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Legislators, governor disagree about special sessionRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Assigning responsibility for what stuck us with a special session is a political post-session must, but playing the blame game usually isn't a productive exercise.
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Franklin ban snuffs out smokingRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Tavern owners in Franklin will mothball their ashtrays next month following the passage of a smoking ban May 4. City councilors voted 6-1 to make the ban one of the most restrictive in the state.
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Reimbursement changes prompt specialists to join hospital payrollsRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
J.K. Wall
Specialist physicians, who have traditionally been fiercely independent, are more and more coming on as employees of hospitals.
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Indianapolis Waterworks' rate hike request excessive, critics sayRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Customer groups say an 18-percent rate hike sought by the Indianapolis Department of Waterworks is excessive even for a utility drowning in variable-rate bond debt that's swelled since financial markets collapsed.
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Here is a sustainable plan for the CIBRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Brian Williams
A vibrant Indianapolis powers a dynamic Indiana and the governor, the mayor and the members of the General Assembly should all recognize that.
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Deal-making efforts unraveled in session's last daysRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
You wouldn't have expected it going into the final week of the Indiana General Assembly, but we're headed for a special legislative session.
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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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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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Federal stimulus trickles downRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
There's a smorgasbord available for small businesses in the federal stimulus package. The trick is figuring out how to get a plate. Plenty of local experts are serving up access to the buffet. And some entrepreneurs are digging in. But others consider the stimulus warmed-over leftovers.
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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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Is poor management Indiana's problem?Restricted Content

April 27, 2009
Morton Marcus
Hoosiers identify many factors contributing to our state's long-term economic difficulties. It is fashionable to blame our workers. It is easy to decry a lack of natural amenities: no mountains, no coral reefs. Our public schools are inferior and perhaps our higher education is overrated. Our taxes are too high but we have substandard government services. We ain't got no culture. Rarely do we hear anyone say that our problem is management.
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Westfield mayor hopes $60M stadium project will transform cityRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Cory Schouten
Westfield Mayor Andy Cook is proposing a $60 million youth sports complex with a 4,000-seat multipurpose outdoor stadium, indoor sports facilities and sports fields with the goal of establishing the Hamilton County community as the "Family Sports Capital of America."
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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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CIB's deficit is a state problem, not a local oneRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Casting the CIB's deficit as an Indianapolis problem is simplistic and inaccurate because it overlooks the millions of dollars in state tax revenue generated by those venues and an endless list of vendors that do business with them.
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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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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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Simon layoffs would jeopardize HQ incentive dealRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
During one of the worst markets for real estate in decades, at a time when developers of all sizes are shedding employees, officials with Simon Property Group Inc. continue to insist they have had zero layoffs.
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Prolonged woes reshape Connersville, city once known as 'Little Detroit'Restricted Content

April 13, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
With economists predicting the statewide unemployment average will reach 10 percent this year, the experience of a hard-hit city like Connersville offers a glimpse of what lies ahead for other manufacturing-reliant Hoosier communities.
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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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