Government & Economic Development

Waiting for construction industry to recoverRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Tawn Parent
The recession officially ended more than two years ago. But the number of local construction jobs is still down 27 percent from 2007 levels. Will the industry ever feel relief? Some segments might not recover in a big way until 2013.
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Indiana doles out $60 million interest payment to fedsRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The state owes $2 billion in federal unemployment insurance debt.
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Startup dangles visas in return for funding, jobsRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A new enterprise in the Muncie area hopes to capitalize on wealthy foreigners’ thirst for U.S. residency.
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City plans more bike lane construction

October 7, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Mayor Greg Ballard has rolled out plans for an additional 75 miles of trails and bike lanes to be built throughout Indianapolis by 2015.
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Indiana Dem chairman calls on lottery director to quit

October 6, 2011
Associated Press
The head of the Indiana Democratic Party wants the director of the Hoosier Lottery to resign after an admission that it overspent on its new headquarters.
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Indiana budget picture improved modestly in September

October 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's budget picture continued improving last month as the state collected $31 million more in taxes than planned.
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Skillman, Hamilton to lead Indiana Bicentennial panel

October 5, 2011
Associated Press
Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton will lead a group that's coordinating events to mark Indiana's upcoming bicentennial.
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U.S. OKs $196M for high-speed Chicago-Detroit rail

October 5, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved $196.5 million for part of a high-speed Amtrak passenger rail link between Chicago and Detroit, U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow from Michigan said Wednesday.
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Lottery says it overspent on amenities for new office

October 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lottery officials say they overspent on their new headquarters and will sell some of their equipment after reports raised questions about the lavish facility.
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Lawmakers might consider revamp of jobless benefits

October 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
State lawmakers could take up a proposal next year that would make unemployment benefits more flexible and give companies additional options for cutting back on employee hours through work-share programs.
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Election spending to exceed $6B thanks to Indiana lawyer

October 5, 2011
Bloomberg News
Indiana attorney James Bopp Jr. has spent 30 years fighting limits on campaign spending, and next year’s political landscape could be transformed by his labor.
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Two injured on motorcycle sue Indy over police crash

October 4, 2011
Associated Press
Two people who were seriously injured when an allegedly intoxicated Indianapolis police officer collided with their stopped motorcycle are seeking unspecified damages from the officer, the police department and the city in at least the third civil suit over the case.
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City seeks new operator for recycling program

October 4, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis is soliciting proposals for its drop-off recycling program with the aim of boosting participation in the initiative.
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Delaware County closing office building on Fridays

October 4, 2011
Associated Press
Facing steep budget cuts, the county northeast of Indianapolis will be shutting down its main government building on Fridays and cutting the work week of nearly 150 employees.
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Farm subsidies may face cuts amid record profits

October 4, 2011
Bloomberg News
U.S. farmers earning record profits are fighting to maintain agricultural subsidies, a likely target of the congressional supercommittee working to reduce federal spending.
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Auto parts maker plans to add 100 jobs in Columbus

October 3, 2011
Sunright America Inc., a Japanese manufacturer of automotive fasteners, plans to nearly double its current space in Columbus and add the 100 jobs by 2014.
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In 'jobs' elections, foreign goods cause trouble

October 2, 2011
Associated Press
In an election cycle focused on jobs, campaign material made by foreign workers tends to become political kryptonite.
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Recovery likely to worsen nursing shortageRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
Marc D. Allan
The recession pushed some nurses out of retirement and others into full-time jobs. But the nurse shortage is expected to resume as the economy improves.
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PANEL: Reforms to rapidly reshape health careRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
Reform-induced changes dominate health care panel of health care experts convened by Indianapolis Business Journal.
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Candidates' pledges keeps the campaign rhetoric flowingRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Melina Kennedy, the Democrat taking on Mayor Greg Ballard in the November election, has made some campaign promises of her own. And some in Ballard’s camp have questioned whether she’ll be able to bring those to fruition.
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Ballard fulfilled some pledges; others fell by waysideRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The Republican mayor says he curbed crime, made government transparent, and pushed for property tax reform. His Democratic challenger says Ballard didn’t make good on repealing an income tax increase, hiring hundreds of police officers, or making education a top priority.
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Marion County could get windfall from property tax saleRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The sale of tax-delinquent properties brought in $13 million above the city’s expenses.
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Panel dismisses complaint against Indiana Democrats

September 30, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Election Commission has dismissed — for now — a campaign finance complaint involving House Democrats who staged a five-week walkout earlier this year.
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Angling to be VP: Republicans run without campaigning

September 30, 2011
Associated Press
More than a year from Election Day, all sorts of Republicans, including Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, are making a point of keeping themselves in the national spotlight, stoking speculation that they are potential running mates for the eventual GOP presidential nominee.
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Indiana unemployment insurance overhaul continues

September 29, 2011
Associated Press
Workers taking voluntary buyouts will no longer be eligible for state unemployment benefits in Indiana beginning Saturday, and severance pay will be counted against unemployment payouts.
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