Government & Economic Development

Porous concrete gets big testRestricted Content

April 30, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The new sidewalk and curb material is easing strain on storm sewers on Ohio Street.
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Bosma to return $10,000 Durham donation

April 29, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance's trustee says Bosma has agreed to return a $10,000 contribution from Durham. Meanwhile, Carl Brizzi, another big recipient of Durham donations, is in settlement discussions with the trustee.
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Chamber names former utility leader as interim president

April 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Past board chairman David N. Griffiths will fill in for Roland Dorson, who resigned as president of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce last week in the wake of a dispute with board leaders.
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Fair trustee sues to recoup $138,580 in GOP donations

April 29, 2011
Greg Andrews
The five lawsuits filed this week do not include the biggest recipients of Tim Durham’s political largesse—campaign committees associated with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.
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Industrial support for utility sale to cost $1.5 million

April 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The price to get big industrial firms like Eli Lilly and Co., National Starch and Rolls-Royce Corp. to support the sale of the city’s water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group is at least $1.5 million.
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New Indiana congressional districts clear Legislature

April 28, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 62-31 mostly along party lines Thursday to give final legislative approval to the redistricting plan and send it to Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is expected to sign it.
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Indiana budget deal includes Daniels-backed refund

April 28, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are set to vote Friday on a new $28 billion state budget that would give slight funding increases to schools without raising taxes, leave the state with more than $1 billion in reserves and give taxpayers refunds if the state takes in more money than it needs.
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Compromise emerges on Indiana immigration bill

April 28, 2011
Associated Press
The state senator who said Indiana should crack down on illegal immigration says a compromise includes the potential loss of state tax benefits for businesses hiring illegal immigrants.
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UPDATE: Skjodt-Barrett Foods bringing 300 jobs to Lebanon

April 28, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The newest tenant in Lebanon Business Park will occupy 214,000 square feet and make a $20 million investment to build out the space and install equipment.
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Indiana Legislature OKs redistricting proposal

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
Maps for new Indiana legislative election districts have gained final approval from the General Assembly and go to Gov. Mitch Daniels for consideration.
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Indiana poised to cut Planned Parenthood funding

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 66-32 Wednesday to approve a bill cutting the $3 million in federal money the state distributes to the organization for family planning and health programs. The Senate approved the measure earlier this month.
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Key Indiana lawmakers optimistic about budget deal

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
Legislative leaders think they are on track to reach a budget deal by the time the legislative session ends Friday.
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Nation's broadest voucher plan passes final hurdle

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 55-43 to give final approval to a bill creating the controversial voucher program. It would allow even middle-class families to use taxpayer money to send their children to private schools.
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Indiana lawmakers OK bill to expand charter schools

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
A bill aimed at spurring more charter schools in Indiana has cleared its final legislative hurdle, marking another piece of Gov. Mitch Daniels' aggressive education agenda to pass.
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Think hopes to boost sales through Indiana rebate

April 27, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Electric car maker Think hopes to kick-start sluggish sales through a rebate program available only to Indiana residents.
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Pentagon pulls plug on Rolls-Royce engine project

April 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Congress and the General Electric/Rolls-Royce group that was developing the engine were notified of the termination decision Monday. Rolls-Royce had about 130 people, mostly engineers, working on the F-35 project in Plainfield and Indianapolis.
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Real estate-related bills still alive in Legislature

April 26, 2011
Tom Harton
The bill with perhaps the best chance of emerging is the so-called dinosaur buildings bill, which would make it easier to win tax incentives for renovating obsolete industrial buildings.
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Judge orders Indiana recount chief into court

April 25, 2011
Associated Press
A judge Monday ordered the head of the Indiana Recount Commission to appear before him this week to explain why the panel has not moved more quickly in considering whether Republican Secretary of State Charlie White was a valid candidate when he won election last fall.
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Teacher merit pay bill heads to Daniels' desk

April 25, 2011
Associated Press
A bill linking teacher pay with student performance has won final legislative approval and now heads to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels for his signature.
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Budget could spur talks of school consolidation

April 25, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers may have found a way to spur the consolidation of small school districts without jumping into the politically unpopular issue: Starve small districts of state funding to financially push them toward merger talks.
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Can Indianapolis recover convention chief stability?

April 23, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Leonard Hoops is the third CEO of the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association in three years—not ideal in an industry where it often takes three to five years to consummate a deal and as long as a decade to plan and build infrastructure
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Education reform might not boost Daniels presidential runRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
Gov. Mitch Daniels is on the cusp of signing the most comprehensive package of school reforms that any state has yet passed, but political insiders say that might not help him in a potential presidential race because education is typically a dud as a presidential political issue.
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Essex Hotel site remains undeveloped despite city dealRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Cory Schouten
Sixteen years after the former Essex Hotel was razed, the site remains a parking lot although a 1990 agreement with the city required its owner to develop the space within five years if the building were torn down.
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Dorson resigns from chamber post

April 22, 2011
Roland Dorson, president of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce since 1996, resigned Friday. He had taken a leave of absence earlier in the month.
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Indiana House passes bill to cut corporate tax rates

April 21, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's corporate income tax rate would be cut by nearly 25 percent over the next four years under a plan the Indiana House has approved.
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  1. As I understand it, the idea is to offer police to live in high risk areas in exchange for a housing benefit/subsidy of some kind. This fact means there is a choice for the officer(s) to take the offer and receive the benefit. In terms of mandating living in a community, it is entirely reasonable for employers to mandate public safety officials live in their community. Again, the public safety official has a choice, to live in the area or to take another job.

  2. The free market will seek its own level. If Employers cannot hire a retain good employees in Marion Co they will leave and set up shop in adjacent county. Marion Co already suffers from businesses leaving I would think this would encourage more of the same.

  3. We gotta stop this Senior crime. Perhaps long jail terms for these old boozers is in order. There are times these days (more rather than less) when this state makes me sick.

  4. One option is to redistribute the payroll tax already collected by the State. A greater share could be allocated to the county of the workplace location as opposed to the county of residency. Not a new tax, just re-allocate what is currently collected.

  5. Have to agree with Mal Burgess. The biggest problem is massive family breakdown in these neighborhoods. While there are a lot of similiarities, there is a MASSIVE difference between 46218 and 46219. 46219 is diluted by some stable areas, and that's probably where the officers live. Incentivizing is fine, but don't criticize officers for choosing not to live in these neighbor hoods. They have to have a break from what is arguably one of the highest stress job in the land. And you'll have to give me hard evidence that putting officers there is going to make a significant difference. Solid family units, responsible fathers, siblings with the same fathers, engaged parents, commitment to education, respect for the rule of law and the importance of work/a job. If the families and the schools (and society) will support these, THEN we can make a difference.

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