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Arts advocates seek money from Indy governmentRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Arts Council of Indianapolis is leading talks with city councilors, Deputy Mayor Nick Weber and the chiefs of top cultural organizations about how to create a bigger pot of revenue for the arts.
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City government should shop locallyRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Good luck getting people to buy from local vendors or manufacturers.
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Feltman to pursue law, business in IndianapolisRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Norm Heikens
Outgoing state Commerce Secretary Nate Feltman said that he likely will return to practicing law and become involved in business after leaving the post at the end of the month.
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Beech Grove government bracing for budget cutsRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Property-tax caps should help Hoosier homeowners save a bundle next year.
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Recession, budget shortfalls will have major impact on everything legislators debateRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Now expecting $935 million less in annual revenue than they did a year ago, legislators will spend the next four months arguing over budget cuts.
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Tax-cap bill, jobless fund among top business issues during legislative sessionRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Scott Olson
Several major issues with business implications are expected to receive ample attention when legislators convene next month, particularly the continuing saga of property-tax relief and the state's ability to pay jobless benefits.
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Something to think about as a new year dawnsRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
I think about the economic crisis, the housing crisis, the climate crisis, the energy crisis, the automotive crisis, the Middle East crisis, the education crisis, the college affordability crisis and all the other crises — real, imagined and manufactured — and I wonder whether they'll drive us to the precipice, or even the apocalypse, and whether we'll change at the last minute, and, should we survive, whether we'll remember what we want to forget or forget what we want to remember.
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City of Lawrence, billboard firms tangle with Marion County plannersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
What started as a dispute over a pair of digital billboards in Lawrence has evolved into a battle with broad implications for Marion County.
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'Smoke free' needs to be the law in all Hoosier public placesRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
If Indianapolis is going to be a first-class city, it needs to have a comprehensive smoke-free workplace law.
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New hotel tax in Johnson County would fund horse park, tourism bureauRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Johnson County officials this month approved a 7-percent tax on hotel-room stays.
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Appeals pay off for biz ownersRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
More than one in four Marion County commercial and industrial property owners has appealed its property tax assessments this year, and the challenges often are paying off in a big way.
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We need an adequately funded census to manage growthRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Morton Marcus
Without good data, public and private decisions will be hampered in the next decade.
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Is 2012 Super Bowl wisest investment?Restricted Content

December 8, 2008
Brian Williams
The economic impact of a Super Bowl on the host city is subject to vigorous debate.
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Indiana should brace for auto falloutRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
The Big Three and the United Auto Workers do not appear to be serious about making the concessions and changes that are necessary to make them a viable entity for the long haul.
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Hetrick column appreciated for its thought-provoking candorRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
I find your writing to be thought-provoking, and I especially liked your [Nov. 24] piece.
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State ends contract with local air pollution control agenciesRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Local health groups are aghast at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's decision to end contracts with six local air pollution control agencies.
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Smoke Free Indy advocates mount new campaignRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Anti-smoking advocates are organizing a new attempt to strengthen Indianapolis' ban against smoking in the workplace.
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Gun owners, athletes or not, must be responsibleRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Bill Benner
I don't begrudge those who legally obtain and carry guns, whether their intended use is hunting or self-protection, and I question the media frenzy that erupted after New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was arrested for carrying a weapon without a New York license.
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Study examines regional commuter rail types and their expenseRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Chris O'Malley
The Metropolitan Development Commission has given city planners the green light to seek an expedited study that would provide a clearer picture of what a comprehensive regional transit system could look like and how much it would cost.
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Transit isn't just an expense; it's an investmentRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
The Metropolitan Development Commission gave Indianapolis area transportation planners the green light Nov. 12 to do an expedited study that would show locations, cost and potential ridership for mass transit routes region-wide.
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Study says most U.S. pensions are poised to recoverRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
A new national analysis of U.S. public pension funds suggests most invest prudently, even in volatile times.
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State technology interests don't want economy to stifle progressRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana legislators are signaling that everyone who receives funding from state government must tighten their belts as tax collections fall short of projections. That could cause pressure for cuts to key technology incentives.
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Defamation laws haven't caught up with today's InternetRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Matthew Albaugh
What are the legal repercussions against Web sites that allow defamatory comments to be posted on them?
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Billions lost in state pension-fund falloutRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana's public pensions lost $5 billion in the 12 months ending Sept. 30.
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Let's limit campaigns to public fundsRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The only way more ideas, more candidates, more party platforms can gain any traction, any consideration by the public at large, would be for all political parties to receive, and run only on public funds.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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