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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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State sells $300 million in Tax Anticipation Notes

January 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The proceeds will help more than 120 local government units pay their bills while they wait for their property tax receipts.
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Governor's attorney mulling run for county prosecutor

January 28, 2010
Scott Olson
Mark Massa, attorney for Gov. Mitch Daniels, is "considering" running for Marion County prosecutor as the Republican candidate. The leader of the party in the county said he would be "ecstatic" if he would.
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Indiana Senate panel approves school-start-date bill

January 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The committee endorsed legislation that would prevent the state's public schools from starting classes before Labor Day.
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House lawmakers put statewide smoking ban on hold

January 25, 2010
Associated Press
The bill, would ban smoking in public places statewide except casinos and pari-mutuel horse racing venues.
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New library standards to enhance online access

January 25, 2010
Associated Press
Hoosiers will have more access to the Internet and to public library materials across the state under a new set of standards adopted by the Indiana State Library and Historical Board.
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ISTA scandal could limit union's influence, sway electionRestricted Content

January 23, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
A securities-fraud case Secretary of State Todd Rokita brought against the union last month could make matters worse for the already hobbled ISTA, blunting its ability to help elect Democrats in November.
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Indiana GOP wants to block federal health reform mandates

January 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Republicans in the Legislature have joined their counterparts in 25 other states in trying to prevent key aspects of reform from taking effect in Indiana.
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Senate bill would snuff out Indiana's smoking-cessation agency

January 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Anti-tobacco advocates worry cost-cutting move could seriously diminish state's efforts to curb Hoosier tobacco use.
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Indiana businesses are welcoming investment from ChinaRestricted Content

January 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Some observers see a parallel to the state's seeking Japanese investment following recession in the early 1980s.
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Bill on Sunday microbrewery sales clears Senate

January 22, 2010
Associated Press
The bill would limit the amount of Sunday carryout sales from Indiana microbreweries to about three cases per transaction.
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