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EDITORIAL: Time again for Indy ingenuityRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The close of a landmark event like the Super Bowl coupled with the pressing need to update Indiana Sports Corp.'s long-range plan offers the organization a prime opportunity to rethink the city's sports strategy.
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EDITORIAL: State keeps locals on tight leashRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
It’s a predicament dripping with hypocrisy. This is a state, after all, where politicians routinely complain about the power of the federal government.
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EDITORIAL: Indianapolis ready for Super Bowl spotlightRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Welcome to Indianapolis, home of Super Bowl XLVI, the greatest spectacle in football and the biggest party this city has ever seen.
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EDITORIAL: Pass the proposed city smoking ban and be done with itRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A flawed but ultimately acceptable ordinance that would strengthen Indianapolis’ workplace smoking ban is now headed to the City-County Council. The council should pass the ordinance and Mayor Ballard should sign it.
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EDITORIAL: Democrats' right-to-work wrangling pointlessRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Democratic lawmakers need to come to grips with this reality: The Republicans have the votes to pass right-to-work this session. It’s going to happen. Stop whining about it and staging walkouts, and get on with the work you’re paid to do.
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EDITORIAL: Colts owner reverses field in firing PoliansRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
 IBJ Staff
No one can argue with the outstanding results the Indianapolis Colts saw under Bill and Chris Polian.
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EDITORIAL: Legislators have lengthy to-do list for short sessionRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
Lawmakers should be able to find common ground with Daniels as the governor looks to put his final signature on eight years in office.
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EDITORIAL: Mayoral control is best for IPSRestricted Content

December 24, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Mind Trust’s provocative new report on the future of Indianapolis Public Schools is sure to lead to a vigorous debate over how the district should operate, including whom the public should hold accountable for its performance—the publicly elected board that controls it now or the mayor of Indianapolis.
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EDITORIAL: It's time to jump on the transit trainRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The leading regions of the 21st century won’t be those that just keep adding roads to accommodate the glut of gas-chugging vehicles.
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EDITORIAL: OK smoking ban before year endRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A plea to City-County Council Democrats: Keep your eye on the prize and vote this month for smoke-free workplaces.
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EDITORIAL: State can't afford to lose online sales taxRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
The risk is that requiring online retailers to remit the sales tax will chase them away. We think the potential payoffs are worth taking the chance.
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EDITORIAL: Right-to-work issue will cause legislative gridlockRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
With Indiana Republican leaders targeting right-to-work legislation as their top priority in 2012, we worry about the fate of other issues that should have long ago risen to the top of the heap.
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EDITORIAL: Gregg, Pence should think bigRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
So far, the efforts of government haven’t been enough to reverse the relative slide in wages and incomes. Too few firms are using the playground Indiana has created.
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EDITORIAL: Political gridlock unwelcome hereRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Now that roughly 30 percent of the city’s registered voters have determined who will lead the city the next four years, we have some advice for Mayor Greg Ballard and the newly elected City-County Council: Keep your victory in perspective.
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EDITORIAL: Learn right lessons from Litebox gaffeRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Gov. Mitch Daniels has been derided in recent days for standing next to California businessman Bob Yanagihara and declaring, “We like visionaries, we love inventors, we love entrepreneurs. You are all those things.”
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EDITORIAL: Circles program is peace plan for class warfareRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Dr. James Lemons, a local neonatologist, deserves recognition—and support—for his quest to bridge the widening gap between the country’s haves and have-nots.
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EDITORIAL: Politics as usual isn't good enoughRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Right now, it’s hard to avoid the mud being slung by the two major-party candidates for Indianapolis mayor.
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EDITORIAL: Charter grants beckon big education ideasRestricted Content

October 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Mind Trust is laying plans to hand out up to five $1 million grants next June to teams of educational entrepreneurs who would use the money to develop and launch innovative charter schools in Indianapolis.
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EDITORIAL: Seek tolerance in the workplaceRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Balancing the rights of employees and entrepreneurs is tricky.
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EDITORIAL: Software Artistry a success story all can celebrateRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
The help-desk software maker spawned at least 15 tech startups here ... and unleashed a torrent of investment capital and talent that continues to fuel a critical sector of the local economy.
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EDITORIAL: 'Green' funding is losing glowRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Financial backers need a greater appreciation for the inherent risks in emerging industries.
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EDITORIAL: Unhealthy living a built-in problemRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Simply cheerleading for healthier lifestyles isn’t enough to get America to shape up.
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EDITORIAL: City should plan for what comes after demolitionRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
The city of Indianapolis is launching a $20 million war on abandoned houses without a plan for dealing with the properties after the wrecking-ball dust has settled.
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EDITORIAL: NBA lockout fuels old debateRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
The billions of dollars in public money spent subsidizing franchises across the country don’t buy mayors or governors a seat at the bargaining table when players and team owners wage war.
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EDITORIAL: Invest in the underemployedRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Armies of people find themselves lingering on the sidelines.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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