Government

Illinois governor responds as states try to poach jobs

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Pat Quinn has a message for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and officials from other states trying to lure jobs from Illinois: Back off.
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Indiana House OKs bill to ban texting while driving

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana drivers would not be allowed to send or read text messages on mobile phones under legislation that cleared the Indiana House on Tuesday.
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Committee explores ways to reduce government

January 25, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Charging not-for-profits for government services, eliminating certain paper records and trimming how much counties pay to mental-health institutions are among the ways local officials say the cost of government could be reduced.
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State lawmakers to take on unemployment insurance

January 24, 2011
Associated Press
Businesses with a history of laying off employees would pay more in unemployment insurance costs, and workers in industries where layoffs occur regularly would receive lower benefits under a bill Indiana lawmakers are preparing to take up.
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City offers another parks facility for lease

January 24, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indy Parks & Recreation officials on Monday issued a request for proposals from entities interested in leasing the Riverside Marina facility near 30th Street and White River Parkway.
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Some big bills on back burner in Indiana Legislature

January 23, 2011
Associated Press
Three weeks into Indiana's legislative session, Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma is touting the hard work being done on major issues. Democratic House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer contends the session is off to a slow start.
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Legislation seeks RFP option for selling state landRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Cory Schouten
The bill would allow the Indiana Department of Administration to sell real estate using a request for proposals, in addition to existing options for competitive bids or an auction.
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Vote on North of South project's bond financing delayed

January 21, 2011
Scott Olson
The city's Economic Development Committee, which was set to vote on the downtown project's $98 million bond financing package on Tuesday, chose to wait until February after making a few changes.
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Statewide smoking ban bill clears House committee

January 19, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House Public Health Committee voted 9-3 to endorse the bill prohibiting smoking in public places and indoor work sites—after it exempted casinos and pari-mutuel horse tracks from the ban.
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Indiana House panel backs texting ban for all drivers

January 19, 2011
Associated Press
Drivers wouldn't be allowed to send or read text messages on cell phones under a bill approved by an Indiana House committee.
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Bill would make Indiana schools start after Labor Day

January 19, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel said it makes sense to start school after Labor Day because families would have more summer vacation time together.
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Daniels' budget proposal wouldn't cut hearing aids

January 19, 2011
Associated Press
State budget director Adam Horst said he misspoke when he told the State Budget Committee last week that Daniels&' proposal would eliminate Medicaid coverage for hearing aids.
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Family Dollar plans 350 jobs in northeast Indiana

January 19, 2011
Scott Olson
A $70 million investment in a new distribution center by the North Carolina-based discount retailer is expected to create up to 350 jobs. The facility should be operational by spring 2012.
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State lobbying commission sidelines executive director

January 19, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Lobby Registration Commission placed Executive Director and general counsel Sarah Nagy on paid leave Monday, the day before a busy filing day for the state's lobbyists.
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Indiana House panel head expects few budget changes

January 18, 2011
Associated Press
The chairman of the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee says he expects the panel to make at most modest changes to Gov. Mitch Daniels' state budget proposal
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Lugar to seek re-election

January 18, 2011
Associated Press
Sen. Richard Lugar plans to return to Indiana on Friday for a major fundraiser in Carmel.
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Indiana officials hope to capitalize on Illinois’ tax woes

January 18, 2011
Scott Olson
Governor, economic development officials look to lure companies to Indiana that now may find doing business in Illinois too costly. But a few experts question whether the state will see any immediate benefits.
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Senator tries to fix Greenwood merger problems

January 18, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
State Sen. Brent Waltz hopes new legislation on local government mergers will mend fences in his home of Johnson County while saving other Indiana communities a series of headaches.
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Obama considers shedding rules that hurt job growth

January 18, 2011
Associated Press
The president planned to sign an executive order Tuesday telling federal agencies to look for rules that place an unreasonable burden on businesses.
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Indiana senator set to propose lower corporate tax

January 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Republican Sen. Brandt Hershman of Lafayette, who chairs the Senate Tax Committee, says Indiana's corporate income tax is seen as a hindrance to job creation.
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Pence urged to enter presidential race in 2012

January 17, 2011
Associated Press
An independent campaign to draw GOP Rep. Mike Pence into the 2012 presidential race is under way, with a veteran of the Reagan White House launching a petition drive on Monday urging him to enter the primary contests.
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Reports say Indiana townships inefficient

January 16, 2011
Associated Press
New investigations reported in Indiana newspapers say there are widespread patterns of inefficiency in the government of the state's 1,008 townships.
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LAMKIN: Health care reform is opportunity to reorganize servicesRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Ned Lamkin
Indiana should take advantage of the opportunity to build a comprehensive exchange.
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Indiana chief justice endorses sentencing changes

January 12, 2011
Associated Press
A report suggests allowing judges to sentence people convicted of lesser felonies to community corrections, which would help free up prison space for the state's worst offenders and potentially saving more than $1 billion that would otherwise go toward building new prisons.
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Casinos to escape smoking ban proposal

January 12, 2011
Associated Press
An estimate from a nonpartisan agency showed a statewide smoking ban that includes casinos could cost Indiana more than $180 million in lost gambling tax revenue.
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