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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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ACLU fires lawsuit at city on behalf of panhandlers

August 16, 2013
Jeff Newman
The suit, filed Friday, says four plaintiffs were soliciting donations downtown within the past week when they were asked by city police to cease the activity and leave the area. The plaintiffs were not violating the city’s existing panhandling ordinance, the lawsuit says.
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Broad Ripple apartment project gets preliminary approval

August 15, 2013
Scott Olson
The controversial residential-and-retail development along the Central Canal got the nod from a city hearing examiner on Thursday. A zoning change and variances for the project still require additional approval.
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City plans to borrow $135M for Rebuild Indy

August 15, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
City officials said Thursday that they intend to spend $350 million over the next three years to improve streets, sidewalks, trails and bridges. More than a third would come from a proposed bond issue.
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Well woes blamed on new Indianapolis sports park

August 14, 2013
Associated Press
Some Indianapolis residents living near where the World Sports Park is being built say its new irrigation system is sucking their home water wells dry.
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Anderson Speedway fights bill for overdue taxes

August 1, 2013
Associated Press
Madison County officials say the company that owns the race track owes $125,000 in overdue property taxes. The Speedway believes it has been charged too much.
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DEGARIS: Ballard’s cricket plan makes good business senseRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Larry DeGaris / Special to IBJ
The mayor’s $6 million plan to renovate an east-side park to accommodate cricket, rugby, hurling and lacrosse has generated a lot of controversy, with the idea of cricket in Indianapolis receiving particularly close scrutiny.
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HENEGAR: Proposed panhandling ban appears unconstitutionalRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Jane Henegar / Special to IBJ
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana believes in the power of the First Amendment to give the powerless a voice. Our constitutional right to free expression allows us to confront our greatest challenges, including poverty and homelessness.
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Mayor's redistricting plan shot down by judicial panel

July 17, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
In a 3-2 decision issued Wednesday, three Democratic judges ruled to strike down the map and redraw new districts. Two Republican judges said the district map should stay.
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Developer F&C's 'bold statement' could finally solve MSA puzzle

July 16, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin, Scott Olson
City incentives and a strong apartment market suggest Flaherty & Collins’ proposed $81 million, 28-story downtown apartment tower has a better chance of getting built than two previous attempts to redevelop the former site of Market Square Arena.
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City expected to tap Flaherty & Collins for former MSA site

July 15, 2013
Scott Olson, Cory Schouten
The prolific local developer Flaherty & Collins Properties is expected to land a deal with the city to build a residential and commercial skyscraper on part of the former home of Market Square Arena, multiple sources said Monday evening.
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City set to unveil Market Square project plans

July 15, 2013
Scott Olson
City officials will reveal the winner Tuesday morning from six teams that bid on redeveloping the downtown site. All proposed mixed-use projects, but they ranged in size from eight to 52 stories.
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Westfield's sports plan is grand

July 13, 2013
Jeff Newman
When it opens next spring, the aptly named Grand Park Sports Campus will be the largest youth sports complex of its kind in the country.
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Shelbyville sees spark of revival downtownRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A homegrown revival in Shelbyville could gain serious momentum with redevelopment of the vacant First Methodist Building, one of the most prominent buildings on the circle. A California investor bought the five-story building in May and plans a $3.5 million renovation.
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Public safety department looks to go hybrid on 1,035 cars

July 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety could save $8.6 million over the next five years by replacing 1,035 non-patrol vehicles with plug-in electric hybrids, according to an internal review released Tuesday.
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Indianapolis to beef up police presence on streets

July 7, 2013
Associated Press
More than 100 uniformed police officers will be deployed within weeks on Indianapolis' streets to combat a rise in violent crime, under a plan unveiled by the mayor and other city officials.
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Indianapolis aims to become top center for cricket

July 4, 2013
Associated Press
The Midwestern city best known for its basketball and auto racing is gearing up for a proper game of cricket — the ball-and-bat sport most Americans know only from British films or by surfing through international sports channels.
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City proposes historic district for Monument Circle and nearby area

July 1, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission is proposing to take under its jurisdiction 90 buildings on and near the Circle, giving the city stricter control over signage and other changes to building exteriors.
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Issuers of bonds burned by rate hikeRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Government entities across Indiana have spent the past two years refinancing every possible bond to take advantage of historically low rates, but the savings might not be so easy to come by if rates continue to rise.
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Fishers plans $3M park with zip line, sledding hill

June 26, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Town officials are working to transform 80 acres of suburban farmland east of Geist Reservoir into a destination-worthy park with adventure options for bikers, hikers, sledders and anglers.
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Hostess prepares to open plant despite tax-break question

June 25, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Hostess Brands LLC has asked the city for a tax abatement on $10 million in new equipment. City officials might decide on July 3, but Hostess is moving ahead with its plans to reopen the plant that closed in November.
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Ballard veto hints at plan to increase police on streets

June 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Instead of freeing up $6 million in Rebuild Indy funds for new recruits, city officials will soon debut a plan to move 100 officers from desk jobs to patrol, according to the mayor.
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City to review tax breaks for five tech firms

June 20, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The biotech and technology companies could see their Marion County tax abatements reduced or cancelled if officials decide they didn't fulfill promises on new investment and hiring.
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Seiwert to rejoin city as corporation counsel

June 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Andrew Seiwert, who twice has served as associate corporation counsel for Indianapolis, will succeed Samantha Karn as she takes a position with the University of Indianapolis.
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Fishers' first mayoral election set for next year

June 18, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Fishers residents will elect their first mayor a year earlier than expected due to a change in state law that establishes Jan. 1, 2015, as the date the town becomes a city.
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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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