Government & Economic Development

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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Indiana lawmakers OK bill to expand charter schools

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
A bill aimed at spurring more charter schools in Indiana has cleared its final legislative hurdle, marking another piece of Gov. Mitch Daniels' aggressive education agenda to pass.
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Think hopes to boost sales through Indiana rebate

April 27, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Electric car maker Think hopes to kick-start sluggish sales through a rebate program available only to Indiana residents.
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Pentagon pulls plug on Rolls-Royce engine project

April 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Congress and the General Electric/Rolls-Royce group that was developing the engine were notified of the termination decision Monday. Rolls-Royce had about 130 people, mostly engineers, working on the F-35 project in Plainfield and Indianapolis.
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Real estate-related bills still alive in Legislature

April 26, 2011
Tom Harton
The bill with perhaps the best chance of emerging is the so-called dinosaur buildings bill, which would make it easier to win tax incentives for renovating obsolete industrial buildings.
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Judge orders Indiana recount chief into court

April 25, 2011
Associated Press
A judge Monday ordered the head of the Indiana Recount Commission to appear before him this week to explain why the panel has not moved more quickly in considering whether Republican Secretary of State Charlie White was a valid candidate when he won election last fall.
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Teacher merit pay bill heads to Daniels' desk

April 25, 2011
Associated Press
A bill linking teacher pay with student performance has won final legislative approval and now heads to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels for his signature.
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Budget could spur talks of school consolidation

April 25, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers may have found a way to spur the consolidation of small school districts without jumping into the politically unpopular issue: Starve small districts of state funding to financially push them toward merger talks.
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Can Indianapolis recover convention chief stability?

April 23, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Leonard Hoops is the third CEO of the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association in three years—not ideal in an industry where it often takes three to five years to consummate a deal and as long as a decade to plan and build infrastructure
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Education reform might not boost Daniels presidential runRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
Gov. Mitch Daniels is on the cusp of signing the most comprehensive package of school reforms that any state has yet passed, but political insiders say that might not help him in a potential presidential race because education is typically a dud as a presidential political issue.
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