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Indiana pushes firms toward electric vehicles, but has few of its ownRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Chris O'Malley
State government hasn’t put much money toward becoming a leader among states integrating hybrids into their massive vehicle fleets.
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Fairgrounds' digital billboard is exception to county banRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
Clear Channel Outdoor is building Marion County’s first full-size digital billboard along Fall Creek Parkway on the grounds of the Indiana State Fair. The first message might as well be: Take that, Indianapolis!
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Assessor predicts 2010 property tax bills will be on time

December 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis property tax bills, paid in two installments due in May and November, should be sent without delay for the first year since 2006.
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Legislators face unemployment insurance fund sinking into red

December 19, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana lawmakers are preparing to punt on 2009's must-solve business issue in the hope of a federal bailout. However, it's anybody's guess how Washington will respond.
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Property tax caps stand good odds in the 2010 legislative sessionRestricted Content

December 19, 2009
Norm Heikens
Lawmakers are likely to pass property tax legislation, which would send it to a voter referendum in November and potentially into the state constitution.
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Bills in General Assembly would ease costs for casinos

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana General Assembly is taking its first steps toward restructuring Hoosier gambling law.
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Brownsburg hires Texas city manager as town manager

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Dale Cheatham, who starts work Jan. 4, was city manager of The Colony, Texas, a growing community of 40,000, for eight years. Before that, he spent four years as city manager of Watauga, Texas.
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New CIB membership nearly set

December 17, 2009
Scott Olson
Marion County Commissioners reappointed Doug Brown on Thursday morning to the Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board, leaving only one seat open on the nine-member panel whose financial troubles this year have elevated its profile.
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IUPUI seeking funds from CIB to renovate Natatorium

December 14, 2009
Scott Olson
IUPUI says it needs about $15 million to renovate the aging Natatorium swimming complex and wants the city's Capital Improvement Board to fund part of the expense.
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Supreme Court rejects Indiana's appeal of Chrysler sale

December 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The justices on Monday turned down an appeal from the state of Indiana pension funds that earlier challenged the automaker's bankruptcy proceedings.
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Cash-strapped mayors may tap owners of tax-exempt propertyRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
A group of mayors led by Tom Henry of Fort Wayne and Greg Ballard of Indianapolis is seeking new sources of revenue to replace the millions they’ll lose because of property tax caps.
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Hoosier Energy avoids financial brownoutRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Hoosier Energy, which supplies electricity to customers in 48 counties in central and southern Indiana, has settled a dispute that had threatened to plunge the utility into bankruptcy.
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INDOT using federal funds to improve transportation options near schools

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Safe Routes to School program “aims to influence a new generation of healthy, sustainable travel behavior,” says INDOT.
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HealthNet lands $10.5 million in stimulus funds

December 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
HealthNet said it will use the funds to expand and renovate two community health centers that have outgrown their space.
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Ballard rolls out tougher requirements for lobbyists

December 9, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Lobbyists paid $1,000 or more to sway city or county officials will be required to report all activity online.
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City mulls 6 proposals for use of Old City Hall

December 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler

Visions for the empty historic building range from offices to a museum. Two developers propose a boutique hotel on an adjacent parking lot. Video bonus: Tour the landmark's interior.

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State colleges face $150M in cuts as tax revenues fall

December 4, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Daniels calls for cuts with announcement that tax collections for November were $144 million below forecast.
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Constantino's and City Market reach settlement

December 4, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
City Market has agreed to forgive Constantino's $27,000 in unpaid rent if the meat and produce stand shuts down by Dec. 24.
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HICKS: New breast cancer recommendation not supportedRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Mike Hicks
Under the current proposal, the same type of groups that made the CDC's recommendations will outline guidelines about which treatment will be offered under a government program.
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Indianapolis Sustainability Awards will honor green projects

November 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Deadline for nominations is Dec. 15 for projects in the categories of air, energy, land, water and “reduce, reuse, recycle.”
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Ballard set to shake up CIB with staff moves

November 24, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
CIB Treasurer Ann Lathrop will become board president, replacing Bob Grand at the helm of the organization that oversees the city's professional sports stadiums and the Indiana Convention Center.
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Indianapolis looks to Cleveland, Philadelphia for City Market examples

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The troubled Indianapolis City Market is looking East for a new direction. This summer, its executive director, Jim Reilly, visited Philadelphia and Cleveland to observe their successful urban markets and seek pointers that might be applied here.
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Greenwood closer to annexing portions of township

November 18, 2009
A proposal to incorporate portions of White River Township into the city of Greenwood passed a major hurdle on Tuesday.
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Mayor's European mission focusing on motorsports industry

November 16, 2009
A delegation of business and community leaders led by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard departed for Europe Nov. 14 on a nine-day economic development mission to help grow the city’s motorsports industry.
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Indy route not part of high-speed rail funding applicationRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The decision to sidetrack a 110-mph Chicago-Indianapolis-Cincinnati train hasn’t received any attention locally. High-speed rail could someday become an economic development engine here, but it has not gained as much attention here as improved highways or a commuter rail line from downtown to Noblesville.
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  1. I'm a CPA who works with a wide range of companies (through my firm K.B.Parrish & Co.); however, we work with quite a few car dealerships, so I'm fairly interested in Fatwin (mentioned in the article). Does anyone have much information on that, or a link to such information? Thanks.

  2. Historically high long-term unemployment, unprecedented labor market slack and the loss of human capital should not be accepted as "the economy at work [and] what is supposed to happen" and is certainly not raising wages in Indiana. See Chicago Fed Reserve: goo.gl/IJ4JhQ Also, here's our research on Work Sharing and our support testimony at yesterday's hearing: goo.gl/NhC9W4

  3. I am always curious why teachers don't believe in accountability. It's the only profession in the world that things they are better than everyone else. It's really a shame.

  4. It's not often in Indiana that people from both major political parties and from both labor and business groups come together to endorse a proposal. I really think this is going to help create a more flexible labor force, which is what businesses claim to need, while also reducing outright layoffs, and mitigating the impact of salary/wage reductions, both of which have been highlighted as important issues affecting Hoosier workers. Like many other public policies, I'm sure that this one will, over time, be tweaked and changed as needed to meet Indiana's needs. But when you have such broad agreement, why not give this a try?

  5. I could not agree more with Ben's statement. Every time I look at my unemployment insurance rate, "irritated" hardly describes my sentiment. We are talking about a surplus of funds, and possibly refunding that, why, so we can say we did it and get a notch in our political belt? This is real money, to real companies, large and small. The impact is felt across the board; in the spending of the company, the hiring (or lack thereof due to higher insurance costs), as well as in the personal spending of the owners of a smaller company.

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