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EDITORIAL: Let locals call tax shotsRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Cutting taxes is a worthy goal. So is giving locals as much say as possible in how much they pay and how that money is spent.
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EDITORIAL: Athletes could make charity last by giving instead of creatingRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
It shouldn’t be any surprise that professional athletes are flexing their philanthropic muscles with increasing frequency, leveraging their wealth and fame to start tax-exempt entities of their own.
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EDITORIAL: Sports venues catch a breakRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
It’s been a good month for the city’s old sports venues—some of which, in a relatively short time, went from being the darlings of the city’s amateur sports movement to easy targets for the wrecking ball.
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EDITORIAL: Courts should repel school voucher suitRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
The lawsuit filed this month to block the state’s new school voucher law should be turned back on a lobby that has fought education reform at every turn and rarely offered solutions to underperforming schools other than demanding more money and time.
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EDITORIAL: City should share more details on garage dealRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
The city’s decision to entice a developer to build a parking garage in Broad Ripple is entirely appropriate—we just wish there were more transparency about the deal that will involve more than $6 million of city money.
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EDITORIAL: Lessons to draw from Republic-Frontier dealRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
Despite some post-acquisition stumbles, the moral of the story should not be that Hoosier executives need to proceed with greater caution.
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EDITORIAL: Star newsroom layoffs shortsightedRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff
There was no rejoicing when word of The Indianapolis Star’s most recent round of layoffs reached the IBJ newsroom, no celebratory toasts to the continued erosion of our once-mighty daily competitor.
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EDITORIAL: A move to new digs isn't far-fetched for Angie's ListRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The idea of Angie’s List someday pulling up stakes just east of downtown and moving its 650 employees to Fishers, for example, is discouraging for anyone who recognizes the importance of a healthy city core, but the possibility should come as no surprise.
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EDITORIAL: Aiding ex-offenders helps us allRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Mayor Greg Ballard wisely put a spotlight on the reintegration of ex-offenders into society when he created the city’s Office of Re-entry in 2008. The effort had piles of promise.
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EDITORIAL: TIF-district plan deserves supportRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
The tax districts allow the city to capture new property tax payments within specific boundaries and apply those funds to infrastructure upgrades and other incentives designed to lure private investment.
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EDITORIAL: Nordstrom loss not death knell for downtownRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The news that Nordstrom Inc. will close its Circle Centre mall store July 31 is proof that the suburbs still rule where retail is concerned, but it shouldn’t signal a repeat of the gradual decline downtown suffered when merchants began leaving the city’s core in the 1950s.
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EDITORIAL: Smart growth likely result of Zionsville battle

May 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Zionsville’s family feud over commercial real estate development has stirred passions among people who seem to agree, at least outwardly, on one point: The town’s growth should be managed to preserve its quality of life.
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EDITORIAL: Interstate network isn't enough

May 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Our country’s transportation future is too uncertain for Hoosiers to be almost entirely dependent on cars.
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EDITORIAL: Bad bills temper legislative achievements

May 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff
On the face of it, the just-concluded session of the Indiana General Assembly was one to savor for business interests. Yet in other ways, we’re forlorn, even embarrassed, by what emanated from the Statehouse this year.
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EDITORIAL: Education bills rise above legislative noise

April 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
In a legislative session that saw puzzling attempts to move the state backward on issues such as smoking cessation and public transportation, the success of Gov. Mitch Daniels’ education agenda stands out as a bold step forward.
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EDITORIAL: Township reform must not fail again

April 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
With property tax caps putting the squeeze on budgets, it’s foolhardy for townships to be sitting on millions that could be funding needed services.
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EDITORIAL: Redistricting disappoints again

April 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
If anything is clear from the latest round of drawing new lines for legislative and congressional districts, it’s that the system is still broken.
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EDITORIAL: Rolls-Royce abatements worth the cost

April 9, 2011
We think city officials have made a compelling case for stepping up big to secure the future of one of Indianapolis’ largest employers.
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EDITORIAL: Democrats need to share ideas to stay relevant

April 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indiana House Democrats congratulated each other for stopping anti-union legislation as they returned from self-imposed exile in Illinois on March 28, but they had no one but themselves to blame for the hiatus.
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EDITORIAL: Let's abandon immigration bill

March 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Lawmakers should take notice when broad swaths of society increasingly register opposition to pending legislation, and the immigration reform bill before the General Assembly is one such example.
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EDITORIAL: Democrats test public patience

March 19, 2011
The stalemate that sent Democrats across state lines more than four weeks ago started as a principled stand against a Republican overreach. But it’s the Democrats who will be remembered for overreaching.
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EDITORIAL: Indianapolis doesn't need 'ashtray' label

March 12, 2011
Boosters want to keep building on the city’s progress, educating visitors and residents alike about all that Indiana has to offer. But we’re running the risk of losing our shine in a cloud of smoke.
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EDITORIAL: Hulman & Co.'s new board is good sign

March 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar racing series are far too important to the Indianapolis economy for their fate to rest entirely in the hands of a small board populated by members of the same family.
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EDITORIAL: Don't put reins on horse industry

February 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The current draft of the state budget calls for redirecting most of the money that has gone to horse racing to the general fund instead. The industry would receive $27 million in the next fiscal year, down from $60 million this year.
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EDITORIAL: Legislators need to create jobs, not kill them

February 19, 2011
Sadly, a legislative body supposedly focused on job creation continues to willfully disregard the advice of the very business community that is expected to create those jobs.
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