State Agencies

State rejects high bid for 19-acre parcel near downtown

October 30, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indiana Finance Authority declined to sell a 19-acre development parcel between the White River and Fall Creek near downtown Indianapolis after it received only two bids at an auction Thursday.

Governor to merge state museum into new agency

October 16, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is planning to merge the Indiana State Museum, 12 historic sites and state library under one new agency, according to sources close to the museum.

Indiana turns away booze-distribution heavyweight

September 19, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission has voted to deny liquor and wine permits for Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc., the nation’s largest liquor distributor, citing concerns over a track record of anti-competitive behavior.

White River park passes on balloonRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Conner Prairie has $2.2 million riding on a ballooning exhibit that opened June 6. One thing that won't stand in the way of its success is a competing ride--at least not at White River State Park.

Pension merger raises questionsRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
We're generally supportive of a plan to merge the state's two largest public pensions in an effort to save money, but it's hard to know exactly what to think considering the lack of detailed information available about the performance of the funds.

State offices could use some fixing, tooRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Brian Williams
Although the Kernan-Shepard report focused on local government efficiencies, it is also clear that the management of Indiana's public resources and assets at the regional and state level has not kept pace with the technological and socioeconomic advances of the last century.

Indiana Public worker, teacher funds have lost $8B in 15 monthsRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The state's two biggest pension funds are poised to combine into one Indiana Public Retirement System, with a single executive director and board.

Health care interests wary of state's cost-cutting idea for MedicaidRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indiana Medicaid officials want to take over management of all its patients' prescription drugs because they say it could save the state as much as $40 million a year.

Feltman to pursue law, business in IndianapolisRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Norm Heikens
Outgoing state Commerce Secretary Nate Feltman said that he likely will return to practicing law and become involved in business after leaving the post at the end of the month.

State ends contract with local air pollution control agenciesRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Local health groups are aghast at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's decision to end contracts with six local air pollution control agencies.

$40M prison work program helps inmates, businessesRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Whitney Lee

If you've ever cooked a hamburger over a grill at Shakamak State Park, sat in a hospital waiting room chair, or sipped from a water fountain, you may have used products made by Indiana convicts. Although offender work programs have been around since the 1920s, most Hoosiers know little about the Indiana Department of Correction's prison-based industries, which generate $40 million a year in revenue.


State prevention program helps Children's Bureau enter new areas, lift budgetRestricted Content

September 1, 2008
Andrea Muirragui Davis

Since its origins as the Widows and Orphans Asylum in 1851, the Children's Bureau has been working to fix broken families in Indianapolis. Now the local not-for-profit has expanded its reach into 37 Indiana counties--growing its budget 22 percent in the process. But the agency remains focused on Marion County, where it's building a $9.2 million service center at 16th and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. streets.


I-465 widening may require buyout of several buildingsRestricted Content

July 28, 2008
Chris O'Malley

Several landmark commercial properties fronting Interstate 465 on the northeast side could be in the path of bulldozers when the state begins adding lanes as early as 2012. Memos prepared by a consulting firm to the Indiana Department of Transportation go as far as estimating acquisition prices for buildings, including that of country station WFMS-FM 95.5 and other Cumulus Media stations at 6810 N. Shadeland Ave.


Atterholt's toughness with insurers questionedRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
J.K. Wall
Indiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Atterholt says his philosophy toward consumer protection is to be tough on the "bad actors," but friendly toward the "good actors";--in part, so he can call for their help when needed.Not everyone is convinced, however, because Atterholt has done so much in his 2-1/2 years as commissioner to promote industry causes.

Car dealers to offer license platesRestricted Content

February 19, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Hoosiers wanting to avoid the hassle of waiting in line at the BMV will soon have an option, but will have to pay about $20 to use it. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is launching a project to allow automobile dealers across the state to provide title and license-plate registrations.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.