Economy

JOHN KETZENBERGER Commentary: Time is ripe to heal racing riftRestricted Content

June 6, 2005
Roger Penske strode alone through Gasoline Alley 90 minutes before this year's Indy 500. With 13 wins at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, The Captain certainly knows how to get his drivers around the famed Brickyard. In the next line of garages, a crowd of race fans and media gathered before doors numbered 12, 13, 14 and 15 where Rahal Letterman was encamped. Rookie phenom Danica Patrick arrived on a golf cart and disappeared quickly into the relative calm before the...
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VIEWPOINT: Eastern time zone is Hoosiers' best betRestricted Content

May 30, 2005
Michael Wells
The Indiana General Assembly crusade to enact daylight-saving time legislation was legendary. The rising and falling fortunes, near-defeats and ultimate success have been well-chronicled. It turns out, however, that one battle may be over, but the fight still must go on. An amendment to the original legislation requires the General Assembly and Gov. Mitch Daniels to petition the U.S. Department of Transportation to hold hearings throughout the state. The reason: to determine what time zone (Eastern or Central) the 77...
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Anderson incubator represents 'beginning': Officials hope new center will help revive economyRestricted Content

May 30, 2005
Scott Olson
Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems LTD is the type of high-tech company Anderson officials are coveting for their new small-business incubator, the Flagship Enterprise Center. Founded in 2002 by Pete Bitar, XADS has a contract with the U.S. Marine Corps to develop a long-range, wireless stun gun, known as the StunStrike system. The patent-pending technology delivers a non-lethal electrical current to disable a human target. The prototypes include a rifle that can fire up to 15 feet and a vehiclemounted unit...
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BULLS & BEARS: To avoid pension turmoil take the money and investRestricted Content

May 30, 2005
Dave Gilreath
On May 13, Tiger Woods missed a putt and, for the first time in seven years, didn't make the cut in a PGA tournament. Tiger wasn't so happy, but the guy who made the cut because of Tiger's miss was delighted. Two days before Tiger's historic miss, in a crowded Chicago courtroom, United Airlines won permission from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to renege on some of the pension payments it owed to retirees and employees. The decision was historic, as...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: With growth at both ends, job spectrum requires skillRestricted Content

May 30, 2005
Patrick Barkey
When you study economic statistics for a living, it's easy to lose perspective on a lot of things. Take the labor market, for instance. In any given month, millions of American workers are hired and fired, promoted, demoted and transferred. Some drop out of the labor force to raise children or to go to school, while others retire altogether or begin new careers. When the smoke clears after all those changes, the statisticians in Indiana and in Washington tally it...
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Rule changes to get scrutiny: State agencies now must consider economic impactRestricted Content

May 30, 2005
Scott Olson
Indiana's small-business owners will encounter a friendlier regulatory environment in July, when sweeping legislation takes effect requiring state agencies to consider the impact of their policies on small businesses before adopting them. House Enrolled Act 1822 should help ease the burden of what advocates consider unnecessary regulations on small businesses by requiring agencies that intend to change or adopt a rule to provide an economic-impact statement first. The statement must include a regulatory-flexibility analysis that evaluates alternative methods that could...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Expect more rate hikes by the Federal ReserveRestricted Content

May 23, 2005
Patrick Barkey
If the Federal Reserve's steady diet of interest rate increases is giving you or your business indigestion, I've got a suggestion for you-get used to it. The inflation winds in the U.S. economy are whipping up like they haven't in almost a decade, and it's up to our central bank to do something about it. We learned a few years ago that rapid advances in technology and globalization didn't make the national economy recession-proof, as some foolishly boasted. It looks...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Indiana needs action, not analysisRestricted Content

May 23, 2005
Morton Marcus
Indiana and other states have economic incentives for businesses. We try to attract new businesses, to keep businesses here, and to encourage existing businesses to expand. Yet we do not feel sufficiently successful. Often, we are told that our failing is the inadequate development of entrepreneurial firms. The guys and gals with bright ideas just don't get going in Indiana. Does our culture stifle creativity and the innovative spirit? Do our institutions make us docile and repress our flowering potential?...
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BULLS & BEARS: Using investors' cash well belies parking-it theoriesRestricted Content

May 23, 2005
Ken Skarbeck
When it comes to four-letter words, "cash" is perhaps the most despised in the investment business. Investors are regularly counseled to "remain fully invested at all times." There even is an industry adage that "cash is trash." The primary case against holding cash rolls off the tip of advisers' tongues like a Buddhist chant: "You can't time the market." Industry marketing pieces show that if you were out of the stock market on its best-performing days over the years, your...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Vibrant city can be built without oceans, mountainsRestricted Content

May 23, 2005
In late April and early May, two things happened. The Legislature adjourned on time and Forbes magazine released its seventh annual list of the best (and worst) metro areas to develop businesses and careers. Forbes based its ranking on business costs, living costs, education levels of the work force, qualityof-life issues as well as job and income growth and migration patterns. Indianapolis ranked 33rd out of 150 of the country's largest metro areas, and there's some good news in that...
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SPORTS Bill Benner: IRL vision falls short for driver on outside looking inRestricted Content

May 23, 2005
This will be the 10th Indianapolis 500 since the split-or chasm, or Grand Canyon-wide divide-in American open-wheel racing, and there is no question that the Indy Racing League and CART/Champ Car continue to suck the exhaust fumes of NASCAR. They lag well behind the taxi-cab series in crowds, television ratings, media coverage and corporate support. Why the knuckleheads who rule both open-wheel circuits stubbornly continue to go their own way is way beyond me, but I suspect the reason can...
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Building trades set for takeoff: Construction companies line up for first set of bids on $300M midfield terminalRestricted Content

May 9, 2005
Chris O\'malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority board on May 9 is expected to vote to approve the letting of the first six construction packages. They're worth a total of $70 million, said Midfield Program Manager John Kish. That's about a quarter of the $300 million terminal building's price tag. The $974 million midfield project also includes a new airport entrance at I-70 and Six Points Road. But it's the terminal building that has broad appeal to the trades. "I'd say this is...
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Demand stokes Coke: After slump, Citizens Gas unit adds workers, expects profitRestricted Content

May 9, 2005
Chris O\'malley
The bituminous-belching behemoth is as close as this city gets to 19th century industry. It is an anathema to economic strategists who would leave smokestacks behind and recast Indianapolis as a haven for the clean rooms of high- and biotechnology. And neighbors fear it's the source of elevated levels of benzene and other chemicals blamed for cancer. Yet the politically and environmentally incorrect Indianapolis Coke appears to be on a comeback-at least financially. The subsidiary of Citizens Gas & Coke...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: By changing our clocks, Hoosiers show progressRestricted Content

May 9, 2005
Patrick Barkey
The state of Indiana ended its isolation as a land of never-changing clocks when the Legislature gave its approval to a bill mandating the practice of daylight-saving time that has been the national standard for almost a quarter century. Next April, the question of what time it is in Indiana, from the point of view of the 98 percent of the domestic economy outside our borders, should finally be put to rest. That makes you either very happy or very...
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INVESTING Keenan Hauke: Changing times mean faster, more efficient marketsRestricted Content

May 9, 2005
I grew up 12 miles from Manhattan. By walking a quartermile up the hill from my house and looking east, I could clearly see the entire skyline. At night, when the World Trade Center was all lit up, it felt close enough to reach with a small jump. Lost in all the gleaming skyscrapers is an institution that is almost as old as our nation. And there are changes going on right now that spell the endgame for that institution...
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STATEHOUSE DISPATCH: Budget process smoother, but effect uncertainRestricted Content

May 2, 2005
Ed Feigenbaum
As legislative veterans well know, there is nothing like a deadline to force action. The April 29 date for final adjournment of the Indiana General Assembly's 2005 session did just that-helped along by new House rules requiring a proposed budget to be available to lawmakers at least 24 hours before a final vote. After some four months of sorting through philosophical issues, fiscal issues, political issues and sometimes even personal issues, lawmakers finally reached agreement on a biennial budget. At...
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An unemployment riddle defies logical explanation ECONOMIC ANALYSIS Patrick Barkey:Restricted Content

May 2, 2005
You may not believe it, but the data tell us it is true. Indiana is leading the Midwest in job growth. In fact, through the last 14 months, the state's employers have kept up with the national economy in net job creation, while Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan have seen their job totals remain stubbornly stagnant. But just as we are getting out the party hats to celebrate, along comes news of an entirely different tone on unemployment rates. The process...
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JOHN KETZENBERGER Commentary: Calling chits to save CraneRestricted Content

May 2, 2005
About halfway between Bill Cook's hometown of Bloomington and French Lick lies the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center. Thanks to billionaire Cook's bet on the area's historic hotels, it looks like French Lick's riverboat is about to come in. But it also looks like Crane's ship, and the nearly 4,000 jobs that go along with it, is about to sail, and no amount of money can keep it in a Hoosier port. Indiana crapped out a decade ago when the...
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Experts see improving market: Higher occupancy rates, more construction projects mean good news for landlords, developersRestricted Content

April 25, 2005
IBJ: Is your sector of the construction or real estate industry better or worse off than a year ago and why? BURK: Overall, I think the Indianapolis office market is better off than it was a year ago. The occupancy rate for the 29-million-plus square feet of multitenant office properties in the market increased by about 2 percent last year, to 82.5 percent. There was positive net absorption of about 600,000 square feet, most of which occurred in the suburbs....
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BULLS & BEARS: Healthy skepticism needed when considering an IPORestricted Content

April 25, 2005
Ken Skarbeck
It is the goal of many wide-eyed entrepreneurs to take a company public. While private businesses are usually closely held by a small number of shareholders, an IPO enables a company to expand its shareholder base. By listing its shares on a stock exchange, a company is exposed to a wide range of investors who are provided the opportunity to review its financial statements and buy and sell the company's shares. Initial public offerings serve as a key capital-raising mechanism...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Going behind the numbers to understand price indexesRestricted Content

April 25, 2005
Patrick Barkey
The joke about economists is that we talk about money but we don't have any. And when it comes to having power and wealth, the status of those who compile the economic statistics we all consume is usually several notches below even that of the lowly economist. Most are employed by government agencies, after all. And the last time I checked, I didn't see anyone from the Forbes 100 list on a public payroll. But the numbers these anonymous statisticians...
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State awaits Crane's fate: Indiana tech promoters hope feds will expand naval baseRestricted Content

April 25, 2005
Peter Schnitzler
In just a few weeks, Hoosiers will learn whether the Navy plans to multiply southwest Indiana's economic development prospects, or mothball its Crane base, the region's primary high-tech asset. The latter scenario would not only devastate the region; it would seriously set back statewide efforts to modernize Indiana's economy. "If Indiana were in a position where we were a recognized technology leader, the loss of that one asset might not loom as large," said Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Vice President...
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EYE ON THE PIE: What politicians don't know can hurt usRestricted Content

April 18, 2005
Morton Marcus
Last week in Jefferson City, I heard Missouri's governor outline his economic and budgetary concerns. It sounded very much like a speech I could have heard in Indiana. His speech went something like this: Medicare is about to eat up the state budget. We have to find ways to use school funds more effectively because our education system is not sufficient for the needs of our citizens. We have to protect taxpayers from the burdens of new taxes. We need...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Pondering the world from an economist's viewpointRestricted Content

April 18, 2005
Patrick Barkey
In case you've ever wondered what it is like to look at life through the eyes of an economist, here are some questions to ponder: Has anyone else noticed that public schools these days are in the transportation business, the sports entertainment business, the restaurant business, the health care business, not to mention the day care business? It's no wonder their jobs are so difficult. To those who decry the risk of diverting Social Security revenue towards personal accounts in...
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Mission to Mexico to promote business: City officials, corporate leaders to take part in tripRestricted Content

April 18, 2005
Katie Maurer
Most Hoosiers visiting Mexico spend their time on the beaches of Cancun, Cabo San Lucas or Puerto Vallarta. But this fall, an excursion of a different kind will take local business and civic leaders south of the border to explore new opportunities for commerce and trade with Mexico. The week-long mission, scheduled for early September, is the brainchild of Sergio Aguilera, Mexico's consul general for Indianapolis. He hopes that exposing Hoosiers to all facets of Mexican life-from government and the...
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  1. Can your dog sign a marriage license or personally state that he wishes to join you in a legal union? If not then no, you cannot marry him. When you teach him to read, write, and speak a discernible language, then maybe you'll have a reasonable argument. Thanks for playing!

  2. Look no further than Mike Rowe, the former host of dirty jobs, who was also a classically trained singer.

  3. Current law states income taxes are paid to the county of residence not county of income source. The most likely scenario would be some alteration of the income tax distribution formula so money earned in Marion co. would go to Marion Co by residents of other counties would partially be distributed to Marion co. as opposed to now where the entirety is held by the resident's county.

  4. This is more same-old, same-old from a new generation of non-progressive 'progressives and fear mongers. One only needs to look at the economic havoc being experienced in California to understand the effect of drought on economies and people's lives. The same mindset in California turned a blind eye to the growth of population and water needs in California, defeating proposal after proposal to build reservoirs, improve water storage and delivery infrastructure...and the price now being paid for putting the demands of a raucous minority ahead of the needs of many. Some people never, never learn..

  5. I wonder if I can marry him too? Considering we are both males, wouldn't that be a same sex marriage as well? If they don't honor it, I'll scream discrimination just like all these people have....

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