Government & Economic Development

Green BEAN Delivery plans $3.8M expansion

August 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The fast-growing local company, which already employs more than 200, plans to add up to 105 workers by 2024.
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Two promoted in state attorney general's office

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
Former Chief Deputy Attorney General Gary Secrest will take over as assistant attorney general, a new post. Deputy Attorney General Matt Light will succeed Secrest as the chief deputy attorney general.
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Head of Indiana alcohol agency taking Ivy Tech job

July 31, 2014
Associated Press
Ivy Tech announced Thursday that Alex Huskey will become the Marion campus president beginning Aug. 25.
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State highway official leaving before review done

July 31, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Department of Transportation chief of staff Troy Woodruff, who is under state investigation, sent an email to agency employees on Wednesday saying that he would step down Thursday.
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Pence pushes Medicaid alternative with HHS chief

July 30, 2014
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence told U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell that he wants to maintain Indiana's "freedom and flexibility" under any expansion of Medicaid.
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Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

July 30, 2014
Associated Press
Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released Wednesday.
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Ballard proposes $50M preschool program as part of crime initiative

July 30, 2014
J.K. Wall
Mayor Greg Ballard on Wednesday proposed a 5-year program to pay for preschool for 4-year-olds from low-income families. He also floated hiring another 280 police officers. The cost to the average household would be $86 per year.
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Pence wants immigrant children returned to home countries

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
Pence said Tuesday he did not learn about the placement of more than 200 immigrant children with Indiana families until reading about it in news reports. Thousands of unaccompanied children have migrated to the U.S. illegally this year.
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Indiana BMV asks court to delay vanity plate sales

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has asked the state Supreme Court for permission to continue its suspension on sales of vanity plates until a court case is settled.
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State campaign pushes students to finish college on time

July 28, 2014
Jessica Seabolt, The Statehouse File
The statewide effort is designed to push more Indiana students to graduate from college on time by completing at least 15 credits each semester.
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Hogsett takes position at Indianapolis law firm

July 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
U.S. attorney Joseph Hogsett, a rumored candidate for Indianapolis mayor, plans to join Bose McKinney & Evans on Aug. 1 as a partner in the litigation practice group.
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Mitchell departs state job for treasurer's race

July 28, 2014
Associated Press
Kelly Mitchell announced Friday she was leaving her job as an investment director in the state treasurer's office Aug. 1.
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Leg of I-69 project now due to open by end of 2015

July 27, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation now plans for Interstate 69 to reach Bloomington by the end of 2015, a year later than originally planned.
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Pence, Bayh, crowd 2016 field with questions

July 27, 2014
Associated Press analysis
In the 2016 political landscape, a pair of the state's political big dogs—Republican Gov. Mike Pence and former Democratic U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh—has potential candidates holding their breath and waiting on them.
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State eases into rollout of software in tax fix

July 26, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Department of Revenue is five to seven years from replacing the 1990s software that processes the bulk of the state’s tax dollars and that auditors cited in the wake of massive accounting errors.
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Carmel budget hawks want harder line on deals with developers

July 26, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The Carmel Redevelopment Commission’s 2014 revenue is estimated to exceed expenses by less than $100,000—a narrow margin for an agency with annual debt payments totaling $17.5 million.
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Carmel residents balk at sewer-overflow tank planned next to church

July 25, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
The Clay Township Regional Waste District has made a $106,800 offer to King of Glory Church to buy land for the above-ground tank, which would be the size of a one-story McMansion.
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Obama wants limits on U.S. company mergers abroad

July 24, 2014
Associated Press
President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded "economic patriotism" from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers.
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Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance

July 24, 2014
Associated Press
Federal researchers predict that about 4 million people, including dependents, could be hit with fines by 2016.
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Indiana receives 245 children caught at U.S. border

July 24, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. is battling a surge in the number of unaccompanied children who have been fleeing violence in Central America and crossing into the U.S. because they believe they will be allowed to stay.
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Feds scrutinize Indiana for Medicaid backlog

July 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
More than 80,000 Hoosiers had their applications for the Medicaid health benefits stuck in a backlog in May, prompting the federal government to launch a special review next week.
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Gay couples' lawyers object to full-court hearing

July 22, 2014
Associated Press
Attorneys on either side of a lawsuit over Wisconsin and Indiana's overthrown gay marriage bans are wrangling over how many federal judges should hear the states' appeal.
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Lawmakers approve pair of new license plates

July 22, 2014
Associated Press
A panel of state lawmakers on Tuesday approved license plates recognizing the Indy 500 and Abraham Lincoln under a new system clamping down on the number of special license plates on the road.
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Court nixes Obamacare subsidies for Indiana, 35 other states

July 22, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
The Obamacare tax credits that brought nearly $400 million to Indiana this year to help Hoosiers buy health insurance could go away after a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday they were illegal.
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Judge blocks ordinance aimed at I-69 work noise

July 21, 2014
Associated Press
Marion County Judge David Dreyer issued a temporary injunction Monday blocking a Monroe County ordinance that limited noise on the project between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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