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House panel backs weakened immigration bill

April 15, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana House committee has approved a watered-down immigration proposal a day after removing a contentious provision that would have given police officers more latitude to ask people for proof that they are in the country legally.
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Analysts: Indiana taking in more money than expected

April 15, 2011
Associated Press
Analysts told the State Budget Committee on Friday they expect the state to take in some $643.7 million more in fiscal 2012 and 2013 than anticipated in the previous revenue forecast.
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UPDATE: Extra tax dollars aimed at full-day kindergarten

April 15, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A projected increase in state revenue should allow all Indiana school districts to provide full-day kindergarten, a long-time goal of the governor and many education officials.
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Federal budget could create headaches for Rolls-Royce

April 15, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The federal budget crunch already has halted work on a second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter being developed by General Electric and Rolls-Royce—putting thousands of jobs in jeopardy—and it's not the only aerospace program facing an uncertain future.
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Indiana Senate panel backs GOP redistricting plan

April 14, 2011
Associated Press
A Republican-led Indiana Senate committee on Thursday approved a plan for new Senate election districts that Democrats maintain unfairly dilutes black and Hispanic voting strength.
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Arizona-style provision removed from immigration bill

April 14, 2011
Associated Press
The House Public Policy Committee made several changes Thursday to the bill proposed by Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel and could vote on it Friday. The legislation includes tax penalties for businesses that hire illegal immigrants.
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UPDATE: Chamber leaders clashed on transit strategy

April 14, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A turf battle over mass transit may have fueled Roland Dorson's apparent departure from the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.
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Dorson on leave amid fallout with executive committee

April 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Roland Dorson, president of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, has had a falling out with the group’s executive committee and has gone on leave from the organization.
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Indiana panels OK teacher merit pay, voucher bills

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
Two pieces of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' sweeping education plan, a voucher plan that would direct taxpayer money to private schools and a merit pay bill that links teacher pay to student performance, cleared key legislative hurdles Wednesday.
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Indiana Democrats seek more time with GOP redistricting plan

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
Outnumbered Democrats in the Indiana House argued Wednesday that the new election districts proposed by Republicans would lead to fewer competitive races and create more solidly GOP seats.
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Equal Pay Day highlights persistent wage disparity

April 13, 2011
Scott Olson
In Indiana, women working full time are paid an average of $31,762 per year while men earn an average of $43,631 annually, U.S. Census Bureau statistics show.
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Town of Plainfield backs logistics training center

April 13, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Plainfield Town Council has agreed to spend $500,000 over the next five years to help Vincennes University create the VU Logistics Training and Education Center, the college announced Tuesday.
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Panel OKs bill linking student tests, teacher pay

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
Teacher pay would be linked to student performance under a merit pay bill that has cleared an Indiana House committee.
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Citizens Energy agrees to document utility savings

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
A not-for-profit public trust that wants to buy Indianapolis' water and sewer utilities has agreed to document all of the savings it says the $1.9 billion deal would create. State regulators still must approve the transaction.
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Indiana panel OKs criminal checks on medical workers

April 12, 2011
Associated Press
Physicians, dentists, nurses, veterinarians, pharmacists and other medical workers would have to undergo a criminal background check when applying for a new state license under a bill approved Tuesday by an Indiana House committee.
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Senate OKs plan aimed at expanding charter schools

April 12, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved Gov. Mitch Daniels' proposal aimed at expanding charter schools, marking the first piece of the governor's sweeping education agenda to clear both the House and Senate.
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Daniels' plan on sentencing changes appears dead

April 12, 2011
Associated Press
Daniels had made revamping of the criminal sentencing laws one of his top priorities for this year's legislative session, but lawmakers handling the bill said Tuesday they hadn't been able to reach a compromise and didn't expect more action before the General Assembly's April 29 adjournment deadline.
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Gun bill advances without exemption for Indy venues

April 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Capital Improvement Board, which runs the Indiana Convention Center and the city’s professional sports venues, had hoped to get an exemption to Senate Bill 292, which pre-empts local governments from creating their own rules about where people can carry guns.
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Indiana redistricting plan appears to benefit GOP

April 11, 2011
Associated Press
Republicans who control the Indiana General Assembly on Monday released proposed new maps for the state's nine congressional and 150 legislative districts, which seem to point toward solidifying GOP gains in the Statehouse.
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Proposal aims to keep students from inadequate teachers

April 11, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana students wouldn't be stuck with poor-performing teachers for two years in a row under changes House lawmakers are considering to a bill requiring annual teacher evaluations.
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Parties near deal for hospital tax

April 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
Officials from Indiana Medicaid and a hospital trade group are trying to craft a deal that would create a tax on hospitals that would help attract more federal funds for hospitals—thereby offsetting looming cuts in state payments.
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Plan shifts Indiana GOP areas to Donnelly's district

April 11, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate Election Committee on Monday released proposed new district maps for Indiana's nine congressional and 50 state Senate districts.
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Indiana lawmakers to consider big education proposals

April 11, 2011
Associated Press
A House committee is expected to consider Daniels' proposal for teacher merit pay on Monday, and a Senate committee could vote on the Republican governor's controversial plan for private school vouchers on Wednesday.
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Retailers push for online sales taxes

April 9, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indiana’s retail lobby is pushing the state to follow a growing number of states passing laws to require online retailers to collect sales tax from customers.
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Indianapolis tech experts talk about the local industryRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
In a question-and-answer forum, leaders weigh in on topics ranging from tech transfer to the future of Aprimo.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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