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Here's the solution to economic crisisRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Replacing all sales taxes with an import tax/tariff is among several reforms that would solve the nation's economic crises.
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Legislators struggling with economic imperativesRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The Indiana state budget will continue to be a work in progress for many more weeks.
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Market, not bailouts, should stimulate refinancingsRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Mike Hicks
Markets, no matter how imperfect, not government programs, manage the economy.
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Payroll tax hike loomingRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Shoring up the state's jobless-fund shortfall likely will cost employers and employees more.
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Crackdown on bank pay pinches Hoosier execsRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Greg Andrews
When Sen. Chris Dodd decided to wage war on corporate excess, he had Wall Street fat cats in his sights, not people like Bob Jones, the folksy CEO of Old National Corp. in Evansville.
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ICVA seeks extra $15M to market new centerRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association says it needs more sales and marketing firepower to fill an expanded convention center and adjacent hotels. That means asking the city's Capital Improvement Board—one of ICVA's primary sources of funds—for a budget increase of up to 50 percent at the worst possible time.
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Economic illnesses are like virusesRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Morton Marcus
What kind of remedy should be applied to the economy? Surely we want something that will work quickly. But we also want something that will help provide income in the future. That's called investment.
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CIB can't count on mall fundersRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
If the Capital Improvement Board comes, hat in hand, looking for help, we trust the investing companies will carefully weigh the benefits they've derived from the city and its thriving downtown before delivering an answer.
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Indians concerned about possible ticket taxRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Some local officials wrestling with the Capital Improvement Board's $37 million deficit think part of the profit made by the Indianapolis Indians could be used to narrow that deficit, but Indian officials balk at that idea because they say they've already paid more than their share.
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CIB could ask for $34 million in write-offs from Circle Centre investors to ease deficitRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Cory Schouten
A group of mostly local companies that made big investments to help launch Circle Centre mall soon could be asked to write off a portion of profits they agreed to redirect into the construction of Conseco Fieldhouse.
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Are we victims of 'group think'?Restricted Content

February 16, 2009
John Guy
"Group think," a powerful and controlling force, was present as the Capital Improvement Board built Lucas Oil Stadium and Eli Lilly and Co. developed and marketed Zyprexa.
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Don't ask the ColtsRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
The Colts are our "heroes," the bedrock of our community (at least for the few months per year that most of them spend here). Why should these esteemed athletes help the city?
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Pacers: We've lost money 9 of last 10 yearsRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Swamped by financial losses that go back to the time Herb and Mel Simon bought the Indiana Pacers in 1983, team officials are now looking for a new game plan—one that may involve financial assistance from taxpayers and visitors.
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NASA contracts soaringRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Chris O'Malley
NASA begins to award more grants to Indiana firms and universities.
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CIB failure isn't an optionRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Creativity and transparency are required to fix the Capital Improvement Board's financial woes.
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An open letter to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim IrsayRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Bill Benner
Jim, you could engender so much good will if you would step forward and provide some short-term relief by paying more toward the operating costs of Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Redevelopment plans threaten Gasoline AlleyRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Business owners along the fabled Gasoline Alley north of Rockville Road think a proposal to close a north-south road linking them to the front door of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will have devastating effects.
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Proposed fiscal stimulus package has high costsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Mike Hicks
Expeditious and clever spending on roads, infrastructure and, in the half-dozen states where it is possible, a tax cut will determine the success of the stimulus plan.
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Stimulus could help medical exchangeRestricted Content

February 2, 2009

 President Barack Obama's economic stimulus bill provides a big opportunity for the Indianapolis-based Indiana Health Information Exchange to spread its expertise around the country.

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Center Township's Drummer stepping down

January 29, 2009
Center Township Trustee Carl Drummer intends to resign from his post to take a lobbying job with Ice Miller LLP, according to a WISH-TV Channel 8 report.
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Auctioneers: Recession may be going, but not yet goneRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Sam Stall
Auction prices are an economic bellwether, since selling items to the highest bidder an an effective way to determine what pretty much anything—from a Fortune 500 company to a Hummel figurine—is really worth.
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Good intentions just aren't enoughRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Morton Marcus
Two weeks ago in this space, I offered an over-the-top column about online networks. Many readers failed to recognize the tongue-in-cheek approach to linking up with others. Instead, they interpreted that hyperbolic diatribe as an attack on computers, the modern age, progress and humanity.
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Indianapolis 'raising the game' for tourism

January 22, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Lackluster economy be darned, Indianapolis' tourism trade gained ground in 2008. And the city's new head cheerleader has even higher hopes for this year and beyond.
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Town of Fishers considers new form of governmentRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Sitting in gridlocked traffic along Interstate 69, Fishers residents might already think of their town as a city. This sprawling suburb of 65,000 people certainly looks nothing like the burg of less than 1,000 it was three decades ago. But down at the municipal government complex, Fishers is still a town, just as it was incorporated in 1891.
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IT not what it was at time of landmark reportRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Chris O'Malley
A 2000 study has proven to be "remarkably prescient" in identifying information technology as a mainstay of the local economy that would "affect all industries and all jobs," said Michael J. Hicks, the top economist at Ball State University.
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