Greg Ballard

New judicial center would set off an office exodus downtown

August 9, 2014
Scott Olson
New justice center would clear swaths of offices, raising vacancy rates at a time when the market is struggling.
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$500M Indy justice center relies on novel funding

August 9, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city will pay an annual fee to a private-sector consortium that will design, build, finance, maintain and operate the facility. According to the Ballard administration, the project won’t require a tax hike.
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City’s Covanta deal discourages rival recycling programs

August 4, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Details of a pending recycling deal with Covanta are emerging. Under the pact, the city of Indianapolis would face financial penalties if it launches other recycling programs.
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Ballard proposes $50M preschool program as part of crime initiative

July 30, 2014
J.K. Wall
Mayor Greg Ballard on Wednesday proposed a 5-year program to pay for preschool for 4-year-olds from low-income families. He also floated hiring another 280 police officers. The cost to the average household would be $86 per year.
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Leaders navigate politics of infrastructure repairs

June 28, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis doesn’t have a long-term street paving plan, and as political leaders look to spend at least $300 million more on infrastructure, the city appears more vulnerable than its peers to partisan bickering.
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Longtime councilor Brown to leave office

June 16, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Democrat Vernon Brown, a key opponent of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s infrastructure-spending plan, said he plans to resign from the City-County Council this summer.
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City recycling deal would boost incinerator's profitsRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
As IBJ was first to report on June 9, Mayor Greg Ballard is contemplating a new, 10-year contract with Covanta, which already is set to receive the city’s waste through 2018.
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Coalition fights Ballard plan to shake up curbside recycling

June 9, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Incinerator operator Covanta is close to announcing a proposal to build a $40 million material recovery facility in Indianapolis. Recycling industry leaders oppose the plan.
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Indy parks embark on $8 million in upgrades

May 27, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation on Tuesday announced a plan to improve 16 parks in Marion County, including the renovation or creation of playgrounds, trails, basketball courts and restrooms.
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Aging suburbs facing long road backRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Poverty is encroaching on the outer townships of Marion County, adding to their handicap in the competition with doughnut counties, where houses are newer, and sidewalks, sewer connections and bike paths come standard.
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Cricket-association turmoil imperils local eventRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Turmoil within the USA Cricket Association could jeopardize the organization’s national championship set for Indianapolis’ new World Sports Park in August, though local officials remain confident the event will happen.
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Brokers fear criminal justice complex could harm downtown

April 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
City officials and real estate professionals debated on Thursday the pain from moving jails, courts and other criminal justice functions to a proposed complex outside of downtown.
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UPDATE: Mayor picks GM site for criminal justice complex

March 13, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard will recommend that a proposed criminal justice complex be located on the former GM stamping plant on the western side of downtown—not the airport property that ranked highest in a market study.
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High school/college blend charter pitched by mayorRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wants to launch a new kind of charter school that would allow students to earn both high school and college credentials in fields with lots of jobs and good wages.
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Ballard outlines list of initiatives in annual 'state of' address

February 27, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, in his annual State of the City address Thursday night, went through a checklist of potential projects while exhorting citizens to become ambassadors for the city.
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Proposed criminal justice complex draws five bidders

February 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
In the meantime, city officials are arranging to meet with lawyers, judges and residents who are concerned about moving jails and courts from downtown's core.
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Prominent criminal lawyer: Airport site for complex 'cannot work'

February 12, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
A spokesman for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said the airport site hasn’t officially been selected, although it did score highest among sites the city evaluated.
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Mass-transit bill clears Senate committee, with changes

January 28, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A mass-transit bill for metro Indianapolis cleared a key Senate committee Tuesday morning, but left open many questions about how such a system would be funded. An amendment to the bill nixed the use of light rail.
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Ballard, Curry split on gun-violence billRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry opposes a measure that would create a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence for crimes committed with a firearm. Mayor Greg Ballard and his public safety director support it.
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Mayor raises travel emergency level in Indy to 'red'

January 5, 2014
Associated Press
The level makes it illegal for anyone other than emergency personnel to drive except for emergency purposes or if they are seeking shelter. It's the first time Indianapolis has issued such a warning since the 1978 blizzard.
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Veteran-owned business push lags goalRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Dan Human
A city program to help veteran-owned businesses fell short of its goal for its first three years, and it looks like the fourth will be the same.
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Ballard adds name to council's marriage resolution

November 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
City-County Resolution 354, co-sponsored by Democrats John Barth, Angela Mansfield and Zach Adamson, and Republican Benjamin Hunter, will be voted on by the full council Monday.
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City officials aim to build on momentum for cyclingRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis has become a more bike-friendly city, and city planners are looking to ensure the progress continues. The Metropolitan Development Commission will vote Oct. 16 on a bicycle master plan that lays out a host of educational and policy initiatives to encourage two-wheeled transportation.
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Indy council Democrats pitch budget alternative

September 23, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
City-County Council Democrats are pitching a 2014 budget alternative that would close an $8-million gap left by the majority party's refusal to go along with Mayor Greg Ballard on eliminating the homestead tax credit.
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Ballard again targets homestead credit in latest budget proposal

August 16, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard will introduce a $1 billion budget for 2014 Monday night that chops the Marion County Sheriff’s spending and once again hinges on a complicated reshuffling of tax revenue.
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  1. You are correct that Obamacare requires health insurance policies to include richer benefits and protects patients who get sick. That's what I was getting at when I wrote above, "That’s because Obamacare required insurers to take all customers, regardless of their health status, and also established a floor on how skimpy the benefits paid for by health plans could be." I think it's vital to know exactly how much the essential health benefits are costing over previous policies. Unless we know the cost of the law, we can't do a cost-benefit analysis. Taxes were raised in order to offset a 31% rise in health insurance premiums, an increase that paid for richer benefits. Are those richer benefits worth that much or not? That's the question we need to answer. This study at least gets us started on doing so.

  2. *5 employees per floor. Either way its ridiculous.

  3. Jim, thanks for always ready my stuff and providing thoughtful comments. I am sure that someone more familiar with research design and methods could take issue with Kowalski's study. I thought it was of considerable value, however, because so far we have been crediting Obamacare for all the gains in coverage and all price increases, neither of which is entirely fair. This is at least a rigorous attempt to sort things out. Maybe a quixotic attempt, but it's one of the first ones I've seen try to do it in a sophisticated way.

  4. In addition to rewriting history, the paper (or at least your summary of it) ignores that Obamacare policies now must provide "essential health benefits". Maybe Mr Wall has always been insured in a group plan but even group plans had holes you could drive a truck through, like the Colts defensive line last night. Individual plans were even worse. So, when you come up with a study that factors that in, let me know, otherwise the numbers are garbage.

  5. You guys are absolutely right: Cummins should build a massive 80-story high rise, and give each employee 5 floors. Or, I suppose they could always rent out the top floors if they wanted, since downtown office space is bursting at the seams (http://www.ibj.com/article?articleId=49481).

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