Government

Bauer requests federal probe of Bales' real estate deals

June 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
IBJ investigation prompts top state Democrat's letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Ballard announces $4 million City Market overhaul

June 4, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Restoration project, slated to last nearly a year, will redesign vendor stand facades, improve lighting and introduce a regular schedule of live entertainment at the historic venue.
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Library postpones branch-closure decision

June 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library board of trustees has delayed a decision on whether to close up to six library branches until its July 15 regular meeting.
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Indiana revenue collections tick up, but miss projections

June 3, 2010
Associated Press
The State Budget Agency said Thursday that collections through 11 months of the current fiscal year stand about $1 billion below the budget passed by the General Assembly in June 2009.
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Indiana Senate's top Democrat demands budget-cut data

June 1, 2010
Associated Press
Minority Leader Vi Simpson, D-Bloomington, said the Republican governor's budget director told her that a comprehensive list of executive branch budget reductions wasn't available. She said that's unacceptable.
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Other states join Indiana in spurning grant program

May 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
About two dozen states are going back to Washington for another shot at billions in education grants under the "Race to the Top" program, but at least nine others including Indiana are opting out of trying a second time.
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KULT: Mortgage loan officers punch the clock under new ruleRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Gregory P. Kult
The government now views loan officers more like factory workers than white-collar business managers.
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New Indiana law aims to promote safety of traditional loansRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Scott Olson
A new state program is encouraging lenders to promote the stability of their conventional mortgages to help Indiana's housing market rebound from a foreclosure crisis instigated by risky loans.
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IMPD suspends officer over golf cart incident

May 18, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has suspended and reassigned a supervisor on Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi's security detail who incorrectly reported that a fellow officer—and not Brizzi—was driving a golf cart that flipped at a 2008 political fundraiser.
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Indiana Rep. Souder says he'll resign over affair

May 18, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Rep. Mark Souder announced Tuesday he would resign from Congress, effective Friday, because he had an affair with a staffer.
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IMPD investigates Brizzi golf cart incident

May 17, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding an officer's injury at a 2008 fundraiser for Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi. IMPD also has cut back overtime hours allowed for Brizzi's security detail, one of its most prolific overtime producers.
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Fort Wayne's Wyss tops ranking of business-friendly lawmakers

May 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Speaker Pat Bauer get the lowest ranking in the state chamber's analysis.
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Lilly, others cut U.S. tax bills through transfer pricing

May 14, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. companies, including Eli Lilly, amassed at least $1 trillion in foreign profits not taxed in the U.S. as of the end of last year. That cumulative total increased 70 percent over three years.
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Indiana, IBM sue each other over welfare contract

May 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
IBM says it is owed nearly $53 million in fees and equipment expenses under the 2006 contract. The state says in its lawsuit that it has paid $437 million to IBM and has received "minimal value" in return.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Lead-foot Skillman takes tactful route

May 12, 2010
Mason King
LQ_Skillman_WVLt. Gov. Becky Skillman left behind the hot-rod racing of her youth for the hallowed halls of the Statehouse. Polite persuasion is her secret weapon.
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City says it will keep library branches open

May 12, 2010
Details of a plan to assist the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library have yet to emerge, but city leaders are pledging their support to shore up a widening budget gap.
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CIB agrees to help Black Expo, but not with grant

May 11, 2010
Scott Olson
Capital Improvement Board votes not to restore IBE's annual $150,000 grant, but agrees to provide the organization with in-kind services equaling the amount.
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State's largest pension programs get new leader

May 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Steve Russo was chosen Monday as executive director of both the Indiana Public Employees' Retirement Fund and the Indiana State Teachers' Retirement Fund.
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Wishard Hospital project is life blood to contractors

May 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Replacing the existing Wishard Memorial Hospital is so critical to the well-being of the sickly construction sector that one industry official likens the project to a "lifeline."
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Study: Indiana shows long-term decrease in air toxicsRestricted Content

May 8, 2010
Chris O'Malley
IDEM says in its newly released “ToxWatch” report that the level of air toxics over the last decade has “decreased to within levels acceptable to the U.S. EPA.
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Voters turn out in light numbers for Indiana primary

May 4, 2010
Associated Press
The low turnout could be due in part to the number of people who sought ballots early this year. More than 96,000 early and absentee ballots were issued statewide.
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Carson to face Scott in 7th District race

May 4, 2010
Associated Press
Democratic Rep. Andre Carson easily defeated three challengers for his party's nomination in Indiana's 7th District.
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Rokita wins in Indiana's GOP-heavy 4th District

May 4, 2010
Associated Press
The race for Steve Buyer's seat became a three-month sprint among 13 candidates after he announced in late January that he would retire after 18 years in Congress.
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Burton gets another GOP nod in 5th District

May 4, 2010
Associated Press
Dan Burton is seeking his 15th term from the heavily Republican district after narrowly beating former state Rep. Luke Messer.
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Coats wins GOP nomination for Senate race

May 4, 2010
Associated Press
In Indiana this fall, Coats will face Democrat Brad Ellsworth, whose nomination is assured. The candidates are seeking the seat held by retiring Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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