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Schools decry funding disparity in lawsuit

February 24, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern will see its per-pupil spending of $5,000 drop about $100 in 2010 despite a projected 900-student increase, the lawsuit says. Indianapolis Public Schools, which has lost more than 1,000 students a year for the last five years, will receive $7,500 per student in 2010.
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House approves smoking ban in public places

February 23, 2010
Associated Press
The House has approved legislation that would ban smoking in public places statewide except casinos and pari-mutuel horse racing venues.
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IU fund-raising campaign meant to expand IUPUI, life sciences

February 23, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana University's president says IU this fall will launch a $1.1 billion fund-raising campaign aimed at expanding the IUPUI campus' life science programs.
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Brookfield after 30-percent stake in General Growth, source says

February 23, 2010
Bloomberg News
The plan by Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management would give General Growth Properties a higher valuation than a $10 billion takeover bid by Simon Property Group.
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IU, Purdue try to preserve research despite budget cuts

February 23, 2010
J.K. Wall
The president of each school will update budget-cutting progress in state-of-the-university speeches Tuesday.
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Medco profit rises as mail-order generics business grows

February 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The pharmacy benefits manager, which has major operations in Whitestown, said fourth quarter profit rose 24 percent.
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Moongate Technologies acquired by Michigan firm

February 23, 2010
Local computer consultant will become part of Dewpoint Inc., upon completion of the acquisition, and will move to Dewpoint's Carmel office, which already has about a dozen employees.
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Resource Commercial Real Estate pursuing Colliers flag

February 23, 2010
Cory Schouten
Resource Commercial Real Estate is one of a handful of local real estate brokerage firms angling to take over an affiliation with Colliers International.
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State launches Internet-based relocation tool

February 23, 2010
The Indiana Economic Development Corp.'s new Web site and buildings database, powered by a geographic information system, will provide access to real estate and demographic information.
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Brightpoint receives foreign trade zone status

February 23, 2010
Granting of foreign trade zone status should help the Indianapolis-based mobile device distributor be more competitive in the global wireless market, company executive says.
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Lilly, Merck, Pfizer starting research center

February 23, 2010
Associated Press
Three major U.S. drugmakers said they have formed a not-for-profit company in Asia to focus on cancer research and treatments.
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Growing Indiana schools districts suing over funding

February 23, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern, Franklin Township and Middlebury Community Schools of Elkhart County say the school-funding formula unfairly penalizes districts with growing enrollments.
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Report: Brookfield plans bid for Simon target General Growth

February 23, 2010
Bloomberg News
Brookfield Asset Management Inc. plans to bid for a stake in General Growth Properties Inc., beating an offer by Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. for the bankrupt shopping mall owner, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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Receiver: Insolvent Hansen & Horn should be liquidated

February 22, 2010
Scott Olson
The troubled home builder's $14.5 million in liabilities are twice as much as its assets, receiver tells Marion County judge, who takes the recommendation under advisement.
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WellPoint gets tax delay in Obama health plan

February 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Insurers WellPoint Inc. and others would get a delay in taxes on premiums and high-cost medical benefits, along with additional funding for expanding Medicaid, under a White House proposal
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Obama endorses new taxes, more drugmaker fees

February 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Obama, seeking to break an impasse over health-care legislation, proposes a plan that includes the first Medicare tax on unearned income such as capital gains and higher fees on drugmakers.
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Daniels opens door on 2012 presidential campaign

February 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
After years of denying interest in a presidential bid, Indiana governor tells Washington Post political writer he may consider bid for Republican nomination on platform of fiscal responsibility.
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Insurers warn of problems with federal regulator

February 22, 2010
Associated Press
President Obama's latest push for a health care overhaul could drive health plans around the country into insolvency, according to an insurance trade group.
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Some Indianapolis charters see financial position weaken

February 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
Mayor's report shows smaller cash reserves for many schools, but one charter operator blames late government payments.
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Metro-area home sales plummet

February 22, 2010
January home sales in the nine-county Indianapolis area fell 16.5 percent from the same month last year, according to a report from Re/Max of Indiana. But the housing news wasn't all bad. The average price of a home in the area jumped 12.1 percent.
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White River Capital sees jump in quarterly profit

February 22, 2010
White River Capital's profit rose in the fourth quarter, due largely to a strong performance by its main subsidiary, Coastal Credit LLC.
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Rolls-Royce snares military helicopter contract

February 22, 2010
Rolls-Royce Corp.'s Indianapolis manufacturing facility has been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract by the U.S. Army to develop a digital engine control for one of its helicopters.
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Bayh's war chest could play role in Senate race

February 22, 2010
Associated Press
Bayh, who announced last week that he would not seek a third term in the Senate, has wide legal flexibility in directing the $12.2 million left in his campaign account.
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Young & Laramore wins back Stanley Steemer account

February 20, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis’ largest ad agency has achieved a rare coup in the advertising world, winning back one of its biggest former clients: flooring and upholstery cleaning firm Stanley Steemer.
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Ballard's high-risk IT project could save millions - or flop

February 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has decided to overhaul the city's and county's 1970s-era financial IT systems—a move that could cement his reputation for improving government efficiency. But the upgrade also is fraught with risk.
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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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