Government & Economic Development

Lowe's seeks $500K tax break from city on customer center

September 3, 2014
Mason King
The home-improvement retail giant plans to hire 1,000 workers for the center at Intech Park on the northwest side. The jobs would pay an average hourly wage of about $16.
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Indiana blocks $78 million in wrongful tax refunds

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
The state Department of Revenue says a special investigations unit discovered more than 39,000 returns relying on identity theft to falsely claim $39 million.
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Auto parts supplier plans Indiana factory, 253 jobs

September 3, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Tenneco Inc. announced Wednesday that work is underway preparing an existing 150,000-square-foot building in a Jeffersonville industrial park for the factory.
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UPDATE: Appeals court upholds state's right-to-work law

September 2, 2014
Associated Press
The split decision from a three-judge federal panel in Chicago leaves the matter with the Indiana Supreme Court, which is set to hear oral arguments later this week.
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Feds: AIT's Evans 'unjustly enriched' himself in sale to employees

September 2, 2014
J.K. Wall
Just three months before the parent company of AIT Laboratories was sold in 2009 to its employees for $90 million, it was appraised for $17.1 million, according to a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit.
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Indiana gay marriage supporters push hard in 2014

September 1, 2014
Associated Press
Voters who'd hoped to decide whether to place the state's gay marriage ban in the Constitution won't find the issue on the November ballot. But same-sex marriage is still playing a role in many political races, giving Democrats hopes of gaining a critical foothold in the heavily Republican state.
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Indiana cases could define conflict of interest

August 31, 2014
Associated Press analysis
The question of what constitutes a conflict of interest and why it matters for public officials has run throughout a string of high-profile ethics scandals in Indiana recently.
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Infighting bogs down digital billboards

August 30, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County is an untapped market for digital billboards despite years of lobbying by sign companies, and it’s not because of political opposition to the large, lighted signs. What’s holding back changes to the city code is industry feuding over the form of regulations that could determine their future market share.
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Indiana teachers face new standards, revised test

August 30, 2014
Associated Press
With the school year underway, teachers are still scrambling to bring themselves and their students up to speed on the state's new education standards only months before students take a revamped, high-stakes exam assessing their grasp of the new curriculum.
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Bosma removes Turner from leadership post-scandal

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma has removed Rep. Eric Turner from his leadership team amid concerns over Turner's lobbying against a nursing home construction ban that would have impacted his family's business.
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Mourdock stepping down as Indiana treasurer

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
Mourdock, who defeated longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in the 2012 U.S. Senate primary only to lose the general election after a comment about rape, resigned Friday, four months before the end of his term.
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City Dems tap replacement for departed councilor Brown

August 29, 2014
 IBJ Staff
LaKeisha Jackson was chosen to replace Vernon Brown in District 18. Brown stepped down in August after 11 years on the council.
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More Indiana options coming on insurance exchange

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
Officials say Indiana residents will have more than triple the number of health insurance plans to choose from when the federal insurance exchange enrollment period starts in November. A a 5-percent average increase in exchange premiums is expected.
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UPDATE: Tech entrepreneur Braun named DWD commissioner

August 28, 2014
Jeff Newman
State Rep. Steve Braun, an entrepreneur who sold a publicly traded technology company a decade ago, will take over leadership of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development in late November, Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday morning.
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Boone County agency taps native as eco-devo leader

August 28, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Molly Whitehead joined Boone Economic Development Corp. as executive director Aug. 18, a little more than a month after predecessor Bryan Brackemyre left for a job at Ernst & Young.
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Ten local innovations chosen to reap awards

August 27, 2014
Norm Heikens
New things ranging from apprenticeships to beer dispensers to the Indianapolis Zoo's orangutan exhibit are in line for awards at this year’s Day of Innovation at Hilbert Circle Theatre.
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Ex-Indiana elections chief starts political blog

August 27, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White has been stripped of office and he doesn't have a job, so he's turning to the Internet.
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HQ move earns pharma firm another tax break

August 27, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
A Carmel-based institutional pharmacy plans to invest $8 million expanding its Noblesville operations, which include its headquarters. On Tuesday, it received its second tax-incentive deal from the city in two years.
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U.S. economy forecast to grow by 1.5 percent in 2014

August 27, 2014
Associated Press
The Congressional Budget Office says the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent this year — hurt by a poor first-quarter performance. This new assessment is considerably more pessimistic than the Obama administration's.
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UPDATE: Security gates on tap for governor's mansion

August 27, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Preservation officials for the Meridian corridor have given unanimous approval for wrought-iron gates and brick columns at the entrances to the mansion at 46th and Meridian streets.
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Democrat: Indiana Statehouse lacks ethics

August 26, 2014
Associated Press
A trio of ethics investigations into Indiana officials this year left many watchdogs grumbling about loopholes in the state's ethics laws.
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Judges chide state lawyers over gay marriage bans

August 26, 2014
Associated Press
Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.
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Social media campaign publicizes lifeline law

August 25, 2014
Associated Press
Students at 13 Indiana college campuses will receive social media messages about the state law that allows minors who have been drinking to report a medical emergency or a crime without getting in trouble.
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Feds' new data adds shine to Hoosier incomes

August 23, 2014
Norm Heikens
In April, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis began considering cost of living alongside the stew of income figures it has long collected, and the new, adjusted income numbers make both the metro area and the state look like better places to live.
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City-County Council approves landlord registryRestricted Content

August 23, 2014
The ordinance is the product of state legislation this year that effectively shut down rental-property inspection programs but left municipalities the option of creating registries.
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