Government & Economic Development

City recycling deal would boost incinerator's profitsRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
As IBJ was first to report on June 9, Mayor Greg Ballard is contemplating a new, 10-year contract with Covanta, which already is set to receive the city’s waste through 2018.
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City of Indianapolis crafts plans for bicentennialRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
The Department of Economic Development hopes Plan 2020 leads to the updating and revision of no fewer than six official policy documents, from the comprehensive land-use plan to the recreation and open-space plan.
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Christine Scales, a councilor with an independent streak, riles both parties

June 14, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
In her second term on the Indianapolis City-County Council, Scales is testing the limits of political independence and the patience of her colleagues.
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Lawmakers eye 2015 for U.S. constitutional convention

June 13, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
The assembly of delegates looking to change the U.S. Constitution have laid the groundwork for an amendment convention in the future.
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Canopy company to make repairs at airport after collapse

June 13, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis International Airport won't file an insurance claim over the failure of its garage canopy because vendor Span Systems has agreed to cover part of the repairs.
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Indiana's Stutzman running for U.S. House majority whip

June 13, 2014
Associated Press
The northeastern Indiana Republican first elected in 2010 is a tea party favorite and one of the more conservative Republicans of the U.S. House.
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Lawmakers to tackle molesting, shoplifting at corrections day

June 12, 2014
Jessica Seabolt, The Statehouse File
Lawmakers will also fix a section of that law dealing with shoplifting and theft. The change will clarify that a store owner or security personnel can detain an individual for shoplifting for two hours.
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Some lawmakers seek U.S. constitutional convention

June 12, 2014
Associated Press
A small but determined group of state lawmakers from some 30 states gathered in Indiana on Thursday to lay the groundwork for something that has not happened since 1787 in Philadelphia: a convention to revise the U.S. Constitution.
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Lawmakers gather in Indianapolis for constitutional talk

June 12, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
More than 100 state legislators from 33 states will meet this week at the Indiana Statehouse to discuss the procedures and rules for a possible convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.
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ConAgra expanding Indiana popcorn facility

June 11, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
ConAgra Foods says it will spend nearly $9 million to expand its popcorn production operations in northwestern Indiana, where it expects to add up to 80 workers in the coming year.
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State parks see surge in business as weather heats up

June 11, 2014
Dan Human
Revenue from year-long passes was up about 8 percent this year through the end of May compared to the same time last year, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
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Roberts leaving downtown location as part of $2.5M expansion

June 11, 2014
Scott Olson
The retailer of photo, video and electronics equipment will move from 255 S. Meridian St. to larger downtown space at 220 E. St. Clair St. Roberts plans to add 35 workers by 2018.
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Court: School districts can't charge for bus rides

June 10, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The Indiana Court of Appeals says a Marion County school district acted unconstitutionally when it indirectly charged fees for students to ride buses to school.
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Southwest Ohio gamblers spending less in Indiana

June 10, 2014
Associated Press
An analysis found that gamblers for the first time are spending more at the Cincinnati casino and two racinos in the region than in neighboring southeast Indiana.
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Coalition fights Ballard plan to shake up curbside recycling

June 9, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Incinerator operator Covanta is close to announcing a proposal to build a $40 million material recovery facility in Indianapolis. Recycling industry leaders oppose the plan.
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Judge asked to reconsider vanity plate ruling

June 9, 2014
Associated Press
BMV Commissioner Don Snemis said the judge's order would force the agency to issue personalized plates with offensive references to race, religion or sexual orientation.
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Mourdock compares U.S. economic woes to Nazi Germany

June 8, 2014
Associated Press
In a speech, Mourdock cautioned GOP members to be wary of politicians who promise entitlements and spending as debt grows. He said the Nazis made the same promises to Germans before that country's 1936 elections.
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Tiny Sheridan girds for inevitable growth

June 7, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The tiny Hamilton County community is mindful of sprawl in Carmel and Fishers, and is determined to absorb growth on its own terms.
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Fishers OKs tax break for medical building

June 7, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Cornerstone Cos. plans to locate the $11 million project near Interstate 69.
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House Republicans to meet, discuss Turner's future

June 6, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House Republicans will decide whether to take action against Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner, who is accused of using his influence to protect his family's lucrative nursing home business.
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Unemployment rate holds steady as U.S. regains lost jobs

June 6, 2014
Associated Press
Employers added 217,000 jobs in May, a substantial gain for a fourth straight month, fueling hopes that the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year.
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Federal agents seize documents at charter school

June 6, 2014
J.K. Wall
Agents collected documents from the Indiana Math and Science Academy this week as part of court-ordered search warrant. The school at 7435 N. Keystone Ave. said it provided information related to a federal grant program.
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Republicans deal Dems new hand with revised Rebuild Indy 2

June 6, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The new, $300 million plan for streets, sidewalks and other neighborhood amenities will cost a bit less than originally proposed. Mayor Greg Ballard needs two more votes, including at least one from the majority Democrats, to make it happen.
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AG won't appeal ruling clearing ex-utility chief

June 5, 2014
Associated Press
A court decision dismissing ethics charges against former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Chairman David Lott Hardy will stand.
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States could be expanding wealth gap with tax policies

June 5, 2014
Associated Press
Politicians in Indiana and other states hope tax cuts for businesses will boost their economies, but those and other moves could be contributing to the income gap limiting growth in U.S. consumer spending.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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