Government & Economic Development

Let's limit campaigns to public fundsRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The only way more ideas, more candidates, more party platforms can gain any traction, any consideration by the public at large, would be for all political parties to receive, and run only on public funds.
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Could Mitch Daniels run for prez in 2012?Restricted Content

November 17, 2008
Could Gov. Mitch Daniels run for president in 2012?
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Changes in public policy don't get at root of povertyRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Mike Hicks
The fixes for poverty, and low-wage workers, are hard, deliberate and done family by family. This is why the cost of the welfare program reforms implemented in 1996 didn't plummet with lower enrollment.
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Obama win buoys backers of pro-union measureRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Proposed national legislation that simplifies business unionization is more likely to be adopted during the Obama administration, experts agree.
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Emmis struggling to stay in good stead with lendersRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Greg Andrews
Emmis Communications Corp. struggles to contain expenses and minimize debts due to radio advertising shortfalls.
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Speedway on track to develop tourism year-roundRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
As the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway approaches, the town of Speedway, at long last, is making an aggressive play to turn the world-famous oval into an economic engine that runs year-round.
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Budget cuts threaten local economic data analysisRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Morton Marcus
Budget cuts could eliminate programs that gather and analyze local and state economic data. This would hurt businesses and economic development officials, since they would not have the data that helps them see how their market differs from the state and the nation.
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Here are tips for small biz survival during recessionRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Mickey Maurer
For small businesses to survive, they must be prepared to withstand economic difficulties for some time...
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Fed's TARP changes adding to anxietiesRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Ken Skarbeck
Experts with the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the government's financial bailout program, are struggling to figure out how best to relieve America's financial mess.
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ICVA embarking on new direction with new CEO WelshRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Don Welsh is quickly making a name for himself as a change agent. Though few knew what to think when Welsh announced he was leaving Seattle to become Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association CEO, he's shown he didn't come here to simply wind down his career.
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Builders challenge park fee in ZionsvilleRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Zionsville Town Council members have until Nov. 17 to decide whether to appeal a judge's decision last month that invalidated the town's park-impact fee.
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Hospitality industry needs state supportRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
At this difficult time in the country's economic life, state leaders should invest in tourism promotion and development.
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Greenfield trying to grow post-secondary presence to aid economic developmentRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Chris O'Malley
If certain people in Hancock County have their way, one of the fastest-growing new industries here could be adult education.
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MZD Advertising signs deal with National Guard to publicize child care benefitsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Indianapolis-based MZD Advertising topped a field of 14 agencies competing to become agency of record for Gap Solutions Inc., which provides contracted services that support the National Guard Child Care Program.
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Indiana supports first Democratic president in 44 yearsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
For the first time in more than 40 years, Indiana helped elect a Democratic president.
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Downtown development great for citizens, visitorsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Chris Katterjohn
The development of shopping, restaurants, museums, public arts and hotels downtown in the past 25 years has made Indianapolis a vibrant, more interesting place to live—and to visit.
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Economists research, analyze trendsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Mike Hicks
Most economists spend some time teaching, but the vast majority of our time is spent doing research.
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Change begins with everyone, not just ObamaRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
Sen. Barack Obama's election and call for change and hope, as well as Ind. Gov. Mitch Daniels' re-election after dramatic changes, shows that Americans can become successful again.
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Indiana CEOs are cautious during financial mayhemRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Greg Andrews

CEOs with Simon Property, Duke Realty Corp. and Interactive Intelligence Inc. report that their companies are taking an uncharacteristically cautious approach to acquisitions and investments, given the faltering economy.

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Let's use old terminal for distribution hubRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Brian Williams
The city should organize a public-private partnership to create a multi-modal distribution community at the site of the former Indianapolis Airport terminal.
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Architects and business leaders must work together to prudently maintain, build quality buildingsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Don Altemeyer
Especially during a recession, architects need to build strategies to reach new and existing clients and provide them cost-effective design and construction options.
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Election of president, governor signals Hoosiers desire changesRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Indiana's blue vote for president-elect Barack Obama on Election Day was a sign that Hoosiers are ready for change. So was the state's red vote to keep incumbent Gov. Mitch Daniels in office. In this case, the status quo means more change. Daniels has been making gutsy and sometimes unpopular moves since taking office four years ago. He ran on a promise to keep shaking things up.
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway ponders hotel, moving museumRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are in talks to move their Hall of Fame Museum from the interior of the oval to a spot just outside the south end of the track, an area that could also house a new Speedway hotel.
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Cultural Development Commission may lose millions used to promote Indianapolis artRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Kathleen McLaughlin
A commission that has drawn $12.5 million in grants and public money to promote Indianapolis' artistic side is awaiting word on its future.
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Heritage CEO to chair transportation associationRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Charles F. Potts, the CEO of Indianapolis-based Heritage Construction, will serve as 2009 chairman of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.
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  1. You are correct that Obamacare requires health insurance policies to include richer benefits and protects patients who get sick. That's what I was getting at when I wrote above, "That’s because Obamacare required insurers to take all customers, regardless of their health status, and also established a floor on how skimpy the benefits paid for by health plans could be." I think it's vital to know exactly how much the essential health benefits are costing over previous policies. Unless we know the cost of the law, we can't do a cost-benefit analysis. Taxes were raised in order to offset a 31% rise in health insurance premiums, an increase that paid for richer benefits. Are those richer benefits worth that much or not? That's the question we need to answer. This study at least gets us started on doing so.

  2. *5 employees per floor. Either way its ridiculous.

  3. Jim, thanks for always ready my stuff and providing thoughtful comments. I am sure that someone more familiar with research design and methods could take issue with Kowalski's study. I thought it was of considerable value, however, because so far we have been crediting Obamacare for all the gains in coverage and all price increases, neither of which is entirely fair. This is at least a rigorous attempt to sort things out. Maybe a quixotic attempt, but it's one of the first ones I've seen try to do it in a sophisticated way.

  4. In addition to rewriting history, the paper (or at least your summary of it) ignores that Obamacare policies now must provide "essential health benefits". Maybe Mr Wall has always been insured in a group plan but even group plans had holes you could drive a truck through, like the Colts defensive line last night. Individual plans were even worse. So, when you come up with a study that factors that in, let me know, otherwise the numbers are garbage.

  5. You guys are absolutely right: Cummins should build a massive 80-story high rise, and give each employee 5 floors. Or, I suppose they could always rent out the top floors if they wanted, since downtown office space is bursting at the seams (http://www.ibj.com/article?articleId=49481).

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