Government

Study: Taxing services could yield state $6.8B

October 12, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The non-partisan Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute this morning released a new study exploring the ramifications of expanding the state's sales tax to include services.
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Securities firm Stifel Nicolaus balks at fraud charge

October 10, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Transactions cited in the complaint involved advisers scattered across the firm’s seven Indiana offices, though two-thirds were clients of Jeff Cohen.
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Grocery, housing projects could rejuvenate stretch of 16th Street

October 10, 2009
Cory Schouten
A troubled low-income housing project has a new owner with plans to redevelop the complex to better connect with the Herron Morton Place neighborhood. Next door, Kroger has revived efforts to acquire land and plan a new supermarket to replace a cramped, old-format location.
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Mayor seeks your suggestions

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The newly created Indy Ideas Web site and the Neighborhood Association Council are both intended to encourage participation in local government.
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Daniels warns of more cuts amid revenue declines

October 8, 2009
Scott Olson
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels warned Thursday morning that more state budget cuts could be forthcoming in light of a prolonged drop in tax collections. Indiana collected $3.3 billion in total revenue during the fiscal first quarter, 14 percent less than the same period last year.
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Controversial downtown project to get tax abatement

October 7, 2009
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission approved a 10-year tax abatement Wednesday afternoon for a controversial public-private plan to redevelop a vacant downtown office building.
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Senate bill doesn't fund Rolls-Royce jet engine

October 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The measure holds potential bad news for Indianapolis engine maker Rolls-Royce because it does not contain funding for a key jet engine the company produces, but lawmakers are expected to restore funding when the Senate and House combine bills into a final version.
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Council to hear plan for stricter smoking ban

October 5, 2009
Scott Olson
A proposal that would prevent smokers from lighting up in all indoor public places in Marion County is expected to meet fierce resistance from bar owners who oppose a stricter smoking ban.
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Overhaul of teacher training threatens college budgets

October 3, 2009
J.K. Wall
Proposed changes to teacher licensing rules are a threat in the eyes of most deans of Indiana’s colleges of education—both to the quality of teacher training and to the budgets of the colleges.
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City receives host of sale, privatization ideas for water, sewer utilitiesRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Officials grappling with a water utility deep in debt and a sewer infrastructure needing upwards of $2 billion in upgrades were swamped with proposals about how to fix the mess.
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Connersville progresses on Carbon Motors deal

October 2, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Connersville Mayor Leonard Urban says the city soon will clear legal and environmental hurdles that stand in the way of Carbon Motors’ launching its operations in the former Visteon plant.
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Indiana turns away booze-distribution heavyweight

September 19, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission has voted to deny liquor and wine permits for Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc., the nation’s largest liquor distributor, citing concerns over a track record of anti-competitive behavior.
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Greenwood merger would create one of state's largest cities

September 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The new city would count more than 80,000 residents. In terms of population, it would zoom past Fishers and Carmel to rank sixth or seventh in the state.
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NCAA, city haggle over Final Four rental dealRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A little more than six months before the 2010 NCAA men’s Final Four is set to tip off at Lucas Oil Stadium, the NCAA has not yet finalized a rental deal for the facility. While officials for the NCAA and Local Organizing Committee, the group charged with operating the event in Indianapolis, downplay any problems, sports business experts say it is unusual not to have an agreement pinned down in the months leading up to the event.
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FedEx trying to fend off reclassification of its workforce

September 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
FedEx brass have been trying to counter legislation pending in Congress being pushed by arch rival United Parcel Service and the Teamsters union.
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State's jobless rate dips, but decline could be temporary

September 18, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indiana's unemployment rate in August fell below double digits for the first time since April, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development said this morning, but the decline could just be a blip.
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Westfield makes smoking illegal in most public places

September 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Westfield City Council passed a smoking ban 7-0 last night that will prohibit smoking in most public places, including outdoor arenas, stadiums and amphitheaters.
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More layoffs, furloughs possible for cash-strapped CIB

September 14, 2009
Scott Olson
The financial condition of the city’s Capital Improvement Board, though improving, is still dire enough that employees of the Indiana Convention Center could be subjected to more unpaid furloughs or layoffs.
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Next year's State Fair to feature Japanese exhibit

September 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Japanese culture will be on display at the Indiana State Fair next year. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced today, while traveling on a economic development mission in Japan, that the Asian country will be featured in its own exhibit at the fair for the first time in 2010.
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City's cash-strapped parks turn to private sector for ideas, manpower

September 12, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Mayor Greg Ballard's administration has asked the businesses for ideas on
                     how Eagle Creek Park and Riverside Regional Park each could cut costs and generate more revenue.
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Indiana expects jobless fund troubles until 2015

September 9, 2009
Associated Press
Indiana officials say it will take longer to resolve the state's bankrupt unemployment insurance fund's funding troubles than projected when a law designed to start fixing the system was enacted in April.
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Deals from China trip unlikely to come right away, official says

September 9, 2009
Scott Olson
Don't expect the contingent traveling with Gov. Mitch Daniels on his 10-day trade mission to China and Japan to return to Indiana with a major commitment from an Asian company.
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Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute seeks comebackRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute’s board has hired Indianapolis Star business columnist John Ketzenberger to engineer a resuscitation.
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Star biz columnist leaving to lead Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute

September 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Star business columnist John Ketzenberger is leaving the newspaper to become president of the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute, the organization said today.
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Black engineers group chooses city for 2013 convention

September 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association said today the National Society of Black Engineers will hold its annual convention here in March 2013.
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