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Push for I-70 truck lanes hits roadblock in studyRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Scott Olson
Economy, high cost of construction cited as factors.
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Judge: Indiana senators can't defend immigration law

March 29, 2013
Associated Press
A federal judge has rebuffed three Indiana lawmakers who asked to be allowed to step into a legal dispute over the state's immigration law after the attorney general declined to defend it.
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Higher payroll taxes take toll on restaurants

March 28, 2013
Associated Press
So far, 2013 has been "a roller coaster ride" for Indiana eateries, according the state trade association's president. Industry observers say a 2-percent increase in the payroll tax is a likely culprit in a nationwide sales decline.
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Postal service can’t cut Saturday delivery, U.S. GAO says

March 21, 2013
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Postal Service doesn’t have the legal authority to cut Saturday mail delivery as Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has said it will do, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday.
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Healthy Indiana Plan gets mixed reviews at hearing

March 20, 2013
Associated Press
Hospital officials praised Indiana's medical savings accounts but some consumer advocates panned them Wednesday during a public hearing as Gov. Mike Pence seeks federal approval to use the Healthy Indiana Plan to expand Medicaid in this state.
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Debate erupts on Indiana's incomplete Medicaid waiver

March 14, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended his administration Thursday over criticism from Democratic lawmakers that they have imperiled Hoosiers' health care by failing to follow proper procedures on Medicaid.
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Feds delay decision on Indiana Medicaid plan

March 13, 2013
Associated Press
The federal government has delayed action on Indiana's proposal to expand Medicaid because the state hasn't received public comment on the proposals, but the issue could be resolved quickly with two hearings set for next week, a spokeswoman for Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday.
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Crane workers to protest federal budget cuts

March 12, 2013
Associated Press
Workers at southern Indiana's Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center are planning a protest of furloughs and pay freezes stemming from the automatic federal budget cuts.
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Overseas tax savings for U.S. drugmakers under threat

March 11, 2013
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. and five other big drugmakers avoided paying $7 billion in U.S. taxes last year by shifting their profits overseas. The strategy has drawn the ire of some legislators.
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Congressman invites Italian gun maker to IndianaRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman is encouraging Beretta to move its U.S. operations from Maryland, which is considering an assault weapons ban.
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Indiana casts eye toward more defense spending

March 4, 2013
Associated Press
State officials have started an effort to attract more military spending to Indiana even though the Defense Department is facing billions of dollars in automatic federal budget cuts.
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Federal cuts to hit Indiana jobless, National Guard

March 4, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana agencies are cutting jobless benefits, furloughing National Guard members and losing food funds for the Women Infants and Children program because of the automatic federal budget cuts, officials said Monday.
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Indy hospitals healthy despite sequester

March 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
While rural hospitals face sharp reductions in their operating incomes, most of the four major hospital systems based in Indianapolis will see only a marginal impact on their finances.
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Crane workers face furloughs due to budget cuts

March 4, 2013
Associated Press
More than 4,000 civilian employees at the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center will face 22 weeks of furloughs beginning next month under automatic federal budget cuts that took effect Friday.
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Sequester could sap $200M from Indiana health care providers

March 1, 2013
J.K. Wall
The sequestration plan kicking in Friday will chop Medicare payments to hospitals, doctors and nursing homes by 2 percent, beginning April 1. One study estimates that the cuts could result in 10,000-plus job losses in Indiana alone.
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Let the sequester begin: Senate fails to block spending cuts

February 28, 2013
Associated Press
The $85 billion in across-the-board federal cuts are set to kick off on Friday, but will fall into place gradually over several months. The Obama administration has pulled back on its earlier warnings of long lines developing quickly at airports and teacher layoffs affecting classrooms.
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Reversal: Indiana jobless benefits go on past Friday

February 27, 2013
Associated Press
Unemployed Indiana residents will keep receiving federally extended unemployment benefits under a reversal by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
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Environmental groups lob new suit at I-69 work

February 27, 2013
Scott Olson
For the third time, the Hoosier Environmental Council has filed a federal suit attempting to stop construction of the 142-mile link between Evansville and Indianapolis.
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Six Indiana airports could see control towers close

February 27, 2013
Associated Press
The Federal Aviation Administration says control towers at airports in Gary, Muncie, Bloomington, Terre Haute, Columbus and West Lafayette could close if federal budget cuts take effect Friday.
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Indianapolis Air Show called off; organizers cite sequestration

February 26, 2013
The air show was set for June 15-16 at Indianapolis Regional Airport near Mount Comfort east of Indianapolis. It has taken place annually since 1996.
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Federal budget cuts would hit military, education in Indiana

February 24, 2013
Associated Press
The White House has tallied the impact of automatic cuts to the federal budget set to take effect this week. Indiana will lose at least $100 million in support for the military, education, child care, seniors and services for other populations.
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Lilly's Alzheimer’s effort may gain from brain-mapping plan

February 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Roche AG and Eli Lilly and Co., two drugmakers racing to develop treatments for some of the least understood brain disorders, may gain the most from a U.S. government boost in funding to fully map the human brain.
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Postal Service plans to eliminate Saturday delivery

February 6, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion annually, the financially struggling agency says.
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U.S. Postal Service hiring 400 workers in Indiana

January 24, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. Postal Service says it's hiring 400 new employees across Indiana, including in Indianapolis, but job-seekers have to apply online by Sunday night.
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Health insurance changes daunting for Indiana employersRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Scott Olson
A portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring companies in 2014 to begin offering health insurance to more workers is causing a lot of anxiety.
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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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