State Agencies

Indiana prisons chief heading to Florida

December 28, 2010
Associated Press
Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott, who takes office on Jan. 4, on Tuesday named Indiana corrections chief Ed Buss to run Florida's massive prison system.
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Daniels names Massa to lead state alcohol board

December 9, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Gov. Mitch Daniels on Thursday appointed Mark Massa, who served as Daniels’ general counsel before leaving the post earlier this year to run for prosecutor, to run the state’s Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.
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Bill would provide oversight for key state appointments

December 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, wants to give lawmakers a voice in key state appointments made by the governor following an ethics scandal that led to the firing of the chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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State still issuing water permits under controversial, old rules

November 28, 2010
Associated Press
More than three years after sparking an uproar by issuing BP a permit allowing it to discharge more pollution from its Whiting refinery, Indiana is still issuing permits under the same problematic set of rules that played a role in that 2007 controversy.
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Promotus Advertising wins state tobacco cessation account

November 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation account is worth $1.6 million to the minority owned agency.
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Daniels appoints new social services chief

November 10, 2010
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has accepted the resignation of Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Anne Murphy and has appointed the agency's chief of staff, Michael Gargano, to replace her.
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How hard is it to fire a teacher, really?

November 6, 2010
J.K. Wall
Red tape involved in firing teachers is thick. But risk-averse administrators may be the bigger problem.
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State therapists brace for new structural changes

November 5, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Some say lower-quality service would result from Family and Social Services Administration changes that require independent therapists to work for agencies.
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Critics say state ethics panel too lenient

October 30, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The Indiana State Ethics Commission, which has been under fire for allowing a state regulator to take a job with a utility, has a long history of lenient decisions.
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Indiana agency paying law firm $5.25M to sue IBM

October 20, 2010
Associated Press
Barnes & Thornburg of Indianapolis was hired despite several conflicts of interest arising from the fact that it also represents former IBM partners involved in the welfare deal.
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FSSA secretary gets green light to take new job

October 14, 2010
Associated Press
Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Anne Murphy can take a private-sector job helping a hospital network cope with the federal health care overhaul she opposed as a public official, the state ethics commission said Thursday.
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INDOT lays off 30 employees in budget move

September 26, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels said the layoffs were "one of the very, very few involuntary reductions" that Indiana government has had to make to cut spending.
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Indiana child care agencies protest cost of new rules

September 24, 2010
Associated Press
An effort to shift some foster care costs to the federal government would throw up more red tape and make it harder for caretakers and providers to get services for troubled children, a coalition of child care agencies said Friday.
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Indiana welfare chief says hybrid system succeeding

September 21, 2010
Associated Press
The secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration said error rates are down and the percentage of new applications for food stamps, Medicaid and other benefits on backlog has fallen by 83 percent in two two regions.
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New website pulls together state budget data

August 31, 2010
Associated Press
The state has a new transparency website that pulls together Indiana budget data, spending reports and other financial information that had previously been spread across multiple sites.
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Estimate puts Indiana health overhaul costs at $3.1B

August 25, 2010
Associated Press
Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Anne Murphy and acting Insurance Commissioner Stephen Robertson have sent Gov. Mitch Daniels a letter that now estimates the overhaul will cost Indiana $235 million more than the previous estimate in May.
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SHOUP: Emancipation is near for independent contractorsRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Steve Shoup
State regulators are gearing up to crack down on companies thought to be treating people as though they are independent contractors instead of employees.
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Indiana accused of cutting aid to food stamp users

July 20, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration attorneys do not believe federal law was broken when officials balanced food stamp payments against a state-run supplemental aid program.
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Agency settles stadium water damage claim for $6.2M

June 29, 2010
Flooding from a drainpipe malfunction caused extensive damage to Lucas Oil Stadium's data center prior to its opening in August 2008.
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INDOT commissioner to step down for Duke Energy post

June 9, 2010
Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Mike Reed is resigning to become president of Duke Energy's Indiana operations. Michael B. Cline, INDOT's deputy commissioner of operations, will replace him.
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I-69 connection staying put, even with higher costs

May 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Some have suggested moving it west, through less-populated Morgan County, to tie into Interstate 70 near Indianapolis International Airport.
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New Indiana law aims to promote safety of traditional loansRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Scott Olson
A new state program is encouraging lenders to promote the stability of their conventional mortgages to help Indiana's housing market rebound from a foreclosure crisis instigated by risky loans.
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State finalizes auction-rate securities settlements

April 29, 2010
Scott Olson
Twelve investment firms agree to repurchase auction rate securities from Indiana clients for a total of over $370 million and to pay fines totaling more than $3.5 million.
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Politically connected broker's deals raise conflict questions

April 24, 2010
Cory Schouten
John Bales' firm earned $2.9M in commissions on leases for state agencies and $270,000 in commissions on the sale of surplus state properties. He also acted as a developer for public-sector tenants—putting them into buildings owned by him or his associates.
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Hoosiers can now renew driver's licenses online

January 26, 2010
Associated Press
The BMV said Tuesday it has started offering online driver's license renewals at the agency's Web site.
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