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Gay couples' lawyers object to full-court hearing

July 22, 2014
Associated Press
Attorneys on either side of a lawsuit over Wisconsin and Indiana's overthrown gay marriage bans are wrangling over how many federal judges should hear the states' appeal.
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Lawmakers approve pair of new license plates

July 22, 2014
Associated Press
A panel of state lawmakers on Tuesday approved license plates recognizing the Indy 500 and Abraham Lincoln under a new system clamping down on the number of special license plates on the road.
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Court nixes Obamacare subsidies for Indiana, 35 other states

July 22, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
The Obamacare tax credits that brought nearly $400 million to Indiana this year to help Hoosiers buy health insurance could go away after a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday they were illegal.
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Prosecutors: Expungement law has good, bad sides

July 20, 2014
Associated Press
An Indiana law allowing some criminals to have their records expunged is drawing mixed reviews from judges and attorneys, who say parts of the law don't make sense.
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Suit tests INDOT policy of charging for highway repairs

July 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A trucking company is challenging the Indiana Department of Transportation’s authority to sue for damage to state property, a lawsuit that could affect thousands of motorists and millions of dollars in revenue.
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Indiana adds jobs, but unemployment inches up

July 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The state added 17,400 jobs to employer rolls in June, including a 7,400-worker boost in the government sectors. But a bump in residents returning to the labor force increased the unemployment rate.
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State to scope downtown block for new offices, parking

July 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Office of Management and Budget will study a state-owned parcel just north of the Statehouse, potentially to house the judiciary and provide more legislative office space.
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Candidates raise, spend little in quiet election cycle

July 18, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's 2014 election cycle may lack the marquee battles of two years ago, but candidates are still collecting dollars ahead of November's elections.
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Pence: Austerity steps needed despite big reserves

July 18, 2014
Associated Press
The governor's administration has told state agencies to hold back 4.5 percent of their funding for the current fiscal year despite the state's $2 billion in reserves.
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Vanity plate issue likely not settled for state

July 17, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles must resume issuing personalized license plates, a Marion County judge ordered Wednesday, but the department has said it intends to appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court.
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State officials confident federal highway funds will come through

July 17, 2014
Emily Metheny, The Statehouse File
Indiana has not solidified contingency plans that would be needed if Congress fails to pass a deal to cover a shortfall in a federal highway fund.
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Pence wraps up UK trade trip after blitz of meetings

July 17, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
The governor met Wednesday with a company considering Indiana for its U.S. operations, but his office would not identify the firm.
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Convenience stores remount challenge to cold-beer laws

July 15, 2014
Mason King, Associated Press
Convenience stores in Indiana are appealing a decision from a federal judge in June that continued to prohibit them from selling cold beer.
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UPDATE: Indiana surplus tops $2B after spending cuts

July 14, 2014
Associated Press
The cash reserves for Indiana's state government grew to more than $2 billion after spending cuts by most state agencies and a reduction in state funding for higher education.
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Excise police warn retirement home about social-hour alcohol

July 12, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana excise police told Meadowood Retirement Community that it could no longer serve its residents alcohol without a state liquor license from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.
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UPDATE: ACLU asks fed attorney to recognize Indiana gay marriages

July 12, 2014
Associated Press
Attorneys are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step in on behalf of hundreds of same-sex couples who were wed before a federal appeals court stayed an order striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban.
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UPDATE: Bennett accepts $5,000 fine in ethics settlement

July 10, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett has agreed to pay $5,000 as part of a settlement in which he admits to using state resources for campaign work but is cleared of formal ethics violations in a grade-change scandal.
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Panel recommends highway projects, indexed gas tax

July 9, 2014
Seth Morin, The Statehouse File
The state should index its gas tax to increase with inflation, build a new bypass around Indianapolis, and consider user fees to supplement highway funding, a transportation panel said in its recommendations Wednesday.
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Pence headed to United Kingdom for trade trip

July 9, 2014
Jessica Seabolt, The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, first lady Karen Pence and state officials will travel to the United Kingdom on Saturday for an economic development mission to bring jobs and investment to Indiana.
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State aims to raise post-secondary education attainment

July 9, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
At least 60 percent of Indiana's workforce will need post-secondary education skills by 2025 in order to compete for jobs, Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellsperman said Tuesday.
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Education battle flares between Ritz, Pence

July 8, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz accused Gov. Mike Pence's education staff and appointees to the State Board of Education of trying to "undermine" her efforts to secure a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
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INDOT staffer in ethics case seeks new work

July 7, 2014
Associated Press
A top Indiana transportation official who is under investigation for land sales that benefited his family is considering taking an executive job at an engineering firm that bids for state work.
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UPDATE: Indiana vanity plate fight could go to Legislature

July 7, 2014
Associated Press
A fuss over a police officer's vanity plate has blown up into a constitutional debate that could lead to the Indiana General Assembly deciding whether to rewrite the law or stop selling personalized license plates altogether.
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State sits on prime downtown property near Statehouse

July 5, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Three locally based firms responded to a state request for private-sector parking management, plus the construction of new spaces, by proposing mixed-use buildings for a 3.2-acre lot north of the Statehouse, according to response documents made public late last month.
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Pence tells feds that HIP 2.0 has broad support

July 1, 2014
 The Statehouse File
State officials say they will submit a plan Wednesday to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan to more uninsured Hoosiers using federal Medicaid dollars.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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