Government & Economic Development

Democrats question $12M in consulting contracts

August 13, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The cash-strapped city of Indianapolis has entered agreements worth more than $12 million as it pursues a public-private partnership for a new courthouse and jail. Mayor Greg Ballard's office says the fees will be paid by the developer.
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Indiana challenge to Obamacare tax-credit rule can go forward

August 12, 2014
Bloomberg News
U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence in Indianapolis on Tuesday denied an IRS bid to dismiss that portion of the state’s 2013 lawsuit, in which it claimed the rule illegally conflicts with a provision of the federal law.
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Pence: State to pay special-needs adoption subsidies

August 12, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The move comes just two months after a LaPorte woman filed a lawsuit, saying the state owed her subsidies.
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U.S. Postal Service suffers $2 billion quarterly loss

August 12, 2014
Associated Press
The agency blamed increases in compensation and benefits costs for the red ink and said it would be unable to make a congressionally mandated payment of $5.7 billion this September for health benefits for future retirees.
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Nearly 700,000 Indiana voter registrations 'inactive'

August 12, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said Monday she has marked 696,000 registrations "inactive" as part of her efforts to clean up to the state's rolls of voters.
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CIB to provide $5M for natatorium maintenance

August 11, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Capital Improvement Board of Managers of Marion County voted Monday to give the Indiana Sports Corp. $500,000 a year for the next 10 years to create a reserve fund for maintenance on the IU Natatorium at IUPUI.
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Lagging on jobs, earplug maker agrees to cancel tax breaks

August 11, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Aearo Technologies didn't fulfill its job-creation promises under a 2007 tax abatement agreement with the city of Indianapolis, but it did spend nearly $16 million on buildings and equipment.
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New judicial center would set off an office exodus downtown

August 9, 2014
Scott Olson
New justice center would clear swaths of offices, raising vacancy rates at a time when the market is struggling.
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$500M Indy justice center relies on novel funding

August 9, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city will pay an annual fee to a private-sector consortium that will design, build, finance, maintain and operate the facility. According to the Ballard administration, the project won’t require a tax hike.
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Building spree reshaping Broad Ripple VillageRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
A rush of new office, residential and retail projects suggest real estate developers in Broad Ripple Village remain optimistic in the midst of high-profile incidents of crime.
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State needs better water management, report says

August 8, 2014
Associated Press, Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce warns that demand for water from businesses and residents could outstrip the available supply in coming decades.
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Report: Indiana consumer spending rebounds from recession

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
A new report by the U.S. Commerce Department shows that consumer spending in Indiana has rebounded from the end of the Great Recession faster than the national average.
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State agency says it lacks adoption subsidy money

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Child Services says it isn't paying subsidies to parents who adopted special-needs children out of foster care because the state Legislature hasn't appropriated enough money.
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Boost for vets' health: Obama signs new law

August 7, 2014
Associated Press
Tens of thousands of military veterans who have been enduring long waits for medical care should be able to turn to private doctors almost immediately under a law signed Thursday.
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City OKs $10M in street upgrades for natatorium plan

August 6, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission on Wednesday approved $10 million in downtown tax-increment financing funds to pay for street improvements on the IUPUI campus. The contribution works in conjunction with IUPUI's $20 million overhaul of the IU Natatorium.
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UPDATE: City board approves recycling deal with Covanta

August 6, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Despite heavy lobbying from opponents, the Indianapolis Board of Public Works on Wednesday voted 4-1 in favor of a contract extension with incinerator operator Covanta that will make the company the city's main household recycling provider for the next 14 years.
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City board approves recycling deal with Covanta

August 6, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Board of Public Works voted Wednesday to approve Covanta as the city’s main residential recycling provider for the next 14 years.
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Second city Land Bank defendant pleads guilty

August 6, 2014
Cory Schouten
A second defendant in an alleged kickback scheme involving the Indy Land Bank has pleaded guilty, and a judge has moved a trial for three remaining defendants to early 2015.
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Walgreen turns down inversion, to keep HQ in U.S.

August 6, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's largest drugstore chain said it will no longer pursue an overseas reorganization that would have trimmed the amount of U.S. taxes it pays.
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State studies whether to reduce rules for licensed workers

August 5, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The changes could impact some 470,000 Hoosiers, including health care workers, barbers, plumbers, social workers and others – people who face rules that critics say are far too burdensome.
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Feds require state to talk to Native Americans for HIP 2.0 plan

August 5, 2014
 The Statehouse File
State officials met Tuesday with members of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in an effort to satisfy federal regulators who are considering a proposed expansion of the state’s low-income health insurance program.
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Elwood Staffing to add 40 jobs at Columbus HQ

August 5, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The company, which already employs 200 in Indiana and 1,000 across the country, will accommodate the expansion by buying and renovating a building across the street from its current headquarters.
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City’s Covanta deal discourages rival recycling programs

August 4, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Details of a pending recycling deal with Covanta are emerging. Under the pact, the city of Indianapolis would face financial penalties if it launches other recycling programs.
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ITT Educational shares reeling after deal falls through

August 4, 2014
Bloomberg News
The real estate deal would have brought as much as $119.1 million for the struggling, Carmel-based education firm.
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State eyes downtown site for $17M archives project

August 4, 2014
Mason King
Officials want developers to submit plans for a site on the American Legion Mall, including an existing historic building and a 36,000-square-foot addition.
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