Government & Economic Development

State tax collections fall just below projections

August 13, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The state brought in a total of $1.04 billion in July general fund revenue, a decrease of 0.5 percent from the December 2013 state revenue forecast.
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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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Monroe County alters ordinance that sparked I-69 suit

August 10, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation had sued the southern Indiana county after it imposed restrictions in response to residents' complaints about late-night construction noise around the I-69 site.
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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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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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