Government

City considers whether to revoke 3M tax break

March 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Minneapolis-based 3M spent nearly $16 million in 2008 on local buildings and equipment for Aearo Technologies, but hasn’t hit hiring targets set out in a seven-year tax-abatement agreement.
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Common Core spawns widespread political fights

March 24, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans.
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Indiana braces for flood insurance subsidy changes

March 24, 2014
Associated Press
Thousands of Indiana homeowners who live in flood-prone neighborhoods are bracing for insurance premium increases, despite Congress' latest fix for the government's debt-saddled flood insurance program.
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Undertaker mayor says Connersville will cheat death

March 23, 2014
Bloomberg News
The mayor of Connersville declared a financial emergency three months into budget year.The culprit is the loss of a single employer, Visteon Corp., which closed an auto-parts plant in 2008, throwing 900 people out of work.
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Legislative recap: 'Short' session a busy one after allRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Jeff Newman
The latest Indiana General Assembly, which wrapped up a “short” session March 14, tackled a rather lengthy list of bills. We look at how some notable proposals fared.
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Study will seek answers to transportation funding issue

March 21, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Department of Transportation will launch an expansive study seeking new ways to finance road construction and maintenance, according to a bill passed by the Indiana legislature awaiting the governor's signature.
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Judge to Ballard rep: We decide where courts go

March 21, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Marion Superior judges on Friday gave a grudging endorsement to the former General Motors stamping plant site as the location for a proposed criminal justice complex, but not before sending a message to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard that the courts are their call.
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Big businesses fight over Indiana energy program

March 20, 2014
Associated Press
Two giant corporations that sell products that save electricity want Gov. Mike Pence to veto a bill that would halt the program called Energizing Indiana.
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Bosma asks House Ethics Committee to review Turner

March 20, 2014
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma wrote a letter to Ethics Chairman Greg Steuerwald on Thursday requesting an investigation into whether Republican Rep. Eric Turner violated any ethics rules.
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City reports more revenue from parking meter operations

March 19, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis received more than $3 million in revenue from parking meters in 2013, its highest total yet since turning over meter operations to ParkIndy in late 2010.
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Pence signs measures, but big items await decisions

March 19, 2014
Associated Press
As of Wednesday, Gov. Mike Pence had approved more than 30 bills, but he has left the bigger items — including his top priorities — for later.
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State asks feds for help with overseas-based robocalls

March 19, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
In 2013, there were about 14,000 complaints from consumers who received unwanted solicitation calls despite being on the list.
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U.S. agrees to $1.2B settlement with Toyota

March 19, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said it is the largest financial penalty of its kind ever imposed on an auto company.
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City pitches case for jail on former GM plant site

March 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Director of Enterprise Development David Rosenberg met with west-side residents Tuesday evening to explain the city's preference for putting a new criminal-justice complex on the former GM stamping plant property.
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Bill opens door to crowdfunding investments for businesses

March 19, 2014
Dan Human
Privately owned businesses in Indiana will be able to raise investments online as part of a bill on the way to Gov. Mike Pence's desk.
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City to consider $7.7M bond issue to assist Broad Ripple project

March 18, 2014
Scott Olson
Browning Investments Inc. says that it is seeking $5.7 million from the bond issue to help finance Canal Pointe, its controversial $30 million apartments-and-retail project.
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Lawmaker Turner worked to nix nursing home ban

March 17, 2014
Associated Press
A powerful House Republican secretly lobbied colleagues in the final hours of the 2014 session last week to kill a measure that would have been disastrous for his family's nursing home business.
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Council backs city financing plan for $81M tower

March 17, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis City-County Council voted 18-9 Monday night to provide up to $23 million in city financing for the project, with the stipulation that 30 percent of the workers hired to build the 28-story building live in Marion County.
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Illiana Expressway eligible for low-interest loan

March 17, 2014
Associated Press
The proposed Illiana Expressway linking northwestern Indiana with Chicago's south suburbs is eligible for a low-interest federal loan for up to one-third of the cost of the $1.5 billion project.
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Apparel firm requests tax break on $15M project

March 17, 2014
 IBJ Staff
OSP Group is in the midst of re-evaluating its national distribution network and has identified major improvements needed at the center, which employs 625.
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Financial emergency sparks cuts in Connersville

March 16, 2014
Associated Press
The city's clerk-treasurer estimates the city's general fund will have less than $15,000 in the bank as of May 1, yet its monthly payroll and claims typically exceed $700,000.
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Pence signs bill allowing state fair alcohol sales

March 16, 2014
Associated Press
The law ends a 67-year ban on selling alcoholic beverages at the Indiana State Fair, positioning Indiana to join 48 other states that allow the practice.
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Statehouse victories tempered by Senate, budget concerns

March 16, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Gov. Mike Pence and House Republicans entered the 2014 legislative session with big plans for education, taxes and roads, but they often found themselves running into Senate roadblocks.
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Rokita takes on FAA medical ruleRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
General aviation pilots abhor the Federal Aviation Authority’s third-class medical certificate, which requires them to get a physical from an FAA-approved doctor every two years, but the industry has yet to take down that bureaucratic hurdle.
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Lawsuits challenge Indiana's gay marriage ban

March 14, 2014
Associated Press
Ken Falk, chief legal counsel for the ACLU of Indiana, said he expects the growing number of federal lawsuits will be consolidated into a single challenge against the state's marriage law.
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