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'Smoke free' needs to be the law in all Hoosier public placesRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
If Indianapolis is going to be a first-class city, it needs to have a comprehensive smoke-free workplace law.
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New hotel tax in Johnson County would fund horse park, tourism bureauRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Johnson County officials this month approved a 7-percent tax on hotel-room stays.
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Kite drops about 10 percent of its staff as retail market floundersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Cory Schouten
Kite Realty Group Trust has joined local peers Duke Realty Corp. and Lauth Group Inc. in laying off employees as it copes with dried-up credit and a soft retail market.
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How can we lure high-paying jobs?Restricted Content

December 15, 2008
Morton Marcus
Industries want to be where they get high output per dollar spent on compensation for workers — wages, salaries and benefits.
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Steepest job losses of recession are occurring nowRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Mike Hicks
Ball State University's Indiana econometric model predicts that earnings in all of Indiana's major economic sectors except health care will decline in the next three months.
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We need an adequately funded census to manage growthRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Morton Marcus
Without good data, public and private decisions will be hampered in the next decade.
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State ends contract with local air pollution control agenciesRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Local health groups are aghast at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's decision to end contracts with six local air pollution control agencies.
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Indiana should brace for auto falloutRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
The Big Three and the United Auto Workers do not appear to be serious about making the concessions and changes that are necessary to make them a viable entity for the long haul.
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Diesel dip in price not fueling trucking recoveryRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Scott Olson
Hampered much of the year by high fuel prices, trucking companies still may be in for a long haul before they're back on the road to recovery.
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Hetrick column appreciated for its thought-provoking candorRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
I find your writing to be thought-provoking, and I especially liked your [Nov. 24] piece.
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Appeals pay off for biz ownersRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
More than one in four Marion County commercial and industrial property owners has appealed its property tax assessments this year, and the challenges often are paying off in a big way.
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Smoke Free Indy advocates mount new campaignRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Anti-smoking advocates are organizing a new attempt to strengthen Indianapolis' ban against smoking in the workplace.
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Is 2012 Super Bowl wisest investment?Restricted Content

December 8, 2008
Brian Williams
The economic impact of a Super Bowl on the host city is subject to vigorous debate.
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Gun owners, athletes or not, must be responsibleRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Bill Benner
I don't begrudge those who legally obtain and carry guns, whether their intended use is hunting or self-protection, and I question the media frenzy that erupted after New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was arrested for carrying a weapon without a New York license.
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Worst fallout to come in waning days of recessionRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Mike Hicks
The Dec. 1 announcement by the Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research officially dated the recession back to the fourth quarter of 2007.
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Study says most U.S. pensions are poised to recoverRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
A new national analysis of U.S. public pension funds suggests most invest prudently, even in volatile times.
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Indiana bankruptcies soarRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana bankruptcies are rising toward levels not seen since Congress tightened filing rules three years ago, and experts say stretched consumers and businesses probably won't reap benefits of an improved economy for at least a year.
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Communities making tough choices will be better offRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Mike Hicks
During the coming weeks, a number of Indiana cities and counties will be coming to terms with their new budget realities.
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Defamation laws haven't caught up with today's InternetRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Matthew Albaugh
What are the legal repercussions against Web sites that allow defamatory comments to be posted on them?
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Voice-mail firm's latest product helps clients collect overdue debtsRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Scott Olson
A growing number of companies strapped for cash and struggling to pay their bills on time is presenting an unusual opportunity for Vontoo Inc., a local IT firm.
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Indiana's current recession may be less severe than 1982'sRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Morton Marcus
With a growing labor market in Indiana, it would seem this recession, thus far, is an economic shock that may be of shorter duration and severity than the 1982 decline.
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State technology interests don't want economy to stifle progressRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana legislators are signaling that everyone who receives funding from state government must tighten their belts as tax collections fall short of projections. That could cause pressure for cuts to key technology incentives.
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Chamber launches biz networking online siteRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce has launched an online business networking site called Indylink.com.
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Transit isn't just an expense; it's an investmentRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
The Metropolitan Development Commission gave Indianapolis area transportation planners the green light Nov. 12 to do an expedited study that would show locations, cost and potential ridership for mass transit routes region-wide.
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Study examines regional commuter rail types and their expenseRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Chris O'Malley
The Metropolitan Development Commission has given city planners the green light to seek an expedited study that would provide a clearer picture of what a comprehensive regional transit system could look like and how much it would cost.
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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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