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Property-tax bill would hurt seniorsRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Retired people living on a fixed income have no way to raise extra money to pay for property taxes.
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Legislators struggling with economic imperativesRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The Indiana state budget will continue to be a work in progress for many more weeks.
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CAFE standards not as effective as gasoline taxRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Mike Hicks
The Obama administration recently reversed a Bush-era policy that prevented states from imposing some of their own environmental policies with respect to corporate average fuel efficiency, or CAFE, standards.
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Payroll tax hike loomingRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Shoring up the state's jobless-fund shortfall likely will cost employers and employees more.
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Township jobs offer benefits, money for little workRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Abdul-Hakim Shabazz

Just like Willie Sutton, who liked to rob banks because that's where the money was, I'm going to get myself a job in township government because, "There is gold in them thar hills."

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ICVA seeks extra $15M to market new centerRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association says it needs more sales and marketing firepower to fill an expanded convention center and adjacent hotels. That means asking the city's Capital Improvement Board—one of ICVA's primary sources of funds—for a budget increase of up to 50 percent at the worst possible time.
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Trickiest legislative issues remain far from resolutionRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Positive action, action for the sake of action, and inaction were all on tap in the General Assembly in recent days as lawmakers prepared to wrap up the first half of the session.
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Manufacturers see income opportunities with Defense contractsRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Facing anemic demand and slumping sales, manufacturers are increasingly attempting to tap the U.S. Department of Defense for contracting opportunities.
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CIB can't count on mall fundersRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
If the Capital Improvement Board comes, hat in hand, looking for help, we trust the investing companies will carefully weigh the benefits they've derived from the city and its thriving downtown before delivering an answer.
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Simons don't need our financial helpRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
The most important piece of leverage Mayor Ballard has in negotiating with the Pacers is being willing to let them go.
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Indians concerned about possible ticket taxRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Some local officials wrestling with the Capital Improvement Board's $37 million deficit think part of the profit made by the Indianapolis Indians could be used to narrow that deficit, but Indian officials balk at that idea because they say they've already paid more than their share.
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Activity at Statehouse picks up, but how much is getting done?Restricted Content

February 16, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
After a surprisingly slow month of January, the pace of legislative action picked up considerably during the first two weeks of February.
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Indianapolis' sewer project will be the city's biggest public works undertaking since the interstate highway systemRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Chris O'Malley

City engineers and consultants are fine-tuning plans to build a colossal tunnel to temporarily store water and raw sewage that now shoots into local waterways during rain storms.

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Stimulus just way too big to spend this yearRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Mike Hicks
After much debate, the U.S. House and Senate have come together on a stimulus package. Whether it will work remains to be seen. And the long-term impact of spending nearly $800 billion is a big concern.
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Papa's college funds hit the skidsRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Mickey Maurer
When I read the year-end statements from the 529 College Saving Plans I had established for the benefit of my grandchildren, I felt lower than a snake's belly.
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Pacers: We've lost money 9 of last 10 yearsRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Swamped by financial losses that go back to the time Herb and Mel Simon bought the Indiana Pacers in 1983, team officials are now looking for a new game plan—one that may involve financial assistance from taxpayers and visitors.
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Health care interests wary of state's cost-cutting idea for MedicaidRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indiana Medicaid officials want to take over management of all its patients' prescription drugs because they say it could save the state as much as $40 million a year.
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NASA contracts soaringRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Chris O'Malley
NASA begins to award more grants to Indiana firms and universities.
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Workplace smoking policies move backwardRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
The bill in question seems like a long shot. It would abdicate government's responsibility for protecting citizens' health and safety, and place it in the hands of individual business owners.
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Credit crunch creates bond crisis for CIBRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The Capital Improvement Board's $43 million in debts must be settled soon, or the entity may not be able to survive.
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From politics to basic training, state official excelsRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Della Pacheco

Danielle Chrysler hasn't met a challenge yet that she hasn't embraced--and conquered.

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Stimulus talk creates uncertainty at StatehouseRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Stimulus talk continues to dominate discussion at the Indiana Statehouse, creating indecision for lawmakers who were supposed to be devoting their full attention to assembling a two-year budget under difficult economic circumstances.
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CIB failure isn't an optionRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Creativity and transparency are required to fix the Capital Improvement Board's financial woes.
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CIB's influence has grown with city's sports sceneRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
State lawmakers formed the Capital Improvement Board in 1965 to oversee construction of the city's convention center.
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Cash-strapped gambling firm pushing bill in Legislature; Centaur trying to recover from Pennsylvania setbackRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Centaur is lobbying the Indiana General Assembly to let it transfer 500 slots from its Hoosier Park horse track in Anderson to the Fort Wayne area.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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