Government & Economic Development

Perry Township referendums pass, others fail

May 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Voters in the Metropolitan School District of Perry Township passed two referendums for increased school funding Tuesday night, but similar votes in Franklin Township and Avon failed.
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Ex-Indianapolis deputy mayor Kennedy wins primary

May 3, 2011
Associated Press
Former Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Melina Kennedy has easily won the city's Democratic mayoral primary and will face first-term GOP incumbent Greg Ballard in the November general election.
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Watchdog: State agency heads colluded on gas deal

May 2, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission chief David Hardy and the state's then-finance director, Jennifer Alvey, improperly discussed the merits of a $6.9 billion contract the Indiana Finance Authority ultimately struck with operators of the Indiana Gasification plant proposed for Rockport, plant opponents alleged Monday.
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Indianapolis mayor challengers among primary hopefuls

May 2, 2011
Associated Press
Democrats will choose their candidate Tuesday to run against Indianapolis Republican Mayor Greg Ballard, while voters statewide pick nominees for city offices.
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Business groups say legislative session among best

May 2, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Victories include a reduction in corporate income taxes, an overhaul of the state’s unemployment insurance system, and the weakening of an immigration bill that initially resembled a controversial Arizona law.
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Controversial utility bill heads to governor

May 2, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Opponents say the legislation shifts clean-energy risks to ratepayers and protects utility shareholders. Utilities say they need the legislation to help them comply with federal pollution mandates.
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Pence to call supporters; may signal 2012 plans

May 2, 2011
Associated Press
Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Pence is planning a private conference call with supporters this week, fueling speculation that he will make an announcement soon on whether he'll run for Indiana governor in 2012.
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Daniels to decide on White House bid within weeks

May 2, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is on an East Coast trip this week, says he'll decide within weeks whether to run for president.
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Obama reschedules Indianapolis visit for Friday

May 1, 2011
Associated Press
President Barack Obama plans to make his postponed visit to an Indianapolis auto parts manufacturer on Friday and will use the occasion to talk about plans for dealing with rising gas prices.
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Districts: Full-day kindergarten funds not enough

May 1, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' plan to allocate $47 million for full-day kindergarten in districts that don't offer it isn't likely to be enough to make that vision a reality, some districts say.
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Rethinking Monument Circle in Indianapolis

April 30, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
IBJ gathered advice from local and national experts about what should be done to improve the city's most prominent public space and where Indianapolis should look for inspiration.
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Should the mayor have control of Indianapolis' public schools?

April 30, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A group of local power brokers is quietly assembling a plan that would transfer control of Indianapolis Public Schools to the mayor.
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Porous concrete gets big testRestricted Content

April 30, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The new sidewalk and curb material is easing strain on storm sewers on Ohio Street.
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Bosma to return $10,000 Durham donation

April 29, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance's trustee says Bosma has agreed to return a $10,000 contribution from Durham. Meanwhile, Carl Brizzi, another big recipient of Durham donations, is in settlement discussions with the trustee.
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Chamber names former utility leader as interim president

April 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Past board chairman David N. Griffiths will fill in for Roland Dorson, who resigned as president of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce last week in the wake of a dispute with board leaders.
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Fair trustee sues to recoup $138,580 in GOP donations

April 29, 2011
Greg Andrews
The five lawsuits filed this week do not include the biggest recipients of Tim Durham’s political largesse—campaign committees associated with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.
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Industrial support for utility sale to cost $1.5 million

April 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The price to get big industrial firms like Eli Lilly and Co., National Starch and Rolls-Royce Corp. to support the sale of the city’s water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group is at least $1.5 million.
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New Indiana congressional districts clear Legislature

April 28, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 62-31 mostly along party lines Thursday to give final legislative approval to the redistricting plan and send it to Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is expected to sign it.
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Indiana budget deal includes Daniels-backed refund

April 28, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are set to vote Friday on a new $28 billion state budget that would give slight funding increases to schools without raising taxes, leave the state with more than $1 billion in reserves and give taxpayers refunds if the state takes in more money than it needs.
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Compromise emerges on Indiana immigration bill

April 28, 2011
Associated Press
The state senator who said Indiana should crack down on illegal immigration says a compromise includes the potential loss of state tax benefits for businesses hiring illegal immigrants.
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UPDATE: Skjodt-Barrett Foods bringing 300 jobs to Lebanon

April 28, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The newest tenant in Lebanon Business Park will occupy 214,000 square feet and make a $20 million investment to build out the space and install equipment.
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Indiana Legislature OKs redistricting proposal

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
Maps for new Indiana legislative election districts have gained final approval from the General Assembly and go to Gov. Mitch Daniels for consideration.
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Indiana poised to cut Planned Parenthood funding

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 66-32 Wednesday to approve a bill cutting the $3 million in federal money the state distributes to the organization for family planning and health programs. The Senate approved the measure earlier this month.
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Key Indiana lawmakers optimistic about budget deal

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
Legislative leaders think they are on track to reach a budget deal by the time the legislative session ends Friday.
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Nation's broadest voucher plan passes final hurdle

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 55-43 to give final approval to a bill creating the controversial voucher program. It would allow even middle-class families to use taxpayer money to send their children to private schools.
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