Government & Economic Development

Hearings on Walgreens' bid to sell alcohol continued

March 1, 2010
Scott Olson
The Illinois-based drugstore chain is seeking to sell beer and wine at 29 of its stores in Marion County. Opponents argue that the county already has granted enough permits.
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Officials: Weak smoking ban hurts Indianapolis' hospitality efforts

February 27, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The ongoing smoking-ban debate is getting a new spark from convention leaders trying to light a fire under lawmakers, who have been reluctant to approve the kind of comprehensive smoking ban that health—and now tourism—officials say is needed here.
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Ballard retooling city's curbside recycling strategyRestricted Content

February 27, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Mayor Greg Ballard plans to renegotiate the city's trash-collection-and-processing deals, a move aimed at boosting Indianapolis' woeful 3.5-percent curbside-recycling rate and making the city one of the best environmental stewards in the Midwest.
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Mitch Daniels probably won't run for president, but what if he did?

February 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
In a recent interview with Barrons, Daniels gave far more detail about how he’d apply his approach to state government at the federal level.
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$22.3 billion public pension merger poised to fail again

February 26, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Key House Democrat recommends summer study for a Gov. Daniels legislative priority: consolidation of the $14.2 billion Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund and the $8.1 billion Indiana State Teachers Retirement Fund.
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Indiana Senate approves plan to cut township boards

February 25, 2010
Associated Press
The bill now likely will go to a House-Senate conference committee to try to resolve the House-passed and Senate-approved versions of the bill.
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Ethics bill clears Senate with unanimous support

February 25, 2010
Associated Press
The most sweeping Indiana legislation in years to tighten ethics and lobbying rules cleared the state Senate 50-0 Thursday and appeared headed soon to Gov. Mitch Daniels for his signature.
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Indiana House OKs tax-increase repeal, jobs bill

February 24, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana House approved legislation Wednesday that would repeal an unemployment-insurance tax increase and approved a package of tax credits and other incentives designed to create jobs.
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Fort Wayne equipment distributor adding 150 jobs

February 24, 2010
Heritage Food Service Equipment Inc. will begin hiring in March, as a $1.5 million upgrade to its 125,000-square-foot facility is completed.
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State launches Internet-based relocation tool

February 23, 2010
The Indiana Economic Development Corp.'s new Web site and buildings database, powered by a geographic information system, will provide access to real estate and demographic information.
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Daniels opens door on 2012 presidential campaign

February 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
After years of denying interest in a presidential bid, Indiana governor tells Washington Post political writer he may consider bid for Republican nomination on platform of fiscal responsibility.
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Bayh's war chest could play role in Senate race

February 22, 2010
Associated Press
Bayh, who announced last week that he would not seek a third term in the Senate, has wide legal flexibility in directing the $12.2 million left in his campaign account.
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Ballard's high-risk IT project could save millions - or flop

February 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has decided to overhaul the city's and county's 1970s-era financial IT systems—a move that could cement his reputation for improving government efficiency. But the upgrade also is fraught with risk.
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WellPoint's health insurance rate hike spurs legislative inquiryRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
The furor over WellPoint Inc.’s premium hikes have migrated from California to Indiana, where state lawmakers held a high-profile hearing.
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Bayh's exit may pinch federal funds going to IndianaRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Sen. Evan Bayh brought home the bacon—more than $1.4 billion in federal appropriations and grants in just the last 12 months.
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Airport picks team to study re-use of land at old terminal site

February 19, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority's plan for the next "30 to 50 years" starts with a team tapped Friday morning. Five firms will study ways to use airport property, including the former passenger terminal.
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State funding cuts a setback for public stations

February 19, 2010
Scott Olson
The state's eight public television and radio stations, including WFYI in Indianapolis, will not receive their final two installments of public funding for fiscal 2010 because of Indiana's budget crisis.
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House panel OKs delay in unemployment tax hike

February 17, 2010
Associated Press
An Indiana House committee endorsed legislation Wednesday that would delay for one year increases in taxes that employers pay into the state's bankrupt unemployment insurance fund.
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Airport ready to embark on redevelopment plan

February 17, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Airport Authority CEO John Clark revealed Tuesday evening that he is ready to proceed with a plan that could transform the former terminal site into a hub for urban development.
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No Democrat meets Indiana deadline for Senate seat

February 16, 2010
Associated Press
The only Democrat seeking to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Evan Bayh has missed out on qualifying for Indiana's May primary ballot.
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Meetings start public discussion of regional transit plan

February 16, 2010
Indy Connect will hold its first public forum Tuesday evening to begin the process of gathering public input on a regional transportation plan that proposes raising taxes to build a light-rail line, improve bus service and expand roadways.
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UPDATE: Bayh will consider private sector, university post

February 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Tired of partisan politics, Sen. Evan Bayh told a standing-room-only crowd at an Indianapolis news conference Monday afternoon that he will eschew reelection and wants to "serve society in another way."
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Fed up with Congress, Bayh will not run for third term

February 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh has a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m. at IUPUI's University Place Conference Center and Hotel, where he will announce that he won't run for re-election. "I  do not love Congress," he said in a prepared statement.
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Ivy Tech, IPIC snare $10M in job-training grants

February 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Programs will bolster job opportunities for some 1,700 Indiana workers in sectors including health care and advanced manufacturing.
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Gambling to remain an issue in General Assembly

February 13, 2010
Associated Press
Issue likely to land in House, Senate conference committee.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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