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System meltdown at the StatehouseRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Lawmakers sometimes do their best work right after an election, when they have a fresh victory in hand and can think beyond their political self-interest. Not this time.
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Top logistics execs draw road map for industryRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Chris O'Malley
On the menu of Indiana's economic development initiatives, the logistics industry has had all the appeal of truck stop coffee. Meanwhile, the information technology and life sciences sectors—and recently clean tech—have had everyone salivating. Logistics, however, is cooking up a new strategy.
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Critics: Tax hike 'defies logic'Restricted Content

May 4, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Critics say the Legislature's plan to shore up the insolvent Indiana Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund places the bulk of the financial burden on already ailing businesses with the least ability to pay.
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Lawmakers think 'gloomy' in spite of rosy forecastRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Sometimes the news is just so good you can't believe it, and that is just what happened with the state revenue forecast this month.
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Obama's reforms could bite LillyRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
When it comes to health care reform, Eli Lilly and Co. has its derriere exposed more than its drugmaker peers.
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General Assembly is shame of IndianaRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Morton Marcus
When we read that all the Democrats in the House voted against all the Republicans in the House on a given issue, we know independence has been cruelly killed by the leadership of each party. The same applies to the Senate.
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Competing interests to collide in final days of sessionRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The two principal matters that all agree must be resolved are the biennial budget and a plan to return the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund to solvency.
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Complex bond schemes haunt Indy, other citiesRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
The city is just beginning to digest the news that came out of left field regarding Indianapolis Water Co.'s bond transaction gone wild.
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No playoffs, but plenty of positives for PacersRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Bill Benner
Without question, the Pacers' road back to contending status remains decidedly uphill, but they have the talents of Danny Granger and other strong players and have worked hard to gain community support.
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President Daniels? Never say neverRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels would make a remarkable president. Governor/ presidentâ??it's the same game, just a different scale.
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Casino-tax controversy lit fire under residents of Fairland, a long-forgotten townRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
With a town government behind them, Fairland-area residents hope any future growth will be to their benefit.
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Mayor hopes to fix budget by offering naming rights to city-owned propertiesRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
City officials want to raise money by selling sponsorships, advertising and possibly even naming-rights deals for city-owned properties as they attempt to chip away at a projected $23 million deficit in the municipal budget.
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Hopeful news about the nukes aimed at your headRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Because President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev have now dared to raise that tired and trivial matter of nuclear disarmament, you must focus on mundane matters of mass destruction.
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Colts, Pacers or Indians ticket stumbles would trip up Kenley planRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Peter Schnitzler, Anthony Schoettle

Sen. Luke Kenley's CIB bailout plan counts on the Indianapolis Colts to keep up their sellout streak, and assumes the Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Indians will maintain at least their current popularity.

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The tax system has fluctuated throughout the agesRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Mike Hicks
Let's reflect on the origins of the current income tax system to help understand it better.
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Daniels strangely quiet as fiscal issues festerRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The Indiana General Assembly session will end with a focus on what has dominated discussion since Organization Day back in November: fiscal issues.
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Taxes, fees should be determined case-by-caseRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Morton Marcus
If an honest case for the general good cannot be made (as in the case of most education services, and, sports, entertainment and tourist facilities), government revenue streams should not be used to support private enterprises.
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CIB rescue plan counts on new hotel being big successRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The Marion County Capital Improvement Board's bailout depends on the success of Indianapolis' new downtown JW Marriott convention hotel.
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Detroit reminds us not to squander what we haveRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Bill Benner
My prevailing thoughts upon returning from Detroit were how fortunate Indianapolis is when it comes to hosting these kinds of events, and how a thriving downtown is essential to (A) success of the region and (B) national perception.
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Ballard trip to explore clean energyRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and other city officials will travel to Brazil in May to explore renewable-energy production, in hopes of making the city a leader in the technology.
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Central Canal needs green spaceRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
The Indiana War Memorials Commission's proposal to build a USS Indianapolis submarine memorial on the east bank of the Canal just north of the existing USS Indianapolis (cruiser) National Memorial would unwisely occupy nearly the last piece of green space on the Canal.
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Focused, clear direction is needed to end recessionRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
The solution to ending the current recession is not more trillion-dollar debt on future social health care, education and energy ideas, nor any increase in taxes.
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CIB solution may be wrapped into state budgetRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The Legislature has been behaving as expected lately: little public sound and fury, but action beginning to stir behind the scenes.
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Youth program may promote sense of purposeRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Mike HicksMore

General Assembly pushes statewide trauma systemRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Scott Olson
Indiana lawmakers are considering legislation to create a network that would coordinate hospital trauma programs and bring the centers to underserved cities and rural areas.
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