Government

Unigov 2.0 isn't just about savingsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Saving money may be the bottom-line reason for reforming local government, but that's only one of the benefits.
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Column was disrespectful of Americans who support marijuana's legalizationRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Marijuana legalization deserves a thoughtful debate, not ridicule from Morton Marcus.
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Stimulus could help medical exchangeRestricted Content

February 2, 2009

 President Barack Obama's economic stimulus bill provides a big opportunity for the Indianapolis-based Indiana Health Information Exchange to spread its expertise around the country.

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City's environmental effort gets boostRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The McKinney Family Foundation has created a fund to support initiatives of Mayor Greg Ballard's 3-month-old Office of Sustainability, an environmental initiative that promotes projects ranging from energy-efficient city buildings to bicycle paths.
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Groups seeks records tied to utility plant projectRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Four Indiana public interest groups are complaining Gov. Mitch Daniels is ignoring a public records request they made Oct. 29 regarding Daniels' support of a Duke Energy coal gasification plant being built in Edwardsport.
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Town of Fishers considers new form of governmentRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Sitting in gridlocked traffic along Interstate 69, Fishers residents might already think of their town as a city. This sprawling suburb of 65,000 people certainly looks nothing like the burg of less than 1,000 it was three decades ago. But down at the municipal government complex, Fishers is still a town, just as it was incorporated in 1891.
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Nursing home group tries bulk purchasing to save cashRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
The Indiana Health Care Association has signed contracts with three corporations to buy supplies, medicines and insurance in bulk.
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Legislation takes aim at AnthemRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's growing market dominance in Indiana is sparking a backlash from doctors who plan to push a bill this year in the Indiana General Assembly that would allow physicians to reject patients covered by massive health insurer.
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Green bills sprout at StatehouseRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Legislation filed in the Indiana General Assembly this year seeks renewable energy mandates, stricter building codes throughout Indiana.
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As Indiana's commerce chief, Roob aims to 'hit on all cylinders'Restricted Content

January 12, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
IBJ talked to new Secretary of Commerce Mitch Roob about Indiana's challenges in 2009, including a recessionary economy, rising unemployment and work-force training gaps.
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State's tech sector looking ahead, but cutting backRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
It's two steps forward, one step back, for Indiana's technology sector, but in a tough economic climate, any advancement is worth celebrating.
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Governor's proposed budget sets penny-pinching toneRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The $28 billion, two-year budget that Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels unveiled Jan. 6 transcends characterization even as a "bare bones" effort because programs outside of public safety and K-12 education are being trimmed, delayed or eliminated.
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Obama's call ignites local health care debatesRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
J.K. Wall
When President-elect Barack Obama called for community discussions of health care reform, about 250 people in Indianapolis answered. Their answer rang loud with individual complaints, a surprising number of calls for national health insurance and some doubt that their comments would actually shape Obama's policymaking.
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Legislature should focus on government efficiency in 2009Restricted Content

January 5, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
Now, more than ever, we need to be creative and industrious in finding ways to generate revenue, as well as be smart and strategic about employing our resources intelligently.
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Basic investments are best for Indiana pension fundsRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
John Guy
IBJ reported in November that the Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund will allocate 15 percent to 30 percent of its investments in "alternatives." Unfortunately, the term means nothing to those of us outside PERF and probably confuses PERF itself.
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State warns businesses about scamRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita has issued a warning about a fraudulent letter targeting Indiana businesses.
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Fund to fuel ethanol use out of gasRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Chris O'Malley
A state fund supporting an 18-cent-a-gallon tax credit for gas stations selling E85 ethanol was exhausted in the first three months of the state's new fiscal year.
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Daniels, Obama cruise to victoryRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
The last time Indiana went for the Democrat in a presidential election, Lyndon Johnson trounced conservative Barry Goldwater at the 1964 polls. More than 40 years later, Sen. Barack Obama earned his historic White House victory thanks, in part, to Hoosiers' 11 electoral votes.
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Tax caps thrill homeowners, assessments chill businessesRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Soaring property taxes were arguably Indiana's biggest problem in 2007. In 2008, the Legislature approved property tax caps as a solution. But because the caps haven't been implemented, debate is still raging over the consequences the caps will have for local governments and whether they should be made permanent.
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Government reform effort long overdueRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Critics were lined up to oppose Gov. Mitch Daniels' plan to streamline local government almost before he left the podium Dec. 19. Big surprise.
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Laws aim to protect veterans returning from deploymentRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Sam Stall
These days, when an Indiana National Guard member or military reservist is called to active duty, that "weekend warrior" may be gone for a good deal longer than a weekend.
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Arts advocates seek money from Indy governmentRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Arts Council of Indianapolis is leading talks with city councilors, Deputy Mayor Nick Weber and the chiefs of top cultural organizations about how to create a bigger pot of revenue for the arts.
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Thanks for column on smoking lawRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
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Feltman to pursue law, business in IndianapolisRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Norm Heikens
Outgoing state Commerce Secretary Nate Feltman said that he likely will return to practicing law and become involved in business after leaving the post at the end of the month.
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Beech Grove government bracing for budget cutsRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Property-tax caps should help Hoosier homeowners save a bundle next year.
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