Income taxes

States could be expanding wealth gap with tax policies

June 5, 2014
Associated Press
Politicians in Indiana and other states hope tax cuts for businesses will boost their economies, but those and other moves could be contributing to the income gap limiting growth in U.S. consumer spending.
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Law firms fight 'onerous' tax shift for service businesses

April 10, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The proposed switch in accounting methods could create cash-flow nightmares for medical-service providers, accounting, engineering, consulting and other professional-services companies with revenue over $10 million.
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Deal on mass-transit legislation headed for vote

March 12, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The compromise language does not include a provision to establish a light-rail system or an increase in corporate taxes. However, the legislation would still allow for an increase in individual income taxes pending voter approval.
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Same-sex marriage tax benefits nixed by Senate

March 4, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers voted to change a tax bill Monday, a move allowing the state to keep its current policy, which does not recognize same-sex marriages for tax purposes.
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House committee mulls corporate contribution to mass transit

February 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana House Ways and Means Committee is expected to vote Monday on a mass-transit bill and is considering an amendment that would require 10 percent of revenue to come from non-traditional sources.
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Mayor wants to lure high-earners to boost income-tax baseRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard's chief deputy has spent the past six months telling community and business leaders that the city simply cannot cut its way out of its revenue problems; it also needs to attract more people to live within city boundaries so they will pay their income tax to Indianapolis.
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Indy Chamber proposes commuter taxRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indy Chamber is making the case for a commuter tax, arguing that it’s the best way to solve continual fiscal problems threatening to make Marion County, thus the whole metro area, less competitive.
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State revamps its revenue forecasting after big miss

January 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Growing ranks of dropout workers have nagged the economy throughout its recovery, and now Indiana’s budget forecasters feel they can’t ignore the trend. They recently revised their outlook on state revenue downward, partly because so many Hoosiers stopped looking for jobs.
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Senate bill seeks to cut corporate income and property taxes

January 9, 2014
Olivia Covington,  The Statehouse File
The proposal from Republican leaders would make small companies exempt from tax on business equipment, and cleave the state's corporate income tax to the second-lowest in the nation.
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Reagan's supply-side guru to address accountants in Indy

November 1, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Arthur Laffer is reviled by the big-government crowd for blaming high tax rates for slow economic growth. He'll discuss his cautionary tale for states while in Indianapolis next week.
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Legislators collide over regional mass-transit plan

September 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
During a committee meeting Tuesday, Sen. Brent Waltz and Rep. Ed DeLaney crossed swords on a proposal that included widening roads and reforming the IndyGo bus service.
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City officials mull income tax hike to add police officersRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Facing pressure to boost the police force and avoid further cuts in city services, Indianapolis leaders head into the next budget season with open minds about a tax increase.
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Budget includes tax cut, more school, road funds

April 25, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana taxpayers will see their personal income tax rate reduced by 5 percent over the next four years under a budget plan agreed to Thursday by lawmakers. The plan also repeals the inheritance tax retroactive to Jan. 1.
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Pence makes final plea for tax cut in budget

April 17, 2013
Associated Press
While arguing for a 10-percent cut in the state's income tax, Pence also said he would like to see a quicker phase-out of the state's inheritance tax.
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Revenue forecast could swing Pence's tax-cut hopes

April 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The state revenue forecast due out April 16 will influence the next two-year budget and possibly help Gov. Mike Pence sell lawmakers on his proposed 10-percent income-tax cut. Experts predict the numbers won't be much different from those in the last forecast.
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Senate budget pushes highway expansion, small tax cuts

April 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers and Gov. Mike Pence drew closer to a budget compromise Thursday with the unveiling of a $30 billion Senate plan that cuts the state income tax by $150 million and establishes a new roads fund.
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Bosma faults tea party group, Pence for tax-cut woes

March 21, 2013
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma says a national tea party group's "erroneous" campaign ads have made it harder for lawmakers to support Gov. Mike Pence's proposal to cut Indiana's income tax by 10 percent.
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Kenley drops out as sponsor of mass-transit bill

March 19, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Already skeptical of a mass-transit plan for the Indianapolis metro area, influential Sen. Luke Kenley said he decided it was inappropriate to be listed as a sponsor without giving the bill his unqualified support.
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Pence moves outside Indy to find tax cut support

February 27, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is taking his pitch for a 10-percent cut in the personal income tax around the state after failing to lock down support for his signature legislative priority inside the Statehouse.
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House advances central Indiana transit measure

February 25, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House has signed off on a measure that would let local residents vote for higher taxes to pay for a $1.3 billion expansion of the public transportation system.
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GOP House blocks Dems' push for Pence tax-cut vote

February 21, 2013
Associated Press
House Republicans blocked a vote Thursday on Gov. Mike Pence's proposed tax cut, fending off — at least for now — an attempt by Democrats to force them into the awkward position of rejecting one of the new GOP governor's top legislative priorities.
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Tax break would barely put dent in Speedway's to-do listRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will need far more money than it will get from a proposed state tax subsidy if it hopes to be in the top tier of U.S. racing venues, sports business experts said.
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Indiana taxpayers to see $111 credit from surplus

November 21, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana taxpayers will receive a $111 credit on their state income tax returns next year as the state distributes part of its budget surplus. The credit will be $222 for couples filing joint returns.
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State's local income tax system isn't keeping up with demandRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
A report by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute and Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute recommends streamlining the system.
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Report backs simpler Indiana local tax system

November 13, 2012
Associated Press
A new report on Indiana's local income taxes urges state legislators to simplify a system that has seven types of taxes and a two-year lag before the money collected by the state is distributed to local governments.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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