Government & Economic Development

CARLSON: 'Nerdy' Daniels needs to turn laughs into votes

March 16, 2011
Margaret Carlson / Bloomberg News
When someone as staid as Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels turns out to have a sense of humor about himself, it may be time to take him seriously.
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Indiana House speaker weighing options over boycott

March 15, 2011
Associated Press
The Republican leader of the Indiana House said his patience was wearing thin with Democratic lawmakers who have shut down the legislative process in Indiana for three weeks by walking out on their jobs.
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CIB, Colts dispute stadium concession expenses

March 15, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Colts and its stadium manager, the Capital Improvement Board of Marion County, are squabbling over who pays certain concession expenses. The dispute ultimately could reach arbitration, if an agreement is not reached.
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CICP exec Gifford heading regional transit task force

March 15, 2011
At the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Gifford will work primarily with the private-sector-led Central Indiana Transit Task Force, the regional mass transit initiative co-founded by CICP.
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CIB awards contracts for stadium, convention security

March 15, 2011
The Capital Improvement Board voted Monday to retain the services of three firms that currently provide security at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center, at an annual savings of $300,000.
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Indiana Medicaid mental health list worries advocates

March 14, 2011
Associated Press
The state budget bill moving through the Indiana General Assembly would save about $7 million each year by creating a list of preferred mental health drugs and trying to win larger rebates from manufacturers.
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Indiana state budget website gets new features

March 14, 2011
Associated Press
New features being added to the state of Indiana's budget transparency website include the ability for users to sign up for e-mail alerts when information they are interested in is updated.
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Banks OK with 'clean energy financing districts'Restricted Content

March 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Industry feared original bill would have put mortgage lenders at added risk.
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Regulatory overload is community banks' next big hurdle

March 12, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Banks across Indiana are preparing for a deluge of new regulations that will cut into their bottom lines, make their businesses more complex and, in some cases, force them to consolidate.
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Bill would give neighborhoods more power to resist annexationRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Cities and towns would lose the power to annex land against the owners’ will, under a bill that easily cleared the Indiana Senate.
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Not guilty plea entered for secretary of state

March 11, 2011
Associated Press
A Hamilton County court magistrate has entered a not guilty plea for Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White, who was indicted last week on seven felony counts including voter fraud.
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Thousands gather for union rally at Statehouse

March 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Thousands of Indiana union members held signs, chanted slogans and cheered speakers outside the Statehouse on Thursday at a rally to protest Republican-backed bills they consider an attack on public education and labor unions.
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Senate panel considers proposal to expand charters

March 9, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate Education Committee heard hours of testimony about the bill and details of a new study that found Indiana students who transferred to charter schools showed greater learning gains than their peers who stayed in traditional public schools.
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Indiana House leaders more genial over boycott

March 9, 2011
Associated Press
More than two weeks after Democratic lawmakers fled Indiana to block GOP-backed legislation, both sides gave optimistic signals Wednesday about resolving the stalemate.
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Charter-school boosters tout findings of new study

March 9, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Charter-school advocates are touting a Stanford University study released Wednesday as support for their case to expand charters throughout the state.
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Smoking concerns cloud city’s hosting of Big Ten tourney

March 9, 2011
Scott Olson
A group of Michigan State University alumni are upset that their school is paired with the Slippery Noodle Inn, a smoking establishment, in a city promotion that matches Big Ten universities with downtown bars and restaurants during the men's basketball tournament.
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Competition seeks ideas for Monument Circle

March 9, 2011
A competition that could influence the future look and use of Monument Circle was unveiled Wednesday morning by a partnership that includes the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana.
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GOP leaders consider ways to move on without Dems

March 8, 2011
Associated Press
Frustrated Republicans say they won't be bullied into changing their agenda, and Democrats showed no signs of backing down — with one lawmaker vowing to stay in Urbana, Ill., "until hell freezes over."
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Prosecutors seek another probe involving White

March 8, 2011
Associated Press
Two special prosecutors have asked the Indiana inspector general to investigate whether indicted Secretary of State Charlie White improperly accessed a report detailing evidence of alleged voter fraud against him.
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Indy Partnership makes leadership change official

March 8, 2011
In a move IBJ reported Feb. 15, Scott Fulford, a member of the organization's business development team, has been picked to lead Indiana Partnership, the group announced Tuesday.
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Indiana House Democrats still refusing to work

March 7, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana House Democrat threatened Monday to continue the caucus's ongoing boycott "as long as it takes" to get changes made to Republican-backed proposals, even if their absence shuts down state government.
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City launching mobile app for potholes, other problems

March 7, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city of Indianapolis plans to launch a free application for Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches that will allow residents to report potholes, high weeds or stray dogs as they spot them.
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Democrats try to explain boycott in Web meetings, calls

March 6, 2011
Associated Press
As pressure mounts for Indiana Democrats to end their Statehouse boycott and get back to work, some members of the exiled caucus are holding town hall meetings to explain to their constituents why they are holed up in an Illinois hotel.
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Broad Ripple Village awaits garage bids

March 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
City leaders in February put out a request seeking ideas for how to design and finance a parking garage in Broad Ripple to ease traffic tensions. Responses are due March 11.
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City's street-paving project to resume as weather warmsRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Contractors last September began milling worn-out asphalt on downtown streets, but most remained unfinished over the winter, leaving raised manhole covers and uneven pavement. Now work is resuming as asphalt plants are fired back up for the season.
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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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