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Recession, budget shortfalls will have major impact on everything legislators debateRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Now expecting $935 million less in annual revenue than they did a year ago, legislators will spend the next four months arguing over budget cuts.
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Tax-cap bill, jobless fund among top business issues during legislative sessionRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Scott Olson
Several major issues with business implications are expected to receive ample attention when legislators convene next month, particularly the continuing saga of property-tax relief and the state's ability to pay jobless benefits.
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City of Lawrence, billboard firms tangle with Marion County plannersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
What started as a dispute over a pair of digital billboards in Lawrence has evolved into a battle with broad implications for Marion County.
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'Smoke free' needs to be the law in all Hoosier public placesRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
If Indianapolis is going to be a first-class city, it needs to have a comprehensive smoke-free workplace law.
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New hotel tax in Johnson County would fund horse park, tourism bureauRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Johnson County officials this month approved a 7-percent tax on hotel-room stays.
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Bloomington company gets grant to continue work on wearable supercomputerRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
A Bloomington company has won a government grant to continue its development of a wearable supercomputer.
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Appeals pay off for biz ownersRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
More than one in four Marion County commercial and industrial property owners has appealed its property tax assessments this year, and the challenges often are paying off in a big way.
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Marian College wants to create alternative-transportation hub, community center at VelodromeRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Marian College wants to take over operation of the Major Taylor Velodrome from Indy Parks and make the facility a hub for alternative transportation and Midwestern cycling.
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We need an adequately funded census to manage growthRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Morton Marcus
Without good data, public and private decisions will be hampered in the next decade.
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State ends contract with local air pollution control agenciesRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Local health groups are aghast at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's decision to end contracts with six local air pollution control agencies.
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Smoke Free Indy advocates mount new campaignRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Anti-smoking advocates are organizing a new attempt to strengthen Indianapolis' ban against smoking in the workplace.
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Study says most U.S. pensions are poised to recoverRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
A new national analysis of U.S. public pension funds suggests most invest prudently, even in volatile times.
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Defamation laws haven't caught up with today's InternetRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Matthew Albaugh
What are the legal repercussions against Web sites that allow defamatory comments to be posted on them?
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Communities making tough choices will be better offRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Mike Hicks
During the coming weeks, a number of Indiana cities and counties will be coming to terms with their new budget realities.
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$40M prison work program helps inmates, businessesRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Whitney Lee

If you've ever cooked a hamburger over a grill at Shakamak State Park, sat in a hospital waiting room chair, or sipped from a water fountain, you may have used products made by Indiana convicts. Although offender work programs have been around since the 1920s, most Hoosiers know little about the Indiana Department of Correction's prison-based industries, which generate $40 million a year in revenue.

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Billions lost in state pension-fund falloutRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana's public pensions lost $5 billion in the 12 months ending Sept. 30.
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Time to snuff out public smokingRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The Indiana General Assembly should pass a bill into law that bans smoking in public places.
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Let's limit campaigns to public fundsRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The only way more ideas, more candidates, more party platforms can gain any traction, any consideration by the public at large, would be for all political parties to receive, and run only on public funds.
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Kenley to lead GOP budget negotiationsRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
In the wake of the 2008 election, State Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, has been promoted. to chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, which oversees the state budget.
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Indiana's new superintendent of public instruction ready to tackle challengesRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Scott Olson
Tony Bennett, Indiana's new superintendent of public instruction, says his priorities include restoring discipline to the classroom, recruiting topnotch teachers and adequately compensating them, increasing the percentage of education dollars spent directly on instruction, and reducing regulations so schools can focus more on student instruction.
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Budget cuts threaten local economic data analysisRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Morton Marcus
Budget cuts could eliminate programs that gather and analyze local and state economic data. This would hurt businesses and economic development officials, since they would not have the data that helps them see how their market differs from the state and the nation.
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Could Mitch Daniels run for prez in 2012?Restricted Content

November 17, 2008
Could Gov. Mitch Daniels run for president in 2012?
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Fed's TARP changes adding to anxietiesRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Ken Skarbeck
Experts with the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the government's financial bailout program, are struggling to figure out how best to relieve America's financial mess.
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Changes in public policy don't get at root of povertyRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Mike Hicks
The fixes for poverty, and low-wage workers, are hard, deliberate and done family by family. This is why the cost of the welfare program reforms implemented in 1996 didn't plummet with lower enrollment.
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Cultural Development Commission may lose millions used to promote Indianapolis artRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Kathleen McLaughlin
A commission that has drawn $12.5 million in grants and public money to promote Indianapolis' artistic side is awaiting word on its future.
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