Government & Economic Development

Indianapolis mayor challengers among primary hopefuls

May 2, 2011
Associated Press
Democrats will choose their candidate Tuesday to run against Indianapolis Republican Mayor Greg Ballard, while voters statewide pick nominees for city offices.
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Business groups say legislative session among best

May 2, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Victories include a reduction in corporate income taxes, an overhaul of the state’s unemployment insurance system, and the weakening of an immigration bill that initially resembled a controversial Arizona law.
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Controversial utility bill heads to governor

May 2, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Opponents say the legislation shifts clean-energy risks to ratepayers and protects utility shareholders. Utilities say they need the legislation to help them comply with federal pollution mandates.
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Pence to call supporters; may signal 2012 plans

May 2, 2011
Associated Press
Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Pence is planning a private conference call with supporters this week, fueling speculation that he will make an announcement soon on whether he'll run for Indiana governor in 2012.
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Daniels to decide on White House bid within weeks

May 2, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is on an East Coast trip this week, says he'll decide within weeks whether to run for president.
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Obama reschedules Indianapolis visit for Friday

May 1, 2011
Associated Press
President Barack Obama plans to make his postponed visit to an Indianapolis auto parts manufacturer on Friday and will use the occasion to talk about plans for dealing with rising gas prices.
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Districts: Full-day kindergarten funds not enough

May 1, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' plan to allocate $47 million for full-day kindergarten in districts that don't offer it isn't likely to be enough to make that vision a reality, some districts say.
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Rethinking Monument Circle in Indianapolis

April 30, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
IBJ gathered advice from local and national experts about what should be done to improve the city's most prominent public space and where Indianapolis should look for inspiration.
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Should the mayor have control of Indianapolis' public schools?

April 30, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A group of local power brokers is quietly assembling a plan that would transfer control of Indianapolis Public Schools to the mayor.
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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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  1. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  2. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  3. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  4. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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