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Pence signs measure overhauling Marion County government

May 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Saturday signed a bill into law that reshapes Marion County government through the elimination of four at-large City-County Council seats and other changes.
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Development may spawn TIF tug of warRestricted Content

May 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The developer of a $17 million mixed-use project proposed for Broad Ripple is expected to seek a city subsidy—support that at least one City-County councilor believes should be reserved for neighborhoods starved for investment farther south.
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Airport drops case to fend off private parking operator

May 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The airport's decision comes as a bipartisan group of City-County Councilors backed a resolution asking airport authority to drop its case against Midwest Logistics Partners, owner of the Ameriplex business park south of the airport.
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Indy Parks, county assessor poised for budget cuts

May 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Two ordinances that would reduce the Indianapolis budget by $1.6 million will be introduced to the City-County Council on Monday. The largest cuts will come from the Marion County Assessor's office, the parks department and mayor's office.
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City code enforcement rethinks rental housing strategy

May 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis is reconsidering plans for cracking down on negligent landlords through a rental-housing registry after the Legislature enacted a one-year moratorium on new fees.
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Developer shelves plan to buy city land, build Meijer

May 6, 2013
Scott Olson
Opus Development Corp.'s proposal for the project north of downtown included buying and bulldozing dozens of historic homes in the Flanner House neighborhood.
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Young aggravates colleagues, puts stamp on Marion CountyRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
State Senator from Speedway plays outsized role in shaping policy for Indianapolis.
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Ballard taps government veteran as controller

May 2, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Jason Dudich is already familiar with the financial workings of the city. He was Ballard's budget director and deputy controller from February 2008 to August 2010.
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Indianapolis to boost businesses owned by disabled

May 2, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The companies could get a greater share of business from city and county contracts under a proposal signed into law Thursday by Mayor Greg Ballard.
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Residents decry Fortville's big annexation plans as land grab

April 29, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Property owners southeast of Geist Reservoir are vowing to fight involuntary annexation of a 9-square-mile area by the town of Fortville, which would add $53.5 million to its property tax base.
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Councilors poised to ban criminal-history questionRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Democratic City-County Councilor Vop Osili said he expects to draft a “ban the box” ordinance this spring or summer.
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Mass Ave business owners split over proposed district tax

April 24, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Opponents of a proposed tax to pay for improvements throughout the cultural district have accused tax advocates of rigging the proposal to ensure its passage.
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Mayor Ballard joins infrastructure task forceRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is among 17 mayors of large U.S. cities that joined a new infrastructure task force convened by the Clinton Global Initiative.
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Mayor drops plan to privatize City-County Building

April 17, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
City rejects proposals from four private-sector real estate teams and signs a 10-year lease extension with the existing building manager.
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Food trucks find patchwork of rules in northern suburbs

April 13, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
As the food truck industry heats up in Indianapolis, leaders of its fast-growing northern suburbs are starting to rewrite the rules of the road.
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Passage to India: Ballard leading weeklong trade trip

April 12, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis delegation will hit the cities of Hyderabad and New Delhi. Visits will focus on information technology, life sciences, and research groups, organizers said.
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Indianapolis controller leaving for education group

April 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city will lose its controller a few months before the 2014 budget is due to be presented to the City-County Council.
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City struggles to close gap on $30M in budget cuts

April 8, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis leaders made a pact to cut 5 percent from the already-adopted 2013 budget, but the reality might prove too difficult to stomach.
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As city budget tightens, Center Township trustee has money to burn

April 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
IBJ SPECIAL REPORT: Center Township lowered its bank balance in 2012, to $6.7 million, but the biggest checks Trustee Eugene Akers wrote weren't for emergency needs like food or shelter, the township’s main mission.
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Tough times didn't spur spike in poor relief

April 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Heading into the 2008 recession, Center Township sat on $10.5 million in cash, but sky-high unemployment and rising poverty over the next four years failed to drain those funds, and the disconnect persists in several area townships.
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Mayor Ballard accepts fate of mass-transit billRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard sat out an April 2 hearing on mass transit because he knew the issue would be shifted to the Legislature’s back burner.
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RACE: Zoning overhaul might not go far enoughRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Indy Rezone won't change the city's timid approach to planning.
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State audit finds Beech Grove finances in disarray

March 12, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Dennis Buckley requested the audit in March 2012 after uncovering a range of problems, including missing files and delinquent loans in the Main Street program.
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Land bank bill likely heading for study committee

March 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, said his bill on land banks may have tried to tackle too many issues involving abandoned housing, including Indiana’s tax-sale process.
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Ballard plans to strengthen panhandling ordinance

March 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wants to ban all forms of panhandling in the city's busiest downtown area following long-running complaints from convention officials and city boosters about people begging for money along downtown streets.
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  1. "This was a very localized, Indiana issue," he said. As in, Indiana failed to expand Medicaid to cover its poor citizens resulting in the loss of essential medical services, including this EMS company. Well done, Indiana GOP. Here are the real death panels: GOP state governments who refuse to expand Medicaid for political reasons.

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  5. How did Columbus, Ohio pull off a car share service without a single dollar of public subsidies? They must not have a mayor who is on the take like Indianapolis. Daimler Benz offers Columbus residents their Smart Cars on a market-driven basis: "This has some neat features. Cars don’t have to be picked up and dropped off at fixed points. You find one with your smart phone based on GPS, and drop it off anywhere in the service area you can find a spot – even at a meter. These cars aren’t required to feed the meter so you get free on street parking while using them. I was told this system was put in place on a market basis without subsidies – and that the vendor actually pays the city for the use of the meters." http://www.urbanophile.com/2014/05/26/checking-in-on-columbus/

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