Government & Economic Development

Union protests at Statehouse on GOP proposals

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
The future of the bill drawing the strongest ire of the union members remained uncertain as a Republican committee chairman said a decision had not been made on whether so-called right-to-work legislation would be considered this session.
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Indiana House OKs amendment banning gay marriage

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
The Republican-controlled House voted 70-26 to advance the proposal, which must clear two separately-elected Legislatures to get on the ballot for a public vote.
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Booster groups Indy Partnership, Develop Indy to merge

February 15, 2011
Cory Schouten
Local economic development groups Indy Partnership and Develop Indy plan to combine operations to save money and more effectively pitch the city and region to potential job creators.
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Parking meter replacement set to begin in March

February 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Affiliated Computer Services, which struck a deal late last year to manage the city's parking meters, will begin replacing meters in downtown Indianapolis and Broad Ripple early next month.
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Senate committee passes sentencing-reform bill

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee has passed a plan that would keep violent felons in prison longer and reduce punishments for many thefts and drug crimes.
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Indiana launches $250K ad blitz for Illinois businesses

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
State and local officials in northwest Indiana are investing $250,000 in billboards and television and print ads will appear across Illinois and target that state's personal and corporate tax increases.
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Vote delayed on Indiana same-sex marriage amendment

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
Resolution sponsor Rep. Eric Turner of Marion said he wouldn't call it for a vote on Monday because some House members who want to support it were absent for the day.
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Daniels finishes low in weekend straw poll

February 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indiana governor received just 4 percent of the vote among potential Republican presidential candidates at the Conservative Political Action Conference. But an IUPUI political science professor says the weak showing shouldn't dissuade Daniels' supporters.
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CIB set to approve parking lot paving bid

February 14, 2011
The Capital Improvement Board will consider a bid for up to $900,000 to pave a gravel parking lot on the former site of Market Square Arena once slated for redevelopment.
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Inspectors find Indiana tobacco sales to minors declining

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
A partnership called the Tobacco Retailer Inspection Program said Monday that sales of tobacco products to teen-agers occurred in less than 4 percent of more than 8,400 inspections.
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Governor keeping quiet on Indiana immigration bill

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels isn't saying how he feels about a proposal moving in the Legislature that would require police officers in the state to enforce federal immigration laws.
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Bosma: Daniels 'hands on' with legislators

February 13, 2011
Associated Press
The leader of the Indiana House says the governor stays in contact with legislative leaders on his agenda, even as he continues to flirt with a presidential run.
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City looks to tourists to supplement convention business

February 12, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Leisure travelers could plug gap until additional conventions fill the expanded Indiana Convention Center.
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American Legion HQ changes membership tacticsRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
In a move to shore up American Legion’s bottom line, the organization is holding back thousands of new members—along with their dues—from state affiliates.
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Lawmakers eye bonds for debt reliefRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
State lawmakers are exploring the idea of paying back more than $2 billion in federal debt for unemployment insurance by issuing tax-exempt bonds.
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Budget shrinks 21st Century tech fund

February 12, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Even as some of its investments bear fruit in grand fashion, the state’s principal fund for investing in high-tech companies may get even less in the next budget than it did two years ago when its funding was cut in half.
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HICKS: Trimming government fat tough, but necessaryRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Mike Hicks
Recognizing inefficiency in government is far more difficult than rhetoric suggests. The private sector has the blessing of the profits to guide decisions.
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Lobbying commission fires executive director after leave

February 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Lobby Registration Commission on Thursday fired its executive director after placing her on leave without explanation in mid-January.
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Ice storm uses big chunk of city snow-removal budget

February 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis spent almost half its 2011 budget for snow removal—$3.4 million—to deal with last week’s ice and snow storms, the city announced Friday morning.
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Census: Home vacancies follow job losses in Indiana

February 10, 2011
Associated Press
North-central and east-central Indiana, which absorbed the brunt of the job losses, also showed the highest percentage of unoccupied homes.
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Indiana Senate panel advances nuclear incentive bill

February 10, 2011
Associated Press
A bill that would allow Indiana's utilities to quickly pass onto their customers some of the costs of planning nuclear power plants is advancing in the General Assembly.
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Indiana moving ahead with plan to fix jobless fund

February 10, 2011
Associated Press
Legislators aren't holding up a plan to fix Indiana's debt-ridden unemployment insurance fund as they wait to see whether the federal government will put off charging the states interest on what they owe.
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Lawmakers start work on teacher merit pay bill

February 9, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers have started work on one of the more controversial aspects of Gov. Mitch Daniels' sweeping education agenda: a plan to tie teacher pay to student performance.
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Indiana panel OKs early-graduation scholarship

February 9, 2011
Associated Press
A proposal to give Indiana high school seniors a $3,500 college scholarship if they graduate a year early has cleared its first legislative hurdle.
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Panel backs Indiana immigration crackdown bill

February 9, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday night that its sponsor says would lead to an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration in the state.
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