Local Government

Mind Trust calls for decentralizing IPS district

December 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
By gutting its central office, Indianapolis Public Schools could free up $188 million to provide universal preschool, to pay key teachers more than $100,000 a year and to transform itself into a network of autonomous “opportunity” schools.
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City avoids foreign brands in adding to its fleet of hybrid vehiclesRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Department of Public Works bought Ford Fusion hybrids after the purchase of Toyota's a few years ago stirred controversy.
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Waltons give $1 million to Mind Trust charter incubator

December 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
The $1 million grant from the Arkansas-based Walton Family Foundation will fund a team that will open its first charter school in the 2013-2014 school year as part of what the group hopes will become a network of high-performing charter schools.
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Celadon plans expansion, $3.4M office building

December 16, 2011
Scott Olson
Celadon Group Inc. is seeking tax abatements from the city to build a $3.4 million office building at its far-east-side headquarters. The local trucking firm plans to hire 100 more employees by 2016.
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City announces street closures for Super Bowl

December 15, 2011
Several streets in downtown Indianapolis, including part of Monument Circle and those surrounding Lucas Oil Stadium, will be closed in the few weeks leading up to the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
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Ten Hoosiers chosen for Georgia Street memorials

December 14, 2011
J.K. Wall
The honorees include business leaders, former U.S. presidents, famous novelists, a Shawnee chief and a feminist pioneer.
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City-County committee nixes tougher smoking ban

December 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The City-County Council's Rules and Public Policy Committee voted 6-2 Tuesday night against sending a tough smoking-ban proposal to a full council.
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Mayors back transit tax hike in Marion, Hamilton counties

December 13, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard say more local transit options are needed despite the steep cost. A ballot referendum would be required so voters could consider a 0.3-percent income-tax increase to pay for a $1.3 billion project.
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GOP brass opts not to battle townshipsRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Republican leaders in the General Assembly who have backed local government reform will trade ambitious proposals they’ve pursued in years past for more moderate—and widely accepted—ideas in the next legislative session.
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Rolls-Royce tax-incentives deal set for hearing

December 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
A plan to offer a 10-year tax abatement worth $23 million for Rolls-Royce Corp. to redevelop two plants on the west side and move thousands of office workers into downtown's Faris campus is scheduled for an initial hearing Wednesday.
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Indiana communities run into higher salt prices

December 4, 2011
Associated Press
Communities across Indiana could have less money to pave roads and fill potholes because of rising road salt costs.
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'Buy local' law to be tweakedRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
New requirement that local governments hire local bidders came under fire.
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Plowman receives 40-month federal sentence

December 1, 2011
Scott Olson
A federal judge on Thursday afternoon sentenced former City-County Councilor Lincoln Plowman to 40 months in prison for attempted extortion and bribery.
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Prosecutors recommend 6-1/2 years for Plowman

December 1, 2011
Scott Olson
The former City-County Councilor, convicted in September on federal bribery and attempted extortion charges, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday afternoon.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Council prez takes 11th-hour run at ban, redistricting

November 30, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Vaughn_watch VideoWhy is Ryan Vaughn ending his tenure as City-County Council president with two hot-button proposals? Can he get the votes for a stronger smoking ban? How does he react to a call for his removal?
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Passengers likely would shoulder chunk of transit system costsRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Federal transit data suggests passenger fares would generate about one-fourth of the money needed to operate a suburban rail and expanded bus system proposed for the region.
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City-County Council Republican to propose tougher smoking ban

November 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The Republican president of the City-County Council in Indianapolis says his party plans to introduce an expanded smoking ban that would take effect before the Super Bowl.
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Homeless advocates pitch local sales-tax hike

November 15, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
CHIP, the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, said it wants Marion County taxpayers to create a permanent, dedicated source of funding for housing and services.
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U.S. high court takes Indianapolis sewer case

November 15, 2011
Michael W. Hoskins,  IBJ Staff
The Supreme Court of the United States agreed Monday to review a case that questions whether the city of Indianapolis violated the U.S. Constitution in how it handled refunds for residents who paid assessments on local sewer projects.
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City balks at Jack in the Box plans for Meridian Street siteRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Urban design guidelines prohibit new drive-throughs along Meridian or Pennsylvania streets in the downtown vicinity.
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New Republican councilor beat long odds

November 11, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Republican Jeff Miller's wife died three months before the Nov. 8 election, but he kept campaigning for City-County Council—and won in a district that leans Democratic against an incumbent.
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Outsider appeal, moderate stance helped Ballard win

November 9, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Mayor Greg Ballard maintained an appeal as a political outsider and moderate Republican that drew enough Democratic support to secure him a second term Tuesday, experts said.
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Mayoral roundup: Republicans dominate elections

November 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A Republican Party tally gives the GOP a 61-54 majority over Democrats among the state's mayor's offices — a shift from a 68-48 Democratic lead.
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Dems gain 16-13 edge on City-County Council

November 9, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Democrats won control of the Indianapolis City-County Council on Tuesday, capturing 16 of 29 seats and taking over the city’s legislative body for the first time since 2007.
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Ballard cruises to victory in bid for second term

November 8, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard won a second term Tuesday, pulling off a solid victory against Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy by claiming more than 51 percent of the vote.
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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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