State Agencies

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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Indiana pushes firms toward electric vehicles, but has few of its ownRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Chris O'Malley
State government hasn’t put much money toward becoming a leader among states integrating hybrids into their massive vehicle fleets.
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Fairgrounds' digital billboard is exception to county banRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
Clear Channel Outdoor is building Marion County’s first full-size digital billboard along Fall Creek Parkway on the grounds of the Indiana State Fair. The first message might as well be: Take that, Indianapolis!
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Stifel, Rokita reach settlement in auction-rate securities case

December 28, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Agreement accelerates Stifel's repayment of $54 million in auction-rate securities sold to 142 Hoosier investors.
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Bills in General Assembly would ease costs for casinos

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana General Assembly is taking its first steps toward restructuring Hoosier gambling law.
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INDOT using federal funds to improve transportation options near schools

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Safe Routes to School program “aims to influence a new generation of healthy, sustainable travel behavior,” says INDOT.
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Alcohol distributor fights decision allowing big competitor into Indiana

November 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
National Wine & Spirits Inc. suffered a staggering reversal of fortune when the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission ruled Nov. 5 that Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc. could distribute here.
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Indy route not part of high-speed rail funding applicationRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The decision to sidetrack a 110-mph Chicago-Indianapolis-Cincinnati train hasn’t received any attention locally. High-speed rail could someday become an economic development engine here, but it has not gained as much attention here as improved highways or a commuter rail line from downtown to Noblesville.
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  1. Gay marriage is coming, whether or not these bigots and zealots like it or not. We must work to ensure future generations remember the likes of Greg Zoeller like they do the racists of our past...in shame.

  2. Perhaps a diagram of all the network connections of all politicians to their supporters and those who are elite/wealthy and how they have voted on bills that may have benefited their supporters. The truth may hurt, but there are no non-disclosures in government.

  3. I'm sure these lawyers were having problems coming up with any non-religious reason to ban same-sex marriage. I've asked proponents of this ban the question many times and the only answers I have received were religious reasons. Quite often the reason had to do with marriage to a pet or marriage between a group even though those have nothing at all to do with this. I'm looking forward to less discrimination in our state soon!

  4. They never let go of the "make babies" argument. It fails instantaneously because a considerable percentage of heterosexual marriages don't produce any children either. Although if someone wants to pass a law that any couple, heterosexual or homosexual, cannot be legally married (and therefore not utilize all legal, financial, and tax benefits that come with it) until they have produced a biological child, that would be fun to see as a spectator. "All this is a reflection of biology," Fisher answered. "Men and women make babies, same-sex couples do not... we have to have a mechanism to regulate that, and marriage is that mechanism." The civil contract called marriage does NOTHING to regulate babymaking, whether purposefully or accidental. These conservatives really need to understand that sex education and access to birth control do far more to regulate babymaking in this country. Moreover, last I checked, same-sex couples can make babies in a variety of ways, and none of them are by accident. Same-sex couples often foster and adopt the children produced by the many accidental pregnancies from mixed-sex couples who have failed at self-regulating their babymaking capabilities.

  5. Every parent I know with kids from 6 -12 has 98.3 on its car radio all the time!! Even when my daughter isn't in the car I sometimes forget to change stations. Not everybody wants to pay for satellite radio. This will be a huge disappointment to my 9 year old. And to me - there's so many songs on the radio that I don't want her listening to.

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