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Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library on pace for record yearRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A growing number of Indianapolis residents are making the most of their public library system. The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library system says it’s on pace for a record year in terms of use by patrons and items circulated.  
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INDOT hires executive to manage Interstate 69 extensionRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Cost management was the operative phrase in the introduction this month of a highway executive to manage the Interstate 69 extension to Evansville.
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City files complaint against Bright House Networks over unpaid feesRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Chris O'Malley
A municipality has filed the first formal complaint against a cable television operator since state telecommunications reform three years ago unplugged local government oversight of operators.
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Indianapolis golf course contracts up for bidRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration is requesting proposals to manage all but one of Indianapolis’ 13 municipal courses.
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City considering new parking meter plan

July 13, 2009
Cory Schouten
City officials are considering several proposals designed to wrestle more revenue out of the city’s roughly 4,000 parking meters, including the possibility of a long-term lease to a private firm, a move that netted Chicago more than $1 billion last year.
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Construction jobs trickling in from road stimulusRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Federal stimulus money for Indiana highway projects so far has put to work 1,222 people with a payroll of $1.27 million, according to state records of 42 projects under way in which contractors have reported job data. The work, ranging from paving to replacing bridge decks, had a total contract value of $39.2 million.

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Legislature snubs casinos, but forms study committeeRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana's struggling gambling industry didn't get the relief it sought during the special session of the Indiana General Assembly. But embedded within the budget bill approved June 30 is a provision creating a gambling summer study committee. Its recommendations, due by Dec. 1, may make or break several of Indiana's casinos.
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FEIGENBAUM: Education money helped land key Democratic votesRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
As both House Speaker Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, and House Republican Leader Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, see it, this is definitely a "Republican-flavored" budget. Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels laid the framework, and legislators from both sides of the aisle largely abided by his bottom lines of spending, state agency cuts and surplus.
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Carson vs. Chrysler, round oneRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff
U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indianapolis, is taking on General Motors Corp. and Chrysler Corp. in the name of crash victims.
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Clean air strategy: Some nightspots opt to tighten smoking rulesRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Coaches Tavern, MacNiven's Restaurant and Bar, and The Jazz Kitchen are among Indianapolis bars that recently limited or banned smoking. Those establishments join a short list of bars that already buck the trend in Indianapolis. Smoking in public places, including restaurants, has been banned in Marion County since 2006, but it's still OK to puff away in places that don't admit minors.
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Peterson has passion for health care and new Lilly positionRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
J.K. Wall
A new communications post at Eli Lilly gives former mayor Bart Peterson an opportunity to meld his experiences in the public and private sectors.
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FEIGENBAUM: History suggests legislators finally will settle on budgetRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The sniping over the state budget follows the time-honored script of partisan politics. Fear not: A timely climax and resolution are all but guaranteed.
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$65M development deal would cost Capital Improvement BoardRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Capital Improvement Board could be forced to give up one of its most profitable assets so the city can pull off a $65-million public-private downtown development deal. The city has agreed to help a developer revitalize the vacant former Bank One operations center in part by acquiring an adjacent parking garage for $18.5 million.
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KATTERJOHN: Leaders in education primed for successRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
There's reason to believe serious progress is coming, due to the people in leadership positions for the state in three key areas: the Department of Education, the Commission for Higher Education and Ivy Tech Community College.
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STATEHOUSE DISPATCH: Political posturing puts session on strange trajectoryRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
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Unprecedented economic forecast revision will frame special sessionRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
With the help of outside economists, Indiana government undergoes an economic forecast every other yearâ??a process that's taken on increased importance this spring, as Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Legislature attempt to craft a two-year budget amid the deepest recession since the early 1980s.
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MARCUS: Let's reassess reassessmentRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Morton Marcus
The process of assessment could be simplified and performed uniformly and inexpensively.
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General Assembly, governor bypass green reformsRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Indiana environmental advocates had lots of disappointments this year regarding government reform efforts.
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HICKS: Administration demonized 'investors' in Chrysler dealRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Mike Hicks
Almost one-third of Chrysler's investors are schoolteachers, college administrators, firefighters and police officers. These "vultures" of Wall Street finance have seen the value of their hard work severely hampered by the Chrysler bankrutcy plan.
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Arts Council faces grants-divvying dilemmaRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Arts Council of Indianapolis faces the unenviable task of divvying up less than $1 million in city grants for the arts, compared with $2.15 million that was awarded last year.
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Holiday a reminder of the value of public serviceRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Mike Hicks
Many lament the loss of what might be called timeless values. I place these into two categories; both are exemplified and sustained by military service.
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Consider progressive taxesRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Morton Marcus
Put some progressivity into Indiana tax rates when passing the Indiana state budget.
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A cap on cap and trade?Restricted Content

May 25, 2009

On May 15, the Wall Street Journal published a letter from Gov. Mitch Daniels laying out his sharp opposition to the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act, which would set limits on carbon emissions to combat global warming.

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CIB drama goes from bad to worseRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
I am truly disgusted after reading the latest in the perennial saga of the CIB.
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Tourism should not be our focusRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
If a city really wants to attract people to its city (to live and visit), it has to become a better city, but to become a better city it has to know what it is and what it wants to be and what it can be.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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