Government & Economic Development

Voters expected to OK property-tax cap amendment

October 31, 2010
Associated Press
A recent poll found that more than 60 percent of likely voters support the proposed constitutional amendment, and some of the measure's biggest opponents have given up the fight.
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Critics say state ethics panel too lenient

October 30, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The Indiana State Ethics Commission, which has been under fire for allowing a state regulator to take a job with a utility, has a long history of lenient decisions.
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Indiana life sciences sector copes with shrinking VC poolRestricted Content

October 30, 2010
Chris O\'malley
Venture funds nationwide crested at $100 billion in 2000, but that number last year had drooped to $18 billion.
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City seeks privatization of Velodrome

October 30, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
City officials are hoping that privatizing the Major Taylor Velodrome, which now is in disrepair, will breathe new life into the cycling venue built in 1982 as a key part of Indianapolis’ efforts to become a sports capital.
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Downtown apartment developers take divergent paths to financing

October 30, 2010
Cory Schouten
J.C. Hart Co. spent more than a year securing a $5 million bank loan to expand an existing project; Buckingham Cos. turned to the city to finance its ambitious project just north of the Eli Lilly and Co. campus.
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New parking meter plan could yield Indianapolis more cash

October 30, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The revised plan calls for less money up front, more over the life of the contract and more flexibility to terminate the 50-year deal early.
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Mayor's communications strategist leaving city post

October 29, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Robert Vane, Ballard’s deputy chief of staff and communications director, plans to start his own firm specializing in crisis and strategic communications. His last day with the city is Nov. 5.
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Rail company plans new plant, 650 jobs in Muncie

October 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Alabama-based Progress Rail Services, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., said it plans to invest about $50 million to open the first locomotive manufacturing and assembly plant in the United States in many years.
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Ascension aims to cut costs with $10.9M service center

October 29, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
St. Louis-based Ascension Health announced Friday morning that it would open a professional service center in Indianapolis, creating up to 500 jobs by 2013.
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Veolia losing water contract, will get $29M termination fee

October 28, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Playing a limited role under Indianapolis Water's new owner, Citizens Energy, wouldn't be profitable, Veolia says. Citizens plans to make job offers to "substantially all" Veolia employees.
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National unemployment claims drop sharply

October 28, 2010
Associated Press
Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the second drop in a row and a hopeful sign the job market could be improving.
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U.S. attorneys, FBI to watch for voter fraud, abuses

October 28, 2010
Associated Press
The FBI also will have special agents available to receive allegations of election fraud or discrimination.
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Secretary of state files complaint against teachers' fund broker

October 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
David Karandos, a broker who advised the Indiana State Teachers Association Insurance Trust before it collapsed in 2009, is facing an administrative complaint from the Indiana Securities Division, which alleges 13 violations for unethical, dishonest and deceptive practices.
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Cummins expanding in Columbus, plans 350 jobs

October 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Cummins Inc. announced Tuesday that it will expand its headquarters in Columbus, adding at least 350 professional employees during the next 18 months to support global operations.
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U.S. attorney to ask for review of IURC ethics dispute

October 26, 2010
Associated Press
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says he'll ask "the appropriate federal agency" to review an ethics dispute that has embroiled the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and Duke Energy Corp.
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Kokomo approves tax breaks for Delphi division

October 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Delphi Electronics & Safety is moving ahead with a $28 million investment in its Kokomo operations, city officials said this week.
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City-County Council approves 2011 budget

October 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The CIB's $73.1 million budget, which included a $10 million payment to the Pacers for the operation of Conseco Fieldhouse, passed by a 15-14 vote.
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GOP could gain quorum in state Senate election

October 25, 2010
Mary Dieter
Indiana Senate Democrats, long considered the last bastion of liberal thought in state government, are in danger of becoming politically irrelevant after the Nov. 2 election—something they say would disenfranchise nearly 2 million Hoosiers who live in their districts.
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Some council members still unsure about CIB budget

October 25, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The Capital Improvement Board’s controversial spending plan will face its final trial Monday night as the City-County Council takes up the city’s $1.1 billion budget for next year.
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Indianapolis-area experts see bright spots amid ongoing real estate weaknessRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Health care shows signs of life, and multi-family buildings continue to hold their own, experts said during a recent IBJ Power Breakfast.
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HICKS: Early-childhood education benefits the economyRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Mike Hicks
Plunging into the economics of diapers and pre-literacy programs hardly filled me with gleeful anticipation (though for the record I am a wicked-good diaper changer).
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Prospects for City Market brightening at lastRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
New tenants include fresh-item vendors such as a florist and produce shop, in addition to more healthful prepared foods such as juice, crepes and freshly prepared soup.
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Tax caps give township reform effort new lifeRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
A push to eliminate township government will return to the Statehouse next year—this time with a better shot at success. Township reforms, which have been vigorously debated but never passed, have been touted as a way to make government more cost-effective.
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State’s jobless rate dips slightly to 10.1 percent

October 22, 2010
Indiana's unemployment rate in September was 0.1 percentage point lower than in August and the same as it was the same month last year. But it remains above the national rate of 9.6 percent.
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State getting $25M to clean up old GM sites

October 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana will benefit from a $25.2 million environmental trust established to clean up and redevelop eight former General Motors plants throughout the state, officials said Wednesday.
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