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Almost all state fair claimants accept offers

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Attorney General's office said Wednesday that 63 of the 65 claimants have confirmed they'll accept the settlements over the State Fair stage collapse.
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Budget official: State was warned about tax collections

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
Democrat Erik Gonzalez of the state's budget-forecasting committee said his panel warned the Indiana Department of Revenue something was wrong with corporate tax collections two years before the state discovered it misplaced $320 million.
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Democrats outline legislative plans for General Assembly

December 14, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
Indiana Senate Democrats, who hold just 13 of the chamber's 50 seats, released their 2012 legislative agenda, which will push for work-share legislation as well as consumer and job protections when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.
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Panel rejects audit of Indiana revenue department

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
Republican members of the State Budget Committee have rejected Democrats' request for an independent audit of the Indiana Department of Revenue for misplacing $320 million.
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Mayors back transit tax hike in Marion, Hamilton counties

December 13, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard say more local transit options are needed despite the steep cost. A ballot referendum would be required so voters could consider a 0.3-percent income-tax increase to pay for a $1.3 billion project.
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Complex accounts made it easy for state to miss $320M

December 11, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House and Senate Democrats say they want an investigation into how the money went missing for so long. They submitted a letter to the state's budget forecasting committee requesting an independent audit of the state's finances.
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Environmental group to focus legislative efforts on energy savings, transitRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Led by Jesse Kharbanda, the Hoosier Environmental Council is keeping its agenda lean to boost chances for success in short session.
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Indiana Live asks court for $23 million tax refundRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Bankrupt racetrack and casino asks for help recovering money from Indiana Department of Revenue.
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GOP brass opts not to battle townshipsRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Republican leaders in the General Assembly who have backed local government reform will trade ambitious proposals they’ve pursued in years past for more moderate—and widely accepted—ideas in the next legislative session.
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Judge delays ruling on dismissal of White case

December 9, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana judge expects to rule by Dec. 16 on whether Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White must stand trial on voter fraud and other criminal charges that could lead to his ouster.
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DeLaney calls for action to boost safety at convenience stores

December 7, 2011
Greg Andrews
State Rep. Ed DeLaney, an Indianapolis Democrat, said at a Wednesday morning press conference that he has asked the Indiana Department of Labor to convene a forum about worker safety with police, convenience store operators, Department of Labor officials and other interested parties.
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Indiana offers $300K to stage-collapse victims

December 6, 2011
Associated Press
The state is offering at least $300,000 to families of each of the seven people who died after a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair, with more available for those whose loved ones spent days hospitalized before their deaths, Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Tuesday.
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Daniels says state discovers extra $300 million

December 6, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says the state budget will see a one-time cash infusion of $300 million from tax collections that weren't properly transferred into the general fund.
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Judge removes Bosma from case over legislative walkout fines

December 6, 2011
Michael W. Hoskins
A Marion Superior judge has ruled that state courts don’t have the ability to interfere with the Indiana General Assembly’s constitutional authority to pass laws or its own internal rules, including how it compels attendance or imposes fines.
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EDITORIAL: State can't afford to lose online sales taxRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
The risk is that requiring online retailers to remit the sales tax will chase them away. We think the potential payoffs are worth taking the chance.
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'Buy local' law to be tweakedRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
New requirement that local governments hire local bidders came under fire.
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Lugar: Obama failing on Brazil trade, cedes clout to China

December 2, 2011
Bloomberg News
The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said President Barack Obama is missing opportunities to strike closer ties with Brazil, allowing China to steal market share from U.S. companies in Latin America’s biggest economy.
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Indiana lawmakers want cursive mandatory in schools

December 1, 2011
Associated Press
Terre Haute Sen. Tim Skinner and Oldenburg Sen. Jean Leising said they plan to submit bills when lawmakers return to Indianapolis in 2012 that would require the writing style be taught.
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Ex-aide running for Indiana seat Pence is giving up

December 1, 2011
Associated Press
Andrew Phipps, a former aide to Republican Rep. Mike Pence, is joining the field for the congressional seat that Pence is giving up to run for governor.
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GOP governors group names Daniels policy chairman

November 30, 2011
Associated Press
Daniels' policies have frequently been emulated by other Republican governors including Wisconsin' Scott Walker and Ohio's John Kasich.
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Indiana Republicans push drug tests for welfare money

November 30, 2011
Associated Press
Two Indiana Republicans want welfare recipients to pass drug tests before they can receive benefits but similar measures have run up against Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.
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After hiking taxes, Illinois now considers easing them

November 30, 2011
Associated Press
Less than a year after raising personal and corporate income taxes, Illinois officials are pushing a $250 million package of tax breaks for several prominent businesses threatening to leave for more tax-friendly states, including Indiana.
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Bond banks in Indiana, other states boost sales

November 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
State municipal-bond banks in Indiana, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire plan to issue about $190 million in debt this week, as smaller communities seek to take advantage of 10-year interest rates near a six-week low.
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States suing over health care law collect funding

November 29, 2011
Associated Press
Federal officials announced Tuesday they are awarding more money to help states carry out President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Seven states that are suing to overturn the landmark law are also on the list for funding.
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IU Health reports most serious medical errors

November 29, 2011
Scott Olson
Indiana's largest and busiest medical system committed 19 preventable errors last year at its hospitals in Indianapolis and other cities, three fewer than in 2009, according to a report released Monday.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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