Government & Economic Development

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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Indiana manufacturing sector clawing its way backRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Scott Olson
Factories are adding jobs, but returning to pre-recession levels will be a long slog.
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Manufacturer crosses over from auto parts to caskets

April 2, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Gestamp Automocion makes metal components for the auto industry, employing 18,000 people worldwide. Now it is branching into the staid niche of casket manufacturing.
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Mount Comfort Airport takes on new moniker

April 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff
1,805-acre facility on the east side now will be known as the Indianapolis Regional Airport.
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Minority supplier group selects new leader

April 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Directors of the Indiana Minority Supplier Development Council have appointed Carolyn E. Mosby the organization’s new CEO.
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City sells North of South bonds, locks in 5.2-percent rate

April 2, 2011
The city of Indianapolis went to the bond market last month to sell $97 million in debt for the $155 million North of South hotel and retail project near the Eli Lilly and Co. campus.
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Tax breaks for Rolls-Royce hinge on investment, not jobsRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
City officials’ fear that Rolls-Royce Corp. might pull thousands of jobs out of Indianapolis drove the negotiations that culminated last month with the company’s committing to move 2,500 of its local office employees to the south side of downtown.
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Next state budget to spend $117M more on pensions

April 1, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers plan to set aside more money in the next two-year budget to help deal with unfunded pension liabilities, but experts warn the amount needed to pay retirees will only grow in the next 15 years.
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Bills would set fall votes for Indiana school boards

April 1, 2011
Associated Press
All school board elections across Indiana would be moved to the November ballot under bills advancing in the state Legislature.
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Democrats skip session while leader discusses fines

March 31, 2011
Associated Press
A House session scheduled for Thursday morning never took place as Democratic leader Pat Bauer Republican leader Brian Bosma discussed fines the Dems received for walking out on their jobs.
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Indiana House backs GOP state budget plan

March 30, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House has approved a Republican-backed state budget plan that would keep overall education funding at current levels while making major shifts in the way money is divvied up among individual school districts.
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IBM files court motion to depose Daniels, aide

March 30, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels and his chief of staff were both deeply involved in Indiana's decision to outsource the automation of welfare intake, and they should provide depositions in lawsuits over IBM Corp., a lawyer for the company argues in a brief.
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Labor bills targeted in boycott pass Indiana House

March 30, 2011
Associated Press
Republicans in the Indiana House on Wednesday pushed through three labor-related bills that had drawn protests from Democrats during their five-week legislative walkout.
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School voucher proposal approved by House

March 30, 2011
Associated Press
The GOP-led House voted 56-42 on Wednesday in favor of the bill that would use taxpayer money to help some parents move their children from public schools to private schools.
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Indiana House backs ban on higher minimum wages

March 30, 2011
Associated Press
Cities and counties across the state would be prohibited from setting higher minimum wages under a bill approved by the Indiana House.
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Indiana Senate panel may vote on smoking ban after all

March 29, 2011
Associated Press
Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, the chairman of an Indiana Senate committee, said he might call for a vote on the proposal at the Senate Public Policy Committee's April 6 meeting, but that he likely wouldn't allow any amendments.
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Illinois House votes to lift smoking ban at casinos

March 29, 2011
Associated Press
Tom Swoik, executive director of Illinois Casino Gaming Association, said gambling revenue has dropped 32 percent since the state's smoking ban was approved. He said the ban has cost state government about $800 million in taxes.
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