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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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Indianapolis leaders tout plan to curb violence

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
Last year, the city shifted 100 officers to patrol duty to help combat crime. Despite that, Indianapolis suffered 125 homicides in 2013, its highest tally in seven years.
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Institute analyzing proposed sites for criminal justice complex

March 10, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The Indiana University Public Policy Institute is analyzing proposed sites for a Marion County Criminal Justice Complex and may reveal its findings by the end of this week.
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City announces short list for creating justice complex

March 4, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis officials Tuesday named three development groups that will be invited to submit proposals to create a new criminal justice complex.
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Bill adds oversight to redevelopment commissions

March 4, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana House approved a Senate bill that adds transparency to redevelopment commissions and forces decades-old tax-increment financing districts to expire.
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Committee urges hiring commitment for $81M MSA tower project

March 3, 2014
Scott Olson
A City-County Council committee recommended approval for the 28-story building but only if the developer pledges that 30 percent of the workers it hires to build the tower live in Marion County.
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High school/college blend charter pitched by mayorRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wants to launch a new kind of charter school that would allow students to earn both high school and college credentials in fields with lots of jobs and good wages.
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Ballard outlines list of initiatives in annual 'state of' address

February 27, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, in his annual State of the City address Thursday night, went through a checklist of potential projects while exhorting citizens to become ambassadors for the city.
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IndyGo unveils design of $20M downtown transit center

February 27, 2014
Scott Olson
Construction of the hub, which Mayor Greg Ballard noted Thursday in his annual State of the City address, is set to begin this fall with completion expected by the end of 2015.
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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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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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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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Indy officials work to strengthen rental-property inspection bill

February 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A proposal under consideration by the Legislature would curb rental-property inspection programs, but local officials worked with its author to let cities set up landlord registries.
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Fishers city election draws political vets, but not Faultless

February 10, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Fishers residents elect their first mayor this year, and six Republicans are vying to lead the fast-growing suburb. One noticeable absence on the list of candidates: Town Council veteran Scott Faultless, who is not seeking any office.
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City committee again delays vote on MSA tower’s financing

February 4, 2014
Scott Olson
Members of the Metropolitan and Economic Development Committee said they needed more information on Flaherty & Collins' proposed $81 million high-rise project on the former Market Square Arena site.
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Indy political, business leader Beurt SerVaas dies at 94

February 3, 2014
SerVaas was elected to the City-County Council in 1962 and served for more than 40 years, including 27 as council president. He was one of the architects of Unigov, the consolidated city-county government plan credited with revitalizing Indianapolis.
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Airport site identified as 'preferred' for criminal-justice complex

February 3, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
An airport location and the former GM metal-stamping property near downtown are the top two sites listed for a Marion County jails-courts complex in a market survey of 14 potential sites conducted for the city by real estate services firm CBRE.
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Sheriff's challengers prepare for high-profile political fight

February 3, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County Sheriff John Layton faces heavy criticism from two challengers, Republican Emmitt Carney and Democrat Mark Brown.
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New concert venue proposed for GM plant site

January 25, 2014
Scott Olson
A concert venue rivaling the size of Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville has emerged as the favorite in a bid to redevelop the former General Motors metal-stamping plant on the western edge of downtown.
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City close to maxing out $7.3M snow-removal budget

January 21, 2014
Mason King
The city spent about 70 percent of its annual budget on just the first 10 days of the year. With the Department of Public Works' Indy Snow Force scheduled to work on the latest snowfall through 11 p.m. Tuesday, the city is nearing its cap.
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Councilor gives panhandling proposal more time

January 21, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The sponsor of a panhandling ordinance plans to pull it from City-County Council consideration for a second time Tuesday night. Councilor Jeff Miller said he'll reintroduce it in February with easier-to-understand language.
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Foes of $25M Broad Ripple project go to court

January 20, 2014
Scott Olson
The local group wants a judge to overturn the city's decision to grant zoning variances for the apartment-and-retail project. In the meantime, developer Browning Investments is moving forward with its plans.
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Harsh weather at New York's Super Bowl could hurt Indy's 2018 bid chancesRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The game Feb. 2 and the week-long run-up to it will be fresh in the minds of the 32 NFL owners when they gather for their annual meeting in Atlanta in May to hear 2018 Super Bowl bid presentations from Indianapolis, Minneapolis and New Orleans.
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'Ban the box' proposal heads for Indianapolis council

January 6, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis 'ban the box' initiative would affect hiring practices for the city, its vendors and economic development partners.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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