Government & Economic Development

Candidates raise, spend little in quiet election cycle

July 18, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's 2014 election cycle may lack the marquee battles of two years ago, but candidates are still collecting dollars ahead of November's elections.
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Unemployment applications drop to lowest level in 7 years

July 17, 2014
Associated Press
The numbers suggest a strengthening job market, especially since hiring is at its healthiest clip since the late 1990s, and the 6.1 percent unemployment rate is at a 5 1/2-year low.
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Report: Carmel panel may face TIF shortfall but can pay debts

July 17, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
New financial projections suggest the Carmel Redevelopment Commission will have enough annual revenue to pay its debts for the next 15 years before dipping into reserves. But property taxes from the city’s two-dozen TIF districts could fall more than $1 million short as soon as next year.
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State officials confident federal highway funds will come through

July 17, 2014
Emily Metheny, The Statehouse File
Indiana has not solidified contingency plans that would be needed if Congress fails to pass a deal to cover a shortfall in a federal highway fund.
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Pence wraps up UK trade trip after blitz of meetings

July 17, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
The governor met Wednesday with a company considering Indiana for its U.S. operations, but his office would not identify the firm.
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City marshals $400,000 for Monument Circle events, projects

July 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The city, National Endowment for the Arts and Central Indiana Community Foundation have contributed to the plan for expanding amenities, activities and attractions on the Circle.
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Convenience stores remount challenge to cold-beer laws

July 15, 2014
Mason King, Associated Press
Convenience stores in Indiana are appealing a decision from a federal judge in June that continued to prohibit them from selling cold beer.
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South Bend council rejects smoking ban for bars

July 15, 2014
Associated Press
By a 5-4 vote, South Bend failed to join major Indiana cities such as Indianapolis and Fort Wayne that go further than state law to prohibit smoking inside taverns.
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Maplehurst plans expansion into Lebanon, 219 jobs

July 14, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Maplehurst, which is based in Brownsburg, said it will renovate and equip a 180,000-square-foot facility in Lebanon that will house the warehouse, distribution and manufacturing operations for its cake and cupcake products.
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UPDATE: Indiana surplus tops $2B after spending cuts

July 14, 2014
Associated Press
The cash reserves for Indiana's state government grew to more than $2 billion after spending cuts by most state agencies and a reduction in state funding for higher education.
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City focuses on streets in $30M natatorium plan

July 14, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard on Monday morning unveiled details of the plan, in which IUPUI and Lilly Endowment each contribute $10 million for the IU Natatorium renovation. The city's $10 million part of the plan involves nearby streets.
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Hogsett to resign this month as U.S. attorney

July 14, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Joe Hogsett, 58, has long been the subject of rumored bids for both Indianapolis mayor and U.S. senator. His resignation letter on Monday made no mention of future plans.
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Indiana county planning to start aquaculture park

July 14, 2014
Associated Press
A central Indiana county is working on plans for a 60-acre aquaculture park in hopes of attracting more business connected with fish production.
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Excise police warn retirement home about social-hour alcohol

July 12, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana excise police told Meadowood Retirement Community that it could no longer serve its residents alcohol without a state liquor license from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.
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UPDATE: ACLU asks fed attorney to recognize Indiana gay marriages

July 12, 2014
Associated Press
Attorneys are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step in on behalf of hundreds of same-sex couples who were wed before a federal appeals court stayed an order striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban.
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Democratic city-county councilors want police to live inside county

July 12, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
IMPD officers are not required to live in the city, and about 240, or 16 percent of the force, choose to reside elsewhere. Many of the city’s highest-crime neighborhoods have the fewest police officers as residents.
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Bloomington now requiring visual standards for chains

July 12, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
Mayor Mark Kruzan succeeds in five-year battle for ordinance to protect downtown from visual blight.
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Owner of controversial Geist billboard sues city

July 11, 2014
Scott Olson
The company is seeking nearly $1 million from the city after it was forced to remove the billboard, even though it conformed to zoning guidelines for the property.
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City to barricade Broad Ripple street to help curb violence

July 11, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indianapolis officials plan to close a two-block portion of Broad Ripple Avenue to motor vehicles on Friday and Saturday nights for the rest of the summer.
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UPDATE: Bennett accepts $5,000 fine in ethics settlement

July 10, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett has agreed to pay $5,000 as part of a settlement in which he admits to using state resources for campaign work but is cleared of formal ethics violations in a grade-change scandal.
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Panel recommends highway projects, indexed gas tax

July 9, 2014
Seth Morin, The Statehouse File
The state should index its gas tax to increase with inflation, build a new bypass around Indianapolis, and consider user fees to supplement highway funding, a transportation panel said in its recommendations Wednesday.
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Pence headed to United Kingdom for trade trip

July 9, 2014
Jessica Seabolt, The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, first lady Karen Pence and state officials will travel to the United Kingdom on Saturday for an economic development mission to bring jobs and investment to Indiana.
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Indiana agencies told to ignore gay marriages

July 9, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's office is telling state agencies act as if no gay marriages had been performed last month during three days following a federal court order that found the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.
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State aims to raise post-secondary education attainment

July 9, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
At least 60 percent of Indiana's workforce will need post-secondary education skills by 2025 in order to compete for jobs, Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellsperman said Tuesday.
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Government made $100B in improper payments in 2013

July 9, 2014
Associated Press
By its own estimate, the U.S. government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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