Government & Economic Development

City to consider $7.7M bond issue to assist Broad Ripple project

March 18, 2014
Scott Olson
Browning Investments Inc. says that it is seeking $5.7 million from the bond issue to help finance Canal Pointe, its controversial $30 million apartments-and-retail project.
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Lawmaker Turner worked to nix nursing home ban

March 17, 2014
Associated Press
A powerful House Republican secretly lobbied colleagues in the final hours of the 2014 session last week to kill a measure that would have been disastrous for his family's nursing home business.
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Council backs city financing plan for $81M tower

March 17, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis City-County Council voted 18-9 Monday night to provide up to $23 million in city financing for the project, with the stipulation that 30 percent of the workers hired to build the 28-story building live in Marion County.
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Illiana Expressway eligible for low-interest loan

March 17, 2014
Associated Press
The proposed Illiana Expressway linking northwestern Indiana with Chicago's south suburbs is eligible for a low-interest federal loan for up to one-third of the cost of the $1.5 billion project.
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Apparel firm requests tax break on $15M project

March 17, 2014
 IBJ Staff
OSP Group is in the midst of re-evaluating its national distribution network and has identified major improvements needed at the center, which employs 625.
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Financial emergency sparks cuts in Connersville

March 16, 2014
Associated Press
The city's clerk-treasurer estimates the city's general fund will have less than $15,000 in the bank as of May 1, yet its monthly payroll and claims typically exceed $700,000.
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Pence signs bill allowing state fair alcohol sales

March 16, 2014
Associated Press
The law ends a 67-year ban on selling alcoholic beverages at the Indiana State Fair, positioning Indiana to join 48 other states that allow the practice.
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Statehouse victories tempered by Senate, budget concerns

March 16, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Gov. Mike Pence and House Republicans entered the 2014 legislative session with big plans for education, taxes and roads, but they often found themselves running into Senate roadblocks.
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Palladium construction lawsuits costing panel millionsRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The cash-strapped Carmel Redevelopment Commission has spent more than $6 million since 2009 “responding to, defending and settling” legal claims from contractors involved in construction of the city’s Palladium concert hall.
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Lawmakers create an exit plan for takeover schoolsRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
J.K. Wall
A bill passed by the Indiana General Assembly this year could help bring takeover schools out of their status as islands and reconnect them to larger school systems.
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Rokita takes on FAA medical ruleRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
General aviation pilots abhor the Federal Aviation Authority’s third-class medical certificate, which requires them to get a physical from an FAA-approved doctor every two years, but the industry has yet to take down that bureaucratic hurdle.
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Lawsuits challenge Indiana's gay marriage ban

March 14, 2014
Associated Press
Ken Falk, chief legal counsel for the ACLU of Indiana, said he expects the growing number of federal lawsuits will be consolidated into a single challenge against the state's marriage law.
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Indiana lawmakers kill drug screening for welfare

March 14, 2014
Associated Press
The measure failed in the last minutes of the General Assembly session Thursday. The House passed the measure 81-17, but the Senate voted 24-24 against the bill.
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Last-minute lobbying kills nursing home moratorium

March 14, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A leading proponent of a moratorium on nursing-home construction said last-minute lobbying and big promises about jobs and investment killed the bill.
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Feds revise for-profit college rules after court block

March 14, 2014
Bloomberg News
ITT Educational stock fell Friday after the Obama administration said it has revised its regulatory package for for-profit colleges, rewriting a proposal that the education industry blocked in court almost two years ago.
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Statehouse update: Guns in school parking lots, concussion training, veterans clinics and more

March 13, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
High-profile bills on mass-transit, road funding and business taxes passed the Indiana General Assembly on Thursday, but so did several other pieces of legislation. Here's a rundown.
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General Assembly passes bill to legalize industrial hemp

March 13, 2014
Jessica Seabolt, The Statehouse File
A bill to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in Indiana is headed to Gov. Mike Pence after it passed the House on Wednesday night and the Senate on Thursday.
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Compromise bill allows state to spend $200M on interstates

March 13, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The House passed the compromise bill 95-4, even as a number of lawmakers – including Democrats – complained that the legislation doesn’t include any money for local roads.
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Indiana lawmakers pass package of business tax cuts

March 13, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The corporate income tax and state banking tax would be reduced to 4.9 percent and local governments would be left to decide whether to cut the business equipment tax.
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UPDATE: Mayor picks GM site for criminal justice complex

March 13, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard will recommend that a proposed criminal justice complex be located on the former GM stamping plant on the western side of downtown—not the airport property that ranked highest in a market study.
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Preschool pilot program headed to Pence's desk

March 13, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The General Assembly has approved a pilot program to send low-income children in five counties to preschool.
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Criminal code update pleases some, worries others

March 13, 2014
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said the bill “has been a long time coming” and will provide “sentencing reform that really has been sorely needed.”
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Statehouse update: Abandoned houses, hemp, daycare, addicted moms and more

March 13, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
Numerous bills advanced Wednesday at the Indiana Statehouse, including several that were sent to the governor for approval. Here's a rundown:
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Bosma: $400M for roads, $15M for preschool program

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana would spend heavily on new road construction and launch a preschool pilot program under a pair of last-minute deals reached between Statehouse Republican leaders.
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Food restrictions back in Indiana welfare bill draft

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
A contentious measure to screen and drug-test some welfare recipients and to limit food-stamp use to only "nutritional" foods has resurfaced in the Indiana General Assembly with little time left to vote on the bill.
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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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