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Indiana's long fight for less government has politicians protecting own

October 30, 2013
Bloomberg News
Economists and politicians on both sides of the aisle have argued for years that streamlining government in Indiana could save millions of dollars, but vested interests and fear of change have stymied real reform.
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Dems, mayor reach budget deal that includes more police on streets

October 14, 2013
Scott Olson
The agreement funds a $15 million budget shortfall for 2014 and could result in a net gain of 80 police officers by 2015. The City-County Council overwhelmingly approved the budget Monday evening.
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Developer seeks tax break on $16.2M apartment project

October 14, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Herman & Kittle Properties Inc. would save $452,000 in property taxes on the development, slated for 22.5 acres on the southwest side.
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City officials aim to build on momentum for cyclingRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis has become a more bike-friendly city, and city planners are looking to ensure the progress continues. The Metropolitan Development Commission will vote Oct. 16 on a bicycle master plan that lays out a host of educational and policy initiatives to encourage two-wheeled transportation.
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Council to weigh probe of public safety lease deal

October 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The City-County Council will decide Monday whether to create a committee to scrutinize the Regional Operations Center, which Public Safety Director Troy Riggs vacated in September over safety concerns.
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White River path nears completion after $2.7M investment

October 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The 4-mile stretch of the Wapahani Trail will connect White River State Park to a multi-use path on Raymond Street near Eli Lilly and Co.'s 255-acre private park.
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Candidates scarce so far for Fishers' first city election

October 4, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Only two contenders have thrown their hats in the ring, with 10 positions open and just seven months to go before the fledgling city's debut election. Lack of defined district boundaries is a hurdle.
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Former City Hall could reopen for planning work

October 3, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city's development director hopes to launch a countywide planning effort, and he wants it to take place on the first floor of the vacant, century-old building at 202 N. Alabama St.
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Councilor takes aim at Browning's Broad Ripple apartment project

October 1, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
At-large City-County Council member Zach Adamson says that even if the apartments-and-grocery project gets an OK from city development officials on Wednesday, he might force an additional hearing.
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City planning division takes budget hit, cuts five staffers

September 26, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis will rely more on public-private partnerships to hammer out long-term goals for neighborhoods, after laying off half its long-range planning staff.
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City-County Council, Ballard still split on budget

September 23, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council approved one piece of Mayor Greg Ballard's budget proposal Monday night, but they're no closer to agreement on the whole $1 billion spending plan.
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Indy council Democrats pitch budget alternative

September 23, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
City-County Council Democrats are pitching a 2014 budget alternative that would close an $8-million gap left by the majority party's refusal to go along with Mayor Greg Ballard on eliminating the homestead tax credit.
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City votes to end tax break for tech staffing firm

September 19, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Metropolitan Development Commission voted Wednesday to cancel a tax abatement for Indianapolis-based tech staffing firm BCForward, since it didn't hit job-creation targets laid out in a 2009 economic development agreement.
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Indy faces $80K in fines for trash collector death

September 16, 2013
Associated Press
A workplace safety inspection prompted by the death of an Indianapolis trash collector has resulted in 10 violations and proposed fines of $80,000 for the city's public works department.
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Combatants draw partisan distinctions in debate over sheriff's budgetRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Marion County sheriff can't control the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, but Mayor Greg Ballard can't tell the sheriff how to operate jails or secure the City-County Building, and, much to his frustration, he's been unable to control the sheriff's spending.
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New school to anchor Central State projectRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The first new non-residential building at the former Central State Hospital campus, at the corner of West Washington Street and Tibbs Avenue, will be a charter school. Christel House Academy West broke ground last month on about nine acres donated by the city.
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CIB prepared to give Pacers another $11 million

August 28, 2013
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board of Marion County is prepared to give the Pacers another $11 million to offset losses from operating Bakers Life Fieldhouse as it continues to negotiate a long-term contract with the team.
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City to pay $15K to fix wells at new World Sports Park

August 28, 2013
Associated Press
The city of will replace one home water well and lower pumps in three others because they're being sucked dry by an irrigation system at a park where crews are building international sports fields.
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Ballard wins allies for cricket strategyRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Both sides of the political aisle are howling that the $6 million transforming Post Road Community Park into the Indianapolis World Sports Park could be better spent. Yet a powerful group of people and organizations says the 48-acre park championed by Mayor Greg Ballard is already paying off and will score even bigger dividends in the future.
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Special Report: City's building spree leaves trail of spoilsRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard takes pride in Rebuild Indy, the city’s nearly $400 million program that doubled the volume of public works projects—and became engineering and construction firms' largest business opportunity with the city in more than a decade.
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City files nuisance suits against apartments

August 20, 2013
Mason King
The two west-side apartment complexes have generated more than 3,200 police runs since 2008, according to the lawsuits. One owner told IBJ on Tuesday he would work with the city to make improvements.
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Ballard again targets homestead credit in latest budget proposal

August 16, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard will introduce a $1 billion budget for 2014 Monday night that chops the Marion County Sheriff’s spending and once again hinges on a complicated reshuffling of tax revenue.
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ACLU fires lawsuit at city on behalf of panhandlers

August 16, 2013
Jeff Newman
The suit, filed Friday, says four plaintiffs were soliciting donations downtown within the past week when they were asked by city police to cease the activity and leave the area. The plaintiffs were not violating the city’s existing panhandling ordinance, the lawsuit says.
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City plans to borrow $135M for Rebuild Indy

August 15, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
City officials said Thursday that they intend to spend $350 million over the next three years to improve streets, sidewalks, trails and bridges. More than a third would come from a proposed bond issue.
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Well woes blamed on new Indianapolis sports park

August 14, 2013
Associated Press
Some Indianapolis residents living near where the World Sports Park is being built say its new irrigation system is sucking their home water wells dry.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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