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Taxes, fees should be determined case-by-caseRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Morton Marcus
If an honest case for the general good cannot be made (as in the case of most education services, and, sports, entertainment and tourist facilities), government revenue streams should not be used to support private enterprises.
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CIB rescue plan counts on new hotel being big successRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The Marion County Capital Improvement Board's bailout depends on the success of Indianapolis' new downtown JW Marriott convention hotel.
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Ballard trip to explore clean energyRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and other city officials will travel to Brazil in May to explore renewable-energy production, in hopes of making the city a leader in the technology.
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Central Canal needs green spaceRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
The Indiana War Memorials Commission's proposal to build a USS Indianapolis submarine memorial on the east bank of the Canal just north of the existing USS Indianapolis (cruiser) National Memorial would unwisely occupy nearly the last piece of green space on the Canal.
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Focused, clear direction is needed to end recessionRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
The solution to ending the current recession is not more trillion-dollar debt on future social health care, education and energy ideas, nor any increase in taxes.
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CIB solution may be wrapped into state budgetRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The Legislature has been behaving as expected lately: little public sound and fury, but action beginning to stir behind the scenes.
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Gambling habit puts state at riskRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
The state's overreliance on gambling, what once seemed like easy money, is becoming a major concern to taxpayers.
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Youth program may promote sense of purposeRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Mike HicksMore

Indiana among first states targeted by expanded program to root out coding, billing problemsRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Erin Lewis
Modern-day bounty hunters are preparing to fan out across Indiana as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expands a program to ferret out fraud and overpayment in the health care system.
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Clawback provisions won't hurt biz attractionRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Mike Hicks
House Bill 1338 introduces a change to many (but not all) of our state's tax incentives, adding what is known as a "clawback" provision, offering a reasonable and fair adjustment to our current tax incentives.
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Study: Smoke-free policies aren't an economic dragRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
A team of Indiana University health researchers has concluded that smoke-free-workplace laws do not have a negative economic impact.
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April 17 revenue forecast to drive final days of General Assembly sessionRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Most of the critical work of this state legislative session will occur after April 20, because only then will the General Assembly have a revenue projection for the next biennium.
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Jobless-fund plan a good solutionRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Indiana lawmakers are stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place when it comes to fixing the state's bankrupt unemployment insurance fund.
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State's gambling jackpot may have reached its limitRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Hoosiers' long ride on the gambling gravy train finally may be coming to an end.
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Horse trading key to solving unemployment deficitRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
In the past, lawmakers ignored the need to fix financing for the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, and now they must come up with solutions that will be difficult for both Democrats and Republicans to accept.
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Our newest smoke-filled workplace: Sadly, it stinksRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Hoosiers workers—including those who work at casinos—deserve a healthy, smoke-free workplace.
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Banking system's history should help ease fearsRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Since people must have confidence in the financial system for it to function properly, it is incumbent upon our leaders to take action and assure the people their money is safe.
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Bonus outrage poor excuse for good public policy

March 23, 2009
Mike Hicks
The wages paid by a company to its employees are a distinctly private matter.
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Township officials offer valuable serviceRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Township officials provide many services for the community, molded by back-yard input, which enhances quality of life.
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Worsening economy exacerbating legislature's challengesRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Brace yourself, because things in this legislative session are destined to get messy: the politics, the process, the personalities, the context, and the issues and their substance, all at once.
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Indiana firms lash out against patent proposalRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Michael W.
Four Indiana businesses have joined more than 100 major companies in an open letter to President Barack Obama, outlining what they believe are weaknesses of patent reform legislation now before Congress and voicing concern about its potential economic impact.
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U.S. 31 project means massive changes for booming retail corridorRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Lauth Properties alleges in a lawsuit that the state's plan to rebuild 13 miles of U.S. 31 in Hamilton County to freeway standards will cut off access to a property it owns in Westfield, killing plans for a Wal-Mart there.
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Pension merger raises questionsRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
We're generally supportive of a plan to merge the state's two largest public pensions in an effort to save money, but it's hard to know exactly what to think considering the lack of detailed information available about the performance of the funds.
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State offices could use some fixing, tooRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Brian Williams
Although the Kernan-Shepard report focused on local government efficiencies, it is also clear that the management of Indiana's public resources and assets at the regional and state level has not kept pace with the technological and socioeconomic advances of the last century.
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PERF confusionRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
I am not at all sure that a merger of two public pension plans is not a good idea, possibly just not under current investment management auspices.
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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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