Government & Economic Development

Businesses, Kokomo reach compromise on billboards

June 22, 2014
Associated Press
The city of Kokomo is reaching settlements with billboard owners allowing some of the 15 signs destroyed by a November tornado to go back up.
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State agency fights utility rates for electric cars

June 20, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. has requested a rate increase to help pay for its part in setting up charging stations for electric cars that drivers could rent as part of the BlueIndy program, a partnership between the city and the France-based Bollore Group.
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Budget leaders examine Healthy Indiana financing

June 20, 2014
Associated Press
Members of the State Budget Committee took a detailed look Friday at how Gov. Mike Pence would pay for "Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0," his proposal to expand insurance coverage using a state-run plan instead of traditional Medicaid.
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Defendant in Land Bank fraud case pleads guilty

June 20, 2014
Cory Schouten
One of five defendants in an alleged kickback scheme involving the Indy Land Bank has pleaded guilty in a deal with federal prosecutors.
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State makes moves to clean up voter lists

June 20, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
Many Hoosiers will be receiving postcards this week requesting updated information as part of a statewide effort to clean up voter-registration information.
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Audit finds 'intentional misuse' of funds by Elevate Ventures

June 19, 2014
Dan Human, Associated Press
The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Treasury Department says Elevate Ventures “intentionally misused” almost $500,000 in taxpayer funds when the state contractor invested in a company run by its board chairman.
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Carmel retailers play defense against U.S. 31 construction

June 19, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Business has skidded for some eateries along the corridor as work crews transform it into a limited access highway. Proprietors are reaching out to customers with promotions but gripping the bottom line.
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Indiana Toll Road operator facing debt woes

June 19, 2014
Associated Press
The Spanish-Australian investor group Cintra-Macquarie paid the state $3.8 billion in 2006 for a 75-year lease of the 157-mile highway, but its toll revenue hasn't met expectations.
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Dems look to downtown funds for Rebuild Indy alternative

June 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
City-County Council Democrats on Wednesday morning unveiled an alternative to the mayor's infrastructure-spending plan. It would involve less borrowing and use money in the downtown TIF fund.
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Hot race for No. 3 spot in GOP has Indiana representative

June 18, 2014
Associated Press
Reps. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Peter Roskam of Illinois and Marlin Stutzman of Indiana are vying for majority whip, a position likely to become vacant because its current occupant is the strong favorite to become the new majority leader.
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Pence: Intact families key to strong economy

June 17, 2014
Seth Morin, The Statehouse File
Republican Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that the state should encourage young people to get married and only have children after they’re married to keep the Indiana economy strong.
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Lawmakers approve fixes to criminal sentencing

June 17, 2014
Associated Press
The General Assembly met Tuesday for its first "technical corrections day" — a special one-day meeting with limits placed on it so lawmakers do not have to do a full-blown "special session."
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Bosma: No ethics sanctions against Turner

June 17, 2014
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma said Tuesday he will not sanction House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner after an ethics probe determined the lawmaker did not violate state ethics rules.
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FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt

June 17, 2014
Associated Press
Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty for health reasons.
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Interactive Intelligence seeks city tax breaks for expansion

June 17, 2014
Dan Human
Indianapolis is considering nearly $2.6 million in tax breaks over 10 years as an incentive for Interactive Intelligence's planned $28 million investment.
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Indiana social services chief Minott leaving post

June 16, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The head of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is on her way out just as negotiations heat up with federal officials over Gov. Mike Pence’s alternative to a traditional Medicaid expansion.
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Remodelings might await boomers wanting to stay in their homes

June 14, 2014
Norm Heikens
Many homes will be difficult for aging boomers to navigate without changing doors, bathrooms, hallways and kitchens.
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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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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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