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Indiana Senate OKs business agency disclosure bill

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Indiana's business recruitment agency would face greater disclosure requirements under a bill approved by the state Senate.

Senators voted 49-1 Tuesday in favor of requiring the Indiana Economic Development Corp. to prepare an annual public report on tax incentives provided to businesses and the number of jobs created by their projects.

Bill sponsor Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel, a Republican, says he believes companies who seek government incentives should face greater transparency.

The bill follows a WTHR-TV investigation finding as many as 40 percent of the more than 100,000 job commitments promoted by former Gov. Mitch Daniels and agency officials from 2005 to 2010 never materialized, but the IEDC wouldn't disclose which companies didn't meet their job commitments.

State economic development officials say the tax incentives pledged to companies for job creation are not provided until the companies meet their commitments.

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.

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  1. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

  2. 85 feet for an ambitious project? I could shoot ej*culate farther than that.

  3. I tried, can't take it anymore. Untill Katz is replaced I can't listen anymore.

  4. Perhaps, but they've had a very active program to reduce rainwater/sump pump inflows for a number of years. But you are correct that controlling these peak flows will require spending more money - surge tanks, lines or removing storm water inflow at the source.

  5. All sewage goes to the Carmel treatment plant on the White River at 96th St. Rainfall should not affect sewage flows, but somehow it does - and the increased rate is more than the plant can handle a few times each year. One big source is typically homeowners who have their sump pumps connect into the sanitary sewer line rather than to the storm sewer line or yard. So we (Carmel and Clay Twp) need someway to hold the excess flow for a few days until the plant can process this material. Carmel wants the surge tank located at the treatment plant but than means an expensive underground line has to be installed through residential areas while CTRWD wants the surge tank located further 'upstream' from the treatment plant which costs less. Either solution works from an environmental control perspective. The less expensive solution means some people would likely have an unsightly tank near them. Carmel wants the more expensive solution - surprise!

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