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Fund to fuel ethanol use out of gasRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Chris O'Malley
A state fund supporting an 18-cent-a-gallon tax credit for gas stations selling E85 ethanol was exhausted in the first three months of the state's new fiscal year.
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Daniels, Obama cruise to victoryRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
The last time Indiana went for the Democrat in a presidential election, Lyndon Johnson trounced conservative Barry Goldwater at the 1964 polls. More than 40 years later, Sen. Barack Obama earned his historic White House victory thanks, in part, to Hoosiers' 11 electoral votes.
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Tax caps thrill homeowners, assessments chill businessesRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Soaring property taxes were arguably Indiana's biggest problem in 2007. In 2008, the Legislature approved property tax caps as a solution. But because the caps haven't been implemented, debate is still raging over the consequences the caps will have for local governments and whether they should be made permanent.
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Tourism chief hired from SeattleRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Though few knew what to think when Don Welsh announced in June he was leaving Seattle to become Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association CEO, he's shown he didn't come here to simply wind down his career.
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Government reform effort long overdueRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Critics were lined up to oppose Gov. Mitch Daniels' plan to streamline local government almost before he left the podium Dec. 19. Big surprise.
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Laws aim to protect veterans returning from deploymentRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Sam Stall
These days, when an Indiana National Guard member or military reservist is called to active duty, that "weekend warrior" may be gone for a good deal longer than a weekend.
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Ex-Noblesville official paved way for project after resigning post

December 22, 2008
Cory Schouten
A quick turnaround from city official to high-paid land-use lobbyist raises questions for some critics of revolving-door government.
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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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