State Government

Pence wants moratorium on new business regulations

June 26, 2012
Associated Press
Mike Pence said that if elected governor, he'll issue an executive order against new regulations and ask his budget office to review existing rules to ensure they use the least-costly approach and aren't burdensome to job-creation efforts.
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High court rejects part of Arizona immigration law

June 25, 2012
Associated Press
The Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants. But the court said Monday that one much-debated part of the law could go forward.
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Attorney general ties $6M for fair victims to private settlement

June 22, 2012
Associated Press
To get some of the additional $6 million the state is offering, victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse would agree to clear Mid America Sound and J. Thomas Engineering of any wrongdoing. In return, they also would get a portion of $7.2 million the companies are offering.
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Daniels unsure of lobbying role as Purdue president

June 22, 2012
Associated Press
The governor said Friday he was checking whether he could press members of the General Assembly on the university's behalf after he becomes Purdue's president in January, because of state ethics rules that require a one-year "cool down" for public officials after leaving office.
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New Purdue president Daniels to live on campus

June 21, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he'll live in the president's house once he takes over at Purdue University but will go back and forth to his Carmel home.
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State’s unemployment rate held at 7.9 percent in May

June 15, 2012
The May jobless rate in Indiana was unchanged from April, although the state added 7,700 private-sector jobs last month, with gains in sectors including trade, transportation, utilities, and private educational and health services.
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Martin prevails in appeal of ruling that banned him from horse tracksRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Industry stalwart prevails in fight against Indiana Horse Racing Commission, which found that he had participated in racing and wagering activities without a license.
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Racing simulator lands real tax break for two-seatersRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Legislature agreed to extend to Indy Racing Experience the same sales-tax exemption enjoyed by race teams.
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Indiana officials face deadline on anti-nepotism law

June 8, 2012
Associated Press
County, city, town and township governments across Indiana are racing to adopt new rules against nepotism ahead of a July 1 deadline.
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Pence taps Bush, Daniels advisers to shape policy

June 7, 2012
Associated Press
The team of policy advisers assembled by Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence reflects his efforts to assuage social and religious conservatives who have built him into a national brand while catering to business-minded conservatives who have ruled under outgoing Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.
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Indiana GOP ready for Paul delegates at convention

June 5, 2012
Associated Press
Paul has effectively suspended his race for president, but his supporters have pressed on with hopes of crafting the party's national platform by winning delegate seats in state-level convention battles.
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Indiana hires Deloitte to assess $500M in mistakes

June 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's state budget leaders picked international accounting firm Deloitte on Monday to determine the scope of an external audit looking at how the state lost track of more than $500 million in tax revenues.
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Indiana state tax collections take May dip

June 4, 2012
Associated Press
May's state tax revenue came in $143 million below projections. That comes after April's revenue was up about $159 million due to faster-than-usual tax returns processing.
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Indiana panel moves toward audit of $500M in mistakes

June 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's state budget leaders on Monday are expected to take another step toward finding what caused more than $500 million in tax-revenue accounting errors, but a final answer is still a long way off.
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Conexus: State growth will slow without more infrastructure investmentsRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Nearly all of the $3.8 billion the state received from leasing its toll road is spent or committed, and Conexus Indiana says roads and bridges are crumbling again. How does the group, which focuses on manufacturing and logistics, recommend paying for infrastructure improvements? In effect, by raising taxes.
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Facing money gap, candidate Gregg plays small ball

May 27, 2012
Associated Press
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg hopes time is money as he heads into the heart of the 2012 Indiana governor's race.
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Indiana struggling to distribute foreclosure aid fundsRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
The $182 million awarded to the state by the federal government was based on the unemployment rate, which is falling.
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Gregg picks Simpson to add balance to ticket

May 22, 2012
Associated Press
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg reached out to his party's base Tuesday with his pick for lieutenant governor, a liberal lawmaker with decades of experience at the Indiana Statehouse.
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Gregg, Pence tap women for gubernatorial tickets

May 21, 2012
Associated Press
Republican candidate Mike Pence toured the state Monday with his choice for lieutenant governor: state Rep. Sue Ellspermann. Democratic candidate John Gregg, meanwhile, is set to announce that longtime Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson will join his ticket.
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Pence picks Indiana legislator as running mate

May 21, 2012
Associated Press
Republican Mike Pence has picked first-term state Rep. Sue Ellspermann as his running mate in his campaign to become Indiana's next governor.
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Indiana casinos face falling revenue, new competition

May 20, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's nearly 20-year-old casino industry is facing declining revenues and growing out-of-state competition, prompting lawmakers to consider what, if any, regulatory changes might be able to stem the tide.
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Pence set to announce running-mate pick

May 18, 2012
Associated Press
Republican Mike Pence's campaign said Friday he will announce his running mate in his campaign for Indiana governor on Monday.
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Indiana issues call for external audit of tax agency

May 17, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana budget leaders are looking for an external auditor to review the state Department of Revenue after workers discovered $526 million in errors in recent months.
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Unemployment tax repayment causes confusion

May 15, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's plan to balance an unemployment insurance fund hit hard during the recession might have caused businesses to pay more than they owed, although no one seems to know how many companies were involved or the level of impact it had on them.
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Indiana governor hopefuls detail ideas for job growth

May 12, 2012
Associated Press
Republican Mike Pence, Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham each say job creation would be "job one" if elected governor. But their means to reaching employment goals vary from dispatching missionary-style investment gurus, to growing more hemp and bamboo, to increasing wind-turbine manufacturing in the state.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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