Public policy

Dems look to downtown funds for Rebuild Indy alternative

June 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
City-County Council Democrats on Wednesday morning unveiled an alternative to the mayor's infrastructure-spending plan. It would involve less borrowing and use money in the downtown TIF fund.
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Shine comes off privatization for state projects

May 26, 2014
Associated Press
New approaches to privatization have forced officials in Indiana and Illinois to rethink their funding plans for the 47-mile Illiana Expressway.
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City to consider $7.7M bond issue to assist Broad Ripple project

March 18, 2014
Scott Olson
Browning Investments Inc. says that it is seeking $5.7 million from the bond issue to help finance Canal Pointe, its controversial $30 million apartments-and-retail project.
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Sen. Delph wants last-ditch edit to gay-marriage amendment

February 17, 2014
 The Statehouse File
After an extended Twitter tirade over the weekend stemming from a Senate move stalling the amendment, Sen. Mike Delph on Monday pledged to use a procedural maneuver to resurrect deleted language.
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Report: Ditching business property tax shifts burden to others

December 26, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Gov. Mike Pence's plan to eliminate the tax on business equipment would mean significantly higher taxes for other property owners if the state took no specific action to protect them, according to a new analysis.
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IBJ rolls out politics website

November 6, 2013
Staff Report
The central Indiana business news authority has elevated the idea behind its popular Forefront section and created a website similarly focused on commentary about politics, policy and government.
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GOP powerbrokers crafted Indiana education policy, emails show

September 1, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana education overhaul associated with Tony Bennett and then-Gov. Mitch Daniels actually was crafted in private by a handful of state GOP bigwigs, including Al Hubbard, Mark Miles and Mark Lubbers, according to emails obtained by the Associated Press. Elected officials weren't included for months.
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Firms unravel implications of same-sex court rulingRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
Dan Human
Judges have spoken and people have celebrated, but human resources departments remain confounded on what will change for their companies with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.
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Legislators struggle to nail down cost of health care expansion

February 24, 2013
Associated Press
The cost of health care for an additional 400,000 low income residents is something nobody in the Indiana Statehouse seems to be able to agree upon this year, even as the crucial decision about whether to expand Medicaid bears down on lawmakers midway through their annual session.
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Michigan's right-to-work law could change Indiana's economic development pitchRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Dan Human
As the controversial provision spreads to other states in the region, Indiana is likely to give more weight to its other selling points.
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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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Gregg goes on attack in 2nd gubernatorial debate

October 17, 2012
Associated Press
Democrat John Gregg got personal Wednesday during the second Indiana gubernatorial debate, saying he took "great offense" at Republican Mike Pence's plans to promote traditional families, which Gregg said would ignore single parents such as himself.
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Indiana House GOP makes no guarantees on tax cuts

October 4, 2012
Associated Press
Tax cuts being pushed by gubernatorial candidates are hardly guaranteed a rubber stamp from lawmakers, and a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage could win quick approval next year, Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said Thursday.
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Former IU Health exec joining Bose Public Affairs

October 2, 2012
Sam Odle, who retired from Indiana University Health in July as chief operating officer, is joining the local lobbying firm as a senior policy adviser, representing clients in the health care and life sciences sectors.
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GOP's Pence promotes marriage to curb poverty

September 18, 2012
Associated Press
Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence said Tuesday that marriage is the best route for breaking children out of the cycle of poverty and called on regulators to think about whether policies promote or dissuade marriage.
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Indiana Senate panel backs fines on access violators

January 25, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee has endorsed allowing fines against government officials found to have blatantly violated the state's open meetings or open record laws.
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Unions air TV and radio ads targeting right-to-work lawsRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The ads encouraging Hoosiers to ask lawmakers to oppose the controversial legislation are paid for by Indiana's AFL-CIO.
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Group plans another push for Sunday alcohol sales

December 14, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
A coalition of convenience and grocery stores said Wednesday that they will renew their push for Sunday carry-out alcohol sales and cold sales of beer, but with a twist.
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Study: State loses millions annually in online sales taxes

November 22, 2011
Scott Olson
The report from the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute says the state loses $40 million to $114 million every year in sales tax revenue from sales to online retailers such as Amazon.
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Abortion showdown looms for Indiana

June 5, 2011
Associated Press
The willingness of Indiana to challenge the federal government and risk a huge financial penalty could take the issue into uncharted legal and political territory.
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Indiana Senate backs pulling Planned Parenthood money

April 18, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate voted Monday to prohibit any state contracts or grants with Planned Parenthood or other organizations that provide abortions.
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Illinois House votes to lift smoking ban at casinos

March 29, 2011
Associated Press
Tom Swoik, executive director of Illinois Casino Gaming Association, said gambling revenue has dropped 32 percent since the state's smoking ban was approved. He said the ban has cost state government about $800 million in taxes.
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Indiana Senate OKs contentious immigration bill

February 22, 2011
Associated Press
The Republican-ruled Senate voted 31-18 Tuesday for the bill, which contains penalties for businesses that hire illegal immigrants and allows police officers to ask someone for proof of immigration status if they have a reasonable suspicion the person is in the country illegally.
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Democratic lawmakers leave Indiana, block labor bill

February 22, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House Democrats took a page from the playbook of their counterparts in Wisconsin on Tuesday, refusing to show up and at least temporarily blocking a Republican-backed labor bill.
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Vote delayed on Indiana same-sex marriage amendment

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
Resolution sponsor Rep. Eric Turner of Marion said he wouldn't call it for a vote on Monday because some House members who want to support it were absent for the day.
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