Government & Economic Development

Indiana Democrat fighting fines for walkout

April 8, 2011
Associated Press
Democrats who boycotted the Indiana House for five weeks are receiving smaller stipends because fines incurred during their walkout are being deducted from their checks, but at least one Democrat is fighting the process.
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Indiana March revenues come in more than expected

April 8, 2011
Associated Press
The state took in $977.2 million in March, up $69 million, or 8 percent, from the same month a year ago.
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Judge sends election dispute back to recount panel

April 7, 2011
Associated Press
A judge ruled Thursday that Democrats may have a valid argument in challenging whether Republican Secretary of State Charlie White should be kicked out of office, but said the issue should be decided by a state election recount commission.
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Indiana House speaker questions immigration crackdown

April 7, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's Republican House speaker said Thursday he had concerns about aspects of a proposal calling for an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration moving through the Legislature.
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Obama cancels visit to Indiana factory

April 7, 2011
Associated Press
President Barack Obama was scheduled to pay a Friday visit to Allison Transmission, a supplier plant that makes transmission systems for hybrid vehicles.
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Lawmakers still at odds over alcohol ID age requirement

April 7, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana legislators are disagreeing about how old someone should look before they have to provide identification when buying alcohol.
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U.S. attorney sues GOP donor over unpaid trading penalty

April 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The federal government is suing a former Indianapolis businessman and major Republican donor to collect a $600,000 federal penalty for commodities trading violations.
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UPDATE: City chooses manager for Velodrome, park

April 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Marian University will assume management of the Major Taylor Velodrome and the surrounding Lake Sullivan Sports Complex under a partnership announced Thursday morning by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.
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City considering abatement terminations, continuances

April 7, 2011
Scott Olson
Five companies are set to have their tax breaks terminated or continued as the city attempts to update the state of the benefits that date to the previous administration.
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Tax breaks approved for bioanalytical lab operator

April 7, 2011
The Metropolitan Development Commission on Wednesday preliminarily approved Advion BioServices Inc.'s request for a tax abatement to build a laboratory at Purdue Research Park in Indianapolis.
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Challenger alleges misconduct in Westfield mayoral race

April 6, 2011
J.K. Wall
Russell Cameron, who is challenging Westfield Mayor Andy Cook in a May 3 Republican primary, accused Cook’s deputy mayor of improperly using his position and city resources to campaign for Cook’s reelection.
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Judge hears arguments in White election challenge

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
Attorneys for Democrats and Republican Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White accused each other's clients of political manipulation during a Wednesday hearing.
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Indiana Senate panel votes down proposed smoking ban

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate Public Policy Committee voted 8-1 Wednesday against the bill that had exemptions for casinos, bars, fraternal clubs, smoke shops and nursing homes.
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Tax caps lead to painful budget cuts in some counties

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana homeowners and businesses have seen their tax bills cut by more than $655 million since the General Assembly approved property tax caps in 2008. But the savings have been tough for some local governments.
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Judge to hear argument in White election challenge

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
A Marion County judge is set on Wednesday to weigh whether Republican Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White is legally qualified to serve in the office to which he was elected in November.
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Medicare rules hammer hospitals, docs

April 6, 2011
J.K. Wall
Being an accountable care organization will be the major leagues of health care after the federal Medicare program set a high bar for the new kind of doctor-hospital organization.
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Indiana lawmakers OK hotel sites for casino tourneys

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's casinos would be allowed to hold card tournaments at hotels or other sites on their properties under a proposal that has cleared the state Legislature.
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Fate up in air for proposed Indiana smoking ban

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
The fate of a proposed statewide smoking ban in the state Legislature is uncertain, with anti-smoking advocates keeping up their push for restrictions that are tougher than some lawmakers think can win approval.
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House committee nixes changes to Indiana scholarships

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
A proposal to tighten requirements for Indiana's popular 21st Century Scholars program for low-income students is in limbo after a legislative committee removed it from a package of revisions to college financial aid programs.
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Bioanalytical researcher seeking abatement for new lab

April 5, 2011
Scott Olson
Advion, a provider of bioanalytical research and a subsidiary of Ithaca, N.Y.-based Advion BioSciences Inc., is expected to open the 22,000-square-foot lab in mid-May with 49 employees, according to the company's application.
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Indiana Senate panel sets vote on smoking ban

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate Public Policy Committee is expected to vote on the bill Wednesday. Amendments won't be allowed to the bill that currently includes exemptions for casinos, bars, fraternal clubs, smoke shops and nursing homes.
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Unions plan protest rallies across Indiana

April 4, 2011
Associated Press
Labor unions are planning rallies at the Indiana Statehouse and around the state Tuesday as part of continuing protests against Republican-backed legislation.
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Young workers in Indiana still face tough job market

April 3, 2011
Associated Press
The number of Indiana teens and college students with jobs fell sharply during the recession, and their employment prospects might not improve this year.
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Controversy brews over judging charter performance

April 2, 2011
J.K. Wall
There is little agreement—but lots of politics and complex statistics—on how to define success and failure in Indiana’s public schools.
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HOLT: New York threatens to ballast Indiana exports

April 2, 2011
David Holt
Regulations aimed at stopping invasive species are too stiff.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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