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Pilots heap praise on state lawmakersRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indiana aviators are still celebrating two tax breaks created in the 2013 legislative session, one eliminating a sales tax on parts and repairs and a restructuring of the fuel tax that translates to hundreds in savings per fill-up.
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Pence visits Subaru officials, plants tree in Japan

September 12, 2013
Jesse Wilson, The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is visiting Japanese companies that do major business in Indiana on a trade mission to Asia.
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Legislators collide over regional mass-transit plan

September 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
During a committee meeting Tuesday, Sen. Brent Waltz and Rep. Ed DeLaney crossed swords on a proposal that included widening roads and reforming the IndyGo bus service.
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Pence: Indiana a ‘destination of choice’ for Japanese firms

September 10, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Pence is on his first foreign trade mission as governor and spoke in Tokyo at the 45th Annual Joint Meeting of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association and Japan-Midwest U.S. Association.
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Pence departing for trade mission to Japan

September 5, 2013
Associated Press
Pence plans to fly out of Indianapolis on Thursday morning and return in nine days. He'll make stops in Tokyo, Nagoya and Tochigi Prefecture.
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GOP powerbrokers crafted Indiana education policy, emails show

September 1, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana education overhaul associated with Tony Bennett and then-Gov. Mitch Daniels actually was crafted in private by a handful of state GOP bigwigs, including Al Hubbard, Mark Miles and Mark Lubbers, according to emails obtained by the Associated Press. Elected officials weren't included for months.
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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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New rules taking effect despite Pence moratorium

June 29, 2013
Associated Press
Dozens of new rules and regulations have been implemented in Indiana in recent months despite an executive order Gov. Mike Pence signed on his first day in office.
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Illinois, Indiana governors host expressway forum

June 24, 2013
Associated Press
Governors from Illinois and Indiana kicked off a two-day forum Monday in hopes of attracting potential contractors, laborers and investors for a planned 47-mile expressway.
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Pence slowly putting his stamp on Indiana, GOP

June 24, 2013
Associated Press
Performance metrics and "key priority items" sound like dry management talk, but they provide insight into how Gov. Mike Pence is slowly taking the reins of the state and crafting Indiana's government with his own priorities.
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Ballard veto hints at plan to increase police on streets

June 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Instead of freeing up $6 million in Rebuild Indy funds for new recruits, city officials will soon debut a plan to move 100 officers from desk jobs to patrol, according to the mayor.
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Pence names Lilly alum Tobias, Pacers' Morris as IU trustees

June 20, 2013
Associated Press
Retired Eli Lilly and Co. executive Randall Tobias and Pacers Sports & Entertainment President Jim Morris have been appointed to three-year terms on the Indiana University Board of Trustees.
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Posey County backs bonds for $1.3B fertilizer plant

June 20, 2013
Associated Press
A southwestern Indiana county is issuing $1.3 billion in bonds for a fertilizer plant being developed by a Pakistan-based group after Gov. Mike Pence pulled state support.
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Fishers' first mayoral election set for next year

June 18, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Fishers residents will elect their first mayor a year earlier than expected due to a change in state law that establishes Jan. 1, 2015, as the date the town becomes a city.
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Pence putting stamp on Indiana with new goals

June 17, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced Monday he will shuffle where state agencies focus most of their efforts. State Budget Director Chris Atkins said the new priorities reflect the goals that Pence laid out in his campaign.
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City to host USA Cricket championships in 2014

June 14, 2013
The tournament is slated for the new Indianapolis World Sports Park on the far-east side for three years beginning in 2014, the USA Cricket Association said.
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Pence officials seek ethics opinions from panel

June 13, 2013
Associated Press
A group of state officials is seeking advice from Indiana's ethics commission about potential conflicts of interest from new jobs and old relationships.
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Pence urges lawmakers to uphold tax bill veto

June 10, 2013
Associated Press
Pence sent a letter to legislators urging them to uphold his veto of a local tax measure. The measure retroactively approves taxes collected by Jackson and Pulaski counties to pay for new jails.
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Pence administration shuffles several positions

June 3, 2013
Associated Press
One job change has led to a series of others in Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's five-month-old administration.
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UPDATE: Brizzi lieutenant agrees to guilty plea in bribery case

May 13, 2013
Cory Schouten
David Wyser, the top deputy under former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, was charged with bribery for his role in the early release of a woman convicted in a murder-for-hire scheme.
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Young aggravates colleagues, puts stamp on Marion CountyRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
State Senator from Speedway plays outsized role in shaping policy for Indianapolis.
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Republicans to question Ballard's $6M sports park

April 22, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The City-County Council's GOP caucus will grill the mayor's staff in a private meeting Monday evening about plans for the park, which caught many of them by surprise last week.
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Ballard: New $6M complex will help attract world sports

April 16, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Mayor Greg Ballard revealed in India Tuesday that Indianapolis hopes to host the inaugural United States Cricketing Championship next year. The venue would be a little-discussed park on the east side undergoing a $6 million transformation.
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IEDC deal with Mainstreet put on hold by Pence

April 8, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence asked the Indiana Economic Development Corp. on Monday to review its decision to grant $345,000 in economic incentives to a company started by a top Republican lawmaker and his son.
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City struggles to close gap on $30M in budget cuts

April 8, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis leaders made a pact to cut 5 percent from the already-adopted 2013 budget, but the reality might prove too difficult to stomach.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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