Government

These are leaders?Restricted Content

March 9, 2009
Whether it's structuring local government to fit the 21st century, financing sports stadiums, achieving property tax reform or putting the state's unemployment fund on sound footing, our leaders consistently show their failure to lead.
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A post-stimulus survival guideRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Instead of waiting around for the state to save your business, plan strategically to survive.
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A few key Senators will mold most-crucial legislationRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The key legislative item at this point remains House Bill 1001, the budget bill.
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Consultants for PERF, TRF announce plan to mergeRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Whether or not the Indiana Public Employees' Retirement Fund and the Indiana State Teachers' Retirement Fund consolidate, their primary financial consultants are merging.
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Wells leaves as Medicaid chief with cost-cutting plan in limboRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Dr. Jeff Wells is moving on from the Indiana Medicaid program even as a $40 million cost-savings plan he spearheaded faces a threat in the Legislature.
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Indiana Public worker, teacher funds have lost $8B in 15 monthsRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The state's two biggest pension funds are poised to combine into one Indiana Public Retirement System, with a single executive director and board.
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Raising already-lofty lodging levy could cause convention planners to bypass IndianapolisRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Scott Olson
Raising Indianapolis' tax on hotel rooms — already one of the highest rates in the nation — could be the tipping point that causes conventioneers to bypass Indianapolis, some industry experts say.
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Township offices have to goRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Leaders on both sides of the aisle have called for streamlining township government, and it's time to demand that our legislators make those changes.
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War did not end the Great DepressionRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Morton Marcus
It was not World War II that moved America out of the Great Depression.
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Unemployment taxes could break small bizRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Raising the taxes to 5 percent-6 percent for a company like mine would be devastating, even though I have few employees.
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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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