Government

City approval of Citizens Energy deal could come in May

April 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Citizens Energy should have completed the majority of its due diligence of the city’s water and sewer utilities, which it plans to acquire, by the end of this month.
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Parking privatization may spur economic development

April 9, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Mayor Greg Ballard's potential lease of more than 15,000 street, surface and garage parking spaces could create turnover downtown and in Broad Ripple, boosting retailers and restaurants.
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Bennett demands ISTA support for school reforms

April 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
State superintendent of public instruction says teacher union support imperative to win federal grant.
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Marion County library may close six branches

April 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library could close up to six branches or reduce their hours in order to close a budget shortfall.
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Massa says office 'should inspire public confidence, not public cynicism'

April 7, 2010
Cory Schouten
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi has said he has no plans to resign, despite Mark Massa's call Wednesday morning for him to step down. Brizzi will be eligible for a public pension if he finishes his second term Dec. 31.
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Massa calls on Brizzi to resign

April 7, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mark Massa, former general counsel for Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Republican candidate for Marion County prosecutor, calls on Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, also a Republican, to step down in the wake of an IBJ investigation.
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White House hails economic gains, foretells slow recovery

April 4, 2010
Associated Press
Buoyed by good news on the jobs front, the White House claimed credit Sunday for reversing the downward economic spiral while bracing out-of-work Americans for a slow recovery.
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State chamber, manufacturers lobby for unemployment debt relief

April 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Two of Indiana’s most influential business advocates are lobbying Congress for relief from the state’s fast-growing Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund debt.
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Retired Junior Achievement exec files defamation suit

April 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Former Junior Achievement CEO Jeff Miller says Mayor Greg Ballard was about to hire him as a senior policy adviser, but comments by Central Indiana Community Foundation President Brian Payne and current CEO Jennifer Burk ruined the offer.
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Group rounds up business help for Census

April 1, 2010
Brock Benefiel
As deadline day arrives, the Indianapolis Complete Count Committee is encouraging area companies to provide funding for local marketing and events designed to encourage citizens to fill out their Census forms.
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Governor approves new teacher licensing rules

March 30, 2010
Associated Press
Daniels signed the new rules Tuesday, three months after a state panel approved them amid criticism from college educators.
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Employers fret over health care overhaul

March 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
Most employers in central Indiana are just beginning to figure out what the health insurance reform bill will mean for their businesses. Caterpillar Inc., which employs nearly 1,500 at an engine plant in Lafayette, expects costs to rise about 20 percent.
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Daniels warns of health bill's 'immorally huge' taxes

March 25, 2010
Associated Press
Daniels told members of the Economic Club of Indianapolis that it's ridiculous for anyone to suggest the nearly $1 trillion health care overhaul signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama won't add to the nation's debt.
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Obama signs historic $938 billion health care overhaul

March 23, 2010
Associated Press
Attorneys general from 13 states filed suit to stop the overhaul just minutes after the bill signing, contending the law is unconstitutional. Other state attorneys general may join the lawsuit later or sue separately.
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Prosecutor Brizzi defends no-cost real estate deal

March 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi paid nothing for a 50-percent stake in an Elkhart office building he acquired with a local defense attorney.
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Democrat stalwart Hogsett said to be U.S. attorney nominee

March 19, 2010
Scott Olson
The U.S. Attorney's office in Indianapolis has been without a presidentially appointed U.S. attorney for more than two years. Joe Hogsett, a former secretary of state, is likely the frontrunner.
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Workplace guns bill gets governor's signature

March 18, 2010
Associated Press
The law, which takes effect July 1, lets workers keep guns locked out of sight in their vehicles while parked on their employers' property.
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Governor signs ethics, slot-withholding laws

March 18, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed 23 bills into law on Wednesday.
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Deadline passes with no bids to buy Winona

March 17, 2010
The city of Indianapolis, which had listed the property for $667,500, had hoped to sell it the former hospital for redevelopment.
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Brizzi's lease deals benefited friend, donor

March 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
Records show Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi directed lucrative work for the Prosecutor's Office to his friend, business partner and political contributor John Bales.
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Indianapolis Housing Agency pulls off big tax credit deal

March 13, 2010
Tom Harton
City agency plans renovations, expansions at eight apartment properties.
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State lawmakers remain divided; deal by Sunday in doubt

March 12, 2010
Associated Press
The impasse between the two parties over a delay in an unemployment-tax increase is expected to drag the legislative session into the weekend. "Nobody is talking right now," says one legislator.
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Two of Ballard's top administrators step down

March 12, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Deputy mayor, city Bond Bank director resign to take jobs in the private sector.
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CIB turns down Axe deodorant ad for stadium

March 9, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board on Monday rejected a request from Axe deodorant to place an advertisement in Lucas Oil Stadium because the message is too racy for youngsters.
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Talks resume at Statehouse after brief impasse

March 9, 2010
Associated Press
Negotiations on some major issues resumed in the Indiana General Assembly on Monday after a meltdown occurred last week.
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