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Indiana lottery manager misses goal, but hits record numbers

August 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Hoosier Lottery's top official said she is "pleased" with a private manager's performance, even though the firm fell short of its income target during the first full fiscal year of its 15-year contract with the state.
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IU research center trying to remedy 'civic deficit'Restricted Content

August 16, 2014
The Center for Civic Literacy will open its first public conference Aug. 22 with the goal of connecting scholars and practitioners in the fields of education, business, not-for-profits, media and government.
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Illinois ends contract with private manager of lottery

August 15, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The manager, Northstar Lottery Group LLC, is 80-percent owned by Rhode Island-based Gtech Corp., the parent company of Gtech Indiana, which manages the Hoosier Lottery.
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Indiana universities face budget cuts if tax intake lags

August 14, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's public universities could see their budgets cut another 2 percent if state tax collections continue trailing expectations, Gov. Mike Pence's budget director said Thursday.
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State tax collections fall just below projections

August 13, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The state brought in a total of $1.04 billion in July general fund revenue, a decrease of 0.5 percent from the December 2013 state revenue forecast.
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Indiana challenge to Obamacare tax-credit rule can go forward

August 12, 2014
Bloomberg News
U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence in Indianapolis on Tuesday denied an IRS bid to dismiss that portion of the state’s 2013 lawsuit, in which it claimed the rule illegally conflicts with a provision of the federal law.
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Pence: State to pay special-needs adoption subsidies

August 12, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The move comes just two months after a LaPorte woman filed a lawsuit, saying the state owed her subsidies.
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State needs better water management, report says

August 8, 2014
Associated Press, Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce warns that demand for water from businesses and residents could outstrip the available supply in coming decades.
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State agency says it lacks adoption subsidy money

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Child Services says it isn't paying subsidies to parents who adopted special-needs children out of foster care because the state Legislature hasn't appropriated enough money.
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State studies whether to reduce rules for licensed workers

August 5, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The changes could impact some 470,000 Hoosiers, including health care workers, barbers, plumbers, social workers and others – people who face rules that critics say are far too burdensome.
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Feds require state to talk to Native Americans for HIP 2.0 plan

August 5, 2014
 The Statehouse File
State officials met Tuesday with members of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in an effort to satisfy federal regulators who are considering a proposed expansion of the state’s low-income health insurance program.
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State eyes downtown site for $17M archives project

August 4, 2014
Mason King
Officials want developers to submit plans for a site on the American Legion Mall, including an existing historic building and a 36,000-square-foot addition.
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Indiana ethics cases draw watchdog frustration

August 4, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Lawmakers say they are going to look at new transparency rules after public officials skirted the law in three separate ethics cases this year.
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Investor reimbursement fund off to slow start

August 2, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Time required for investigations, prosecutions caused delays.
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UPDATE: Report clears ex-state official, finds gaps in law

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's inspector general has determined a former state highway official didn't violate any laws in a series of land deals. But Inspector General David Thomas said it went "right up to the line."
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Two promoted in state attorney general's office

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
Former Chief Deputy Attorney General Gary Secrest will take over as assistant attorney general, a new post. Deputy Attorney General Matt Light will succeed Secrest as the chief deputy attorney general.
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Head of Indiana alcohol agency taking Ivy Tech job

July 31, 2014
Associated Press
Ivy Tech announced Thursday that Alex Huskey will become the Marion campus president beginning Aug. 25.
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State highway official leaving before review done

July 31, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Department of Transportation chief of staff Troy Woodruff, who is under state investigation, sent an email to agency employees on Wednesday saying that he would step down Thursday.
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Pence pushes Medicaid alternative with HHS chief

July 30, 2014
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence told U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell that he wants to maintain Indiana's "freedom and flexibility" under any expansion of Medicaid.
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Pence wants immigrant children returned to home countries

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
Pence said Tuesday he did not learn about the placement of more than 200 immigrant children with Indiana families until reading about it in news reports. Thousands of unaccompanied children have migrated to the U.S. illegally this year.
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Indiana BMV asks court to delay vanity plate sales

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has asked the state Supreme Court for permission to continue its suspension on sales of vanity plates until a court case is settled.
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State campaign pushes students to finish college on time

July 28, 2014
Jessica Seabolt, The Statehouse File
The statewide effort is designed to push more Indiana students to graduate from college on time by completing at least 15 credits each semester.
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Hogsett takes position at Indianapolis law firm

July 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
U.S. attorney Joseph Hogsett, a rumored candidate for Indianapolis mayor, plans to join Bose McKinney & Evans on Aug. 1 as a partner in the litigation practice group.
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Mitchell departs state job for treasurer's race

July 28, 2014
Associated Press
Kelly Mitchell announced Friday she was leaving her job as an investment director in the state treasurer's office Aug. 1.
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Leg of I-69 project now due to open by end of 2015

July 27, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation now plans for Interstate 69 to reach Bloomington by the end of 2015, a year later than originally planned.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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