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'Indiana Grown' bill passes General Assembly

February 24, 2014
John Sittler, The Statehouse File
House Bill 1039, authored by Matt Lehman, R-Berne, would create an 11-member commission to continue to endorse the current “Indiana Grown” initiative.
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Bill to allow booze sales at Indiana State Fair in home stretch

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate passed a bill to lift the ban 33-13 last month, and the state House now has the measure. It cleared the second of its required three readings in the House on Monday.
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UPDATE: Bill to limit Indiana environmental rules dies

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
A state senator has killed legislation that would bar Indiana environmental regulators from creating standards harsher than federal rules.
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House committee mulls corporate contribution to mass transit

February 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana House Ways and Means Committee is expected to vote Monday on a mass-transit bill and is considering an amendment that would require 10 percent of revenue to come from non-traditional sources.
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Governors: Buzz about legalizing pot just smoke in most states

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
Colorado's governor is warning other state leaders against rushing to follow his lead to legalize recreational marijuana.
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Climate case at Supreme Court looks at EPA's power

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
The Obama administration is squaring off at the Supreme Court with industry groups and Republican-led states, including Indiana, over a small but important program aimed at limiting power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.
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New BMV class-action suit alleges drivers overcharged

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
Plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit could secure refunds for overcharges on vehicle registrations and other services if their suit succeeds. The suit follows on the heels of a similar legal battle fought last year.
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Potholes devouring municipal budgets locally, across U.S.

February 24, 2014
Bloomberg News
About three-fourths of U.S. states and many cities, including Indianapolis, have outspent their maintenance budgets dealing with the extreme weather.
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Two former IURC workers named to utility commission

February 24, 2014
Jessica Wray, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission openings generated heavy interest. Gov. Mike Pence added a second round of interviews in order to hear from 21 candidates.
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Delph gains names recognition in fight with own party

February 23, 2014
Associated Press analysis
When conservative state Sen. Mike Delph took to Twitter about gay marriage and ultimately lost his formal vestiges of power within the Senate Republican caucus, he gained something far more valuable in the world of politics.
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Pence won't rule out run for presidency

February 22, 2014
Jessica Wray, The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is leaving the door open on a potential 2016 presidential campaign.
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FEIGENBAUM: Lawmakers press ahead on education issuesRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
The business community has turned a keen collective eye to a passel of bills that seek to improve education, including measures that would authorize Indianapolis Public Schools to enter into an agreement with a school-management team to establish innovative network schools, allow charter school support to be distributed at the organizer level; and create a career and technical education diploma.
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Panel gives Pence half of his $400M road-funding request

February 20, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The reduction, led by Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley, was a partial blow to one of the governor's key legislative goals.
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House committee helps Indy Eleven stadium project

February 20, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Ways and Means Committee voted 18-2 Thursday afternoon in favor of a bill that would facilitate a new downtown soccer venue.
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Homeowners in flood zones fear insurance spike

February 20, 2014
Associated Press
Steep increases are being felt from south Louisiana to New England to Columbus, Ind., are required by the Biggert-Waters Reform Act of 2012. That legislation, signed by President Obama two years ago, set into motion a process designed to start shaving down the flood insurance system's mounting deficit.
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Ex-Chase chief to lead state banking agency

February 20, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Denny Bassett's appointment to the department that regulates state banks comes just a few months after his retirement as Indiana chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co.
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House committee votes to nix Common Core

February 20, 2014
Associated Press
The full House now will consider the controversial proposal to opt out of federal standards and allow Indiana to make its own benchmarks for preparing students for college and careers after high school.
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Bill roundup: State fair alcohol, digital privacy and more

February 20, 2014
A committee nearly unanimously approved a measure clearing the way for alcohol sales at the Indiana State Fair. Another committee unanimously passed a bill that would expand privacy laws to accommodate the increased use of digital technology.
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Indy officials work to strengthen rental-property inspection bill

February 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A proposal under consideration by the Legislature would curb rental-property inspection programs, but local officials worked with its author to let cities set up landlord registries.
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Prosecutors want to keep $3.4M from El Rodeo raids

February 19, 2014
Associated Press
Civil forfeiture lawsuits have been filed in Tippecanoe and Marion counties, accusing the Mexican restaurant owners and others involved with the businesses of illegally obtaining the money.
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Dunham's $30M expansion in Marion to create 135 jobs

February 19, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The sporting good retailer, which has more than 200 stores in 17 states, will consolidate distribution into a new, 735,000-square-foot building.
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Business equipment tax headed toward delay

February 18, 2014
Associated Press
Lawmakers considering a cut to Indiana's tax on business equipment might leave the matter to a summer study committee, a move that would delay any action by at least a year.
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Conservatives angry at GOP chiefs in marriage loss

February 18, 2014
Associated Press
Lawmakers amended the measure and delayed a referendum until at least 2016, despite calls from social and religious conservatives to hold the vote this year.
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Senate approves diluted gay marriage ban

February 17, 2014
Associated Press
Earliest vote on proposed constitutional marriage ban would be at least 2016.
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Sen. Delph wants last-ditch edit to gay-marriage amendment

February 17, 2014
 The Statehouse File
After an extended Twitter tirade over the weekend stemming from a Senate move stalling the amendment, Sen. Mike Delph on Monday pledged to use a procedural maneuver to resurrect deleted language.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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