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BONIFIELD: Campus entrepreneurs need more loveRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Jake Bonifield / Special to IBJ
Having graduated from college this past month, I have now joined the ranks of the college-educated work force.
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HOWEY: Pence sees a president in the mirror

June 1, 2013
Brian A. Howey / Special to IBJ
Last month, we learned that Gov. Mike Pence was in New York attending an Indiana economic development event in Yankee Stadium. Earlier, he had been at a Republican Governors Association conference in New Orleans. A few days later, he was in Maryland to keynote a national confab on school choice.
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KRULL: We're beginning to see the real Pence

June 1, 2013
John Krull / Special to IBJ
Now that the 2013 General Assembly has wrapped up, a few things about the state’s new governor, Republican Mike Pence, have become clear.
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ODLE: Regulate bullets the way we do drugsRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Samuel L. Odle / Special to IBJ
A study by the Violence Policy Center reveals shocking statistics about Indiana. More Hoosiers were killed by gun violence than traffic accidents in 2009—735 gun deaths versus 715 traffic deaths, according to the Washington, D.C.-based center.
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SOUDER: Pence, Long, Bosma swing differently at political curveballsRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Mark Souder / Special to IBJ
Early in the season in baseball, you can be leading the league in home runs because you can really hit a fastball, even if you can’t hit a curveball. But in the major leagues, soon all you will see is curveballs. You either adjust or you are gone.
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DANIELS: College grads must rise to the momentRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Mitchell Daniels
We meet in a time of continued economic stagnation. Economic growth in 2012 was a depressing 1.5 percent, half the historic average. Three million fewer Americans are employed than when this so-called recovery began. Economic inequality is growing, and unprecedented trillions in transfer payments have not reversed the trend. It was well said that, "We need a recovery from this recovery."
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DAVIS: Prosperity focus lost amid cordialityRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Kathy Davis / Special to IBJ
Keep the hope alive, I tell myself, keep the hope alive.
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BOEHM: Tax cuts at the expense of investment

May 4, 2013
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
The debate over cutting the state income tax was settled for this year, but the subject isn’t put to rest.
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MADISON: Good leaders, swine mix at StatehouseRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
James H. Madison / Special to IBJ
“We are governed by swine,” Meredith Nicholson lamented.
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MASSON: The irrationality of welfare drug testingRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
House Bill 1483, which required drug tests for recipients of public assistance, passed the House 78-17 and the Senate 38-12, but failed at the 11th hour in conference committee. However, given the level of support, it can be expected to return in future sessions.
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BOHANON: Who's afraid of a super-majority?Restricted Content

May 4, 2013
Cecil Bohanon / Special to IBJ
With the Governor’s Mansion in tow and a super-majority in both houses of the Legislature, Republicans seemed poised to impose radical change on the state.
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SADLER: CIB goes wobbly at the negotiating tableRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Doris Anne Sadler / Special to IBJ
The Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board seemed to forget that it spends tax dollars when it approved a $2 million expenditure for two new suites at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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MURPHY: The problem isn't the field, but irrelevant academiciansRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
The question is not whether political science was ever, or is now, relevant.
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WEINZAPFEL: Big challenges make political science as apt as everRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Jonathan Weinzapfel
If we want to know how to find and agree on solutions to the challenges of the day and how to get them implemented, the study of political science is incredibly important.
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LANOSGA: Why the media obsess over awardsRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Gerry Lanosga / Special to IBJ
The news business is in the thick of contest season. You’ve probably noticed.
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GARRISON: No, terrorism really is an Islam problemRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Greg Garrison / Special to IBJ
When U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan waded through a room full of fellow soldiers, gunning down a score or more and murdering 13, he was heard continually yelling "Allahu Akbar"—a close translation of which is something like, "Allah is great."
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SHELLA: Bombings leave us with new realitiesRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
The Boston Marathon bombing is a tragedy that hit close to home. It will continue to hit close to home.
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WESTERHAUS-RENFROW: More black men in college than in prisonRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow / Special to IBJ
My children grew up in an autocratic household with non-negotiable expectations. “You will make your bed before you go to school.” “You will respect your elders and teachers.” And the biggest mandate, “You will go to college.”
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DOWD: Can we get Hillary without the foolery?Restricted Content

May 4, 2013
Maureen Dowd / New York Times Syndicate
Please don’t ask me this anymore.
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WAGNER: The rise of a new Hoosier swing voterRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
Quick, describe a Hoosier swing voter. White, married, middle-class male from southern Indiana, somewhere between 35 and 55 years old, right?
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MARCUS: Lopsided population shift raises alarmsRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Morton Marcus
No one pays attention to a sentence buried in the middle of a recent news story out of Indiana University.
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MAHERN: Be my waiter but not my neighborRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
City-county councilors have a nasty tradition of agreeing with one another to blackball developments within their individual districts.
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HOLCOMB: Party will invest in tech, people, constituenciesRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Eric Holcomb / Special to IBJ
Complacency and overreach are certainly real concerns any time a political party has the type of success the Indiana Republican Party has had in recent election cycles.
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ZODY: It's a matter of time until Republicans overreachRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
John Zody
With super-majorities in both chambers, there’s been plenty of chatter about whether Republican lawmakers will stay focused on their campaign promises to build our economy and create jobs.
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HOWEY: Republicans scald selves with critiqueRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Brian A. Howey / Special to IBJ
It was lunchtime reading unlike any other Craig Dunn had seen.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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