Government & Economic Development

Indiana lawmakers draw close on business tax deal

February 25, 2014
Associated Press
The House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy advanced two separate measures Tuesday that would cut the state's corporate income tax and the state's business equipment tax in certain cases.
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Indiana House amends bill to end efficiency program

February 25, 2014
Associated Press
TThe House voted 66-30 to amend the bill with language that prohibits the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission from extending or entering into contracts for Energizing Indiana's statewide energy efficiency program after Dec. 31
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New owner to spend $51M firing up Noblesville foundry site

February 25, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
ID Castings LLC plans to resurrect the property on South Eighth Street, an eyesore that has been underused for years. The company is asking the city for a $1.3 million tax break.
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Danville to channel TV's Mayberry during 2-day festival

February 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Hendricks County will serve up a heaping helping of nostalgia this spring with a festival devoted to "The Andy Griffith Show."
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City-County Council approves 'ban the box' proposal

February 25, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council passed a "ban the box" ordinance by a wide margin Monday night. The ordinance says the city and its contractors may not use prior criminal convictions as a screening tool in hiring.
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Transit bill advances at Statehouse after losing amendments

February 25, 2014
The Indiana House Ways and Means Committee voted Tuesday morning to move a mass-transit bill to the full House, where it’s sure to see further debate.
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Indiana Wesleyan measure stirs religion debate

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
A measure designed to restore Indiana Wesleyan University's workforce training contract with the state unexpectedly raised issues about religious discrimination Monday in the General Assembly.
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Indiana Senate amends pre-K education bill

February 24, 2014
John Sittler, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Senate shot down two proposed amendments to the pre-K education bill Monday, before finally accepting an amendment to add another member to the study commission.
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'Indiana Grown' bill passes General Assembly

February 24, 2014
John Sittler, The Statehouse File
House Bill 1039, authored by Matt Lehman, R-Berne, would create an 11-member commission to continue to endorse the current “Indiana Grown” initiative.
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Bill to allow booze sales at Indiana State Fair in home stretch

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate passed a bill to lift the ban 33-13 last month, and the state House now has the measure. It cleared the second of its required three readings in the House on Monday.
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UPDATE: Bill to limit Indiana environmental rules dies

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
A state senator has killed legislation that would bar Indiana environmental regulators from creating standards harsher than federal rules.
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House committee mulls corporate contribution to mass transit

February 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana House Ways and Means Committee is expected to vote Monday on a mass-transit bill and is considering an amendment that would require 10 percent of revenue to come from non-traditional sources.
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Chamber recommends IPS explore selling real estate

February 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Public Schools should immediately consider selling five of its buildings and work with IndyGo to transport students, according to a study by the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.
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Governors: Buzz about legalizing pot just smoke in most states

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
Colorado's governor is warning other state leaders against rushing to follow his lead to legalize recreational marijuana.
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Climate case at Supreme Court looks at EPA's power

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
The Obama administration is squaring off at the Supreme Court with industry groups and Republican-led states, including Indiana, over a small but important program aimed at limiting power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.
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New BMV class-action suit alleges drivers overcharged

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
Plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit could secure refunds for overcharges on vehicle registrations and other services if their suit succeeds. The suit follows on the heels of a similar legal battle fought last year.
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Potholes devouring municipal budgets locally, across U.S.

February 24, 2014
Bloomberg News
About three-fourths of U.S. states and many cities, including Indianapolis, have outspent their maintenance budgets dealing with the extreme weather.
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Two former IURC workers named to utility commission

February 24, 2014
Jessica Wray, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission openings generated heavy interest. Gov. Mike Pence added a second round of interviews in order to hear from 21 candidates.
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Delph gains names recognition in fight with own party

February 23, 2014
Associated Press analysis
When conservative state Sen. Mike Delph took to Twitter about gay marriage and ultimately lost his formal vestiges of power within the Senate Republican caucus, he gained something far more valuable in the world of politics.
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Pence won't rule out run for presidency

February 22, 2014
Jessica Wray, The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is leaving the door open on a potential 2016 presidential campaign.
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Fishers' mayoral candidates disagree on best growth strategyRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The six Republicans vying to be Fishers’ first mayor fall into two camps on the key issue of growth: those who support recent efforts to spur business activity downtown, and those who advocate a more hands-off approach.
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Doubt over how to run effective preschools derailed billRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
Sen. Luke Kenley scuttled a pilot program of state-funded preschool vouchers for low-income families on Feb. 19, instead sending it to a summer committee to investigate 10 questions he said will help make sure Indiana launches a worthwhile program.
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Indy Eleven says new stadium crucial for long-term successRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The Indy Eleven won’t play its first game for nearly seven weeks. But officials with the North American Soccer League franchise say there’s already an urgent need to plow ahead with building the team an $87 million stadium.
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Mayor wants to lure high-earners to boost income-tax baseRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard's chief deputy has spent the past six months telling community and business leaders that the city simply cannot cut its way out of its revenue problems; it also needs to attract more people to live within city boundaries so they will pay their income tax to Indianapolis.
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FEIGENBAUM: Lawmakers press ahead on education issuesRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
The business community has turned a keen collective eye to a passel of bills that seek to improve education, including measures that would authorize Indianapolis Public Schools to enter into an agreement with a school-management team to establish innovative network schools, allow charter school support to be distributed at the organizer level; and create a career and technical education diploma.
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