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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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New president is a sign of hopeRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The election for me was like looking up for a change instead of having a spiral-down feeling, which was good.
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Kenley to lead GOP budget negotiationsRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
In the wake of the 2008 election, State Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, has been promoted. to chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, which oversees the state budget.
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Budget cuts threaten local economic data analysisRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Morton Marcus
Budget cuts could eliminate programs that gather and analyze local and state economic data. This would hurt businesses and economic development officials, since they would not have the data that helps them see how their market differs from the state and the nation.
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Could Mitch Daniels run for prez in 2012?Restricted Content

November 17, 2008
Could Gov. Mitch Daniels run for president in 2012?
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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