Government

Indiana Senate approves plan to cut township boards

February 25, 2010
Associated Press
The bill now likely will go to a House-Senate conference committee to try to resolve the House-passed and Senate-approved versions of the bill.
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Ethics bill clears Senate with unanimous support

February 25, 2010
Associated Press
The most sweeping Indiana legislation in years to tighten ethics and lobbying rules cleared the state Senate 50-0 Thursday and appeared headed soon to Gov. Mitch Daniels for his signature.
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Indiana House OKs tax-increase repeal, jobs bill

February 24, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana House approved legislation Wednesday that would repeal an unemployment-insurance tax increase and approved a package of tax credits and other incentives designed to create jobs.
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Daniels opens door on 2012 presidential campaign

February 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
After years of denying interest in a presidential bid, Indiana governor tells Washington Post political writer he may consider bid for Republican nomination on platform of fiscal responsibility.
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Bayh's war chest could play role in Senate race

February 22, 2010
Associated Press
Bayh, who announced last week that he would not seek a third term in the Senate, has wide legal flexibility in directing the $12.2 million left in his campaign account.
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Ballard's high-risk IT project could save millions - or flop

February 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has decided to overhaul the city's and county's 1970s-era financial IT systems—a move that could cement his reputation for improving government efficiency. But the upgrade also is fraught with risk.
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Bayh's exit may pinch federal funds going to IndianaRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Sen. Evan Bayh brought home the bacon—more than $1.4 billion in federal appropriations and grants in just the last 12 months.
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State funding cuts a setback for public stations

February 19, 2010
Scott Olson
The state's eight public television and radio stations, including WFYI in Indianapolis, will not receive their final two installments of public funding for fiscal 2010 because of Indiana's budget crisis.
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House panel OKs delay in unemployment tax hike

February 17, 2010
Associated Press
An Indiana House committee endorsed legislation Wednesday that would delay for one year increases in taxes that employers pay into the state's bankrupt unemployment insurance fund.
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No Democrat meets Indiana deadline for Senate seat

February 16, 2010
Associated Press
The only Democrat seeking to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Evan Bayh has missed out on qualifying for Indiana's May primary ballot.
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Meetings start public discussion of regional transit plan

February 16, 2010
Indy Connect will hold its first public forum Tuesday evening to begin the process of gathering public input on a regional transportation plan that proposes raising taxes to build a light-rail line, improve bus service and expand roadways.
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Ivy Tech, IPIC snare $10M in job-training grants

February 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Programs will bolster job opportunities for some 1,700 Indiana workers in sectors including health care and advanced manufacturing.
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Gambling to remain an issue in General Assembly

February 13, 2010
Associated Press
Issue likely to land in House, Senate conference committee.
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Smoking ban legislation appears dead in Statehouse

February 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Legislation that would ban smoking in all public places, enclosed areas of places of employment and certain state vehicles appears headed for an Indiana General Assembly summer study committee.
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MARCUS: Radical government budgeting proposed

February 13, 2010
Morton Marcus
The essential issue is to get out of the cycle where governments plan to spend money they don’t know they will receive.
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City seeking proposals to privatize parking operations

February 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis leaders are officially seeking proposals from companies interested in running the city’s parking operations—and possibly additional spaces managed by other government entities.
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State tries new plan to track students' growth

February 11, 2010
Associated Press
Instead of focusing on standardized tests, the Indiana Growth Model will monitor individual students' academic growth to measure their progress and identify effective teaching methods, state public education officials say.
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Colts won't disclose which legislators got game tickets

February 9, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The team sold Super Bowl tickets to 26 state lawmakers, 27 members of the City-County Council, 10 members of Mayor Greg Ballard's office, six other state officials, and four Congressmen.
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City program gives firms incentive to hire ex-offendersRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
A pilot project is providing jobs for 70 ex-convicts, with their $10-an-hour wages covered by Uncle Sam for six months. City officials hope they can then transition into other jobs or receive recommendations that help them to find other work.
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Government reform, unemployment taxes chug through LegislatureRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin

Key measures cleared their chambers of origin by the Feb. 3 deadline.

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City lists former Winona Hospital for sale

February 4, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis' Metropolitan Development Commission sets $667,500 minimum price for the long-vacant property at Meridian and 32nd Streets.
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Indiana politicians consider Super Bowl ticket offer

February 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The big question for many politicians isn't about ethics. Rather, it's whether to shell out $800 per ticket, plus hotel costs and airfare.
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Key business issues clear mid-session hurdle

February 3, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The first half of a short session will close Wednesday, meaning bills must have passed out of either the House or Senate to stay alive. Legislation regarding unemployment taxes and township-government reform easily met that deadline.
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Daniels revives push to merge PERF, TRF pension fundsRestricted Content

January 30, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Gov. Mitch Daniels wants legislators to revive a merger of the Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund and the Indiana State Teachers Retirement Fund. He says the move could save up to $50 million a year in fees.
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Health care reform will go on regardless of federal government

January 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Massachusetts’ election of a Republican senator has put health reform legislation on life support. But for the health care industry, reform is a reality that isn’t going to die.
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