State Government

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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Indiana retailers making push for online sales tax

November 29, 2011
Associated Press
A new coalition of Indiana retailers is planning a lobbying push aimed at convincing state lawmakers to force online businesses to collect the state's 7-percent sales taxes from customers.
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Feds reject Indiana request for health care exemption

November 28, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday rejected Indiana's bid for an exemption from federal health care overhaul rules that require insurers selling policies to individuals to essentially dedicate 80 percent of the premiums they collect to medical care.
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Judge allows class in suit against state tort law

November 23, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker has certified the victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse as a single class in a lawsuit challenging a law that caps the state's liability at $5 million. However, she concluded the plaintiffs are unlikely to win the challenge.
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Study: State loses millions annually in online sales taxes

November 22, 2011
Scott Olson
The report from the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute says the state loses $40 million to $114 million every year in sales tax revenue from sales to online retailers such as Amazon.
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Indiana Legislature set for new right-to-work fight

November 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says that passing a contentious right-to-work proposal will be his top priority during the coming legislative session.
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Indiana voucher memo confuses, concerns districts

November 20, 2011
Associated Press
A memo that sparked concern among Indiana's school districts by saying they would begin losing funding this month under the state's new private school voucher law was sent "prematurely" a state education official says.
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EDITORIAL: Gregg, Pence should think bigRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
So far, the efforts of government haven’t been enough to reverse the relative slide in wages and incomes. Too few firms are using the playground Indiana has created.
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Passengers likely would shoulder chunk of transit system costsRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Federal transit data suggests passenger fares would generate about one-fourth of the money needed to operate a suburban rail and expanded bus system proposed for the region.
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State lets Occupy Indy protesters keep small camp

November 17, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana officials are declaring détente with Occupy Indy demonstrators after the protesters removed much of their camping equipment from the Statehouse lawn.
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Occupy Indy protesters ordered to clear out camp

November 16, 2011
Associated Press
State officials gave Occupy Indy protesters 24 hours to remove their tents, sleeping bags and other camping accessories from the Statehouse lawn and warned there could be arrests Thursday should anybody resist the efforts to remove the items.
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Indiana Legislature taking 2-day break for Super Bowl

November 16, 2011
Associated Press
Demand for hotel rooms will make it difficult for some out-of-town lawmakers to find at hotel rooms or long-term residences in Indianapolis.
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Agency endorses big cut to state horse racing’s $58M subsidy

November 16, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indiana Inspector General recommends in a report that the annual subsidy paid to the state's horse racing community be reduced by more than half, to $28 million.
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Indiana legislative panel endorses test of iPads

November 14, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana legislative panel endorsed a pilot program Monday that would equip two General Assembly committees with iPads in the upcoming session as part of a push to cut the amount of paper used to print copies of bills for lawmakers.
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Daniels eyes right-to-work legislation in final session

November 13, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has long flirted with right-to-work legislation, but is letting the General Assembly take the lead.
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Indiana's public pension restructures investmentsRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The new asset mix, approved by the Indiana Public Retirement System’s board late last month, includes a lower concentration of public equities.
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Indiana's interim lottery chief lines up contractor job

November 11, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's ethics board is signing off on the interim state lottery director's plans to work with a state contractor once a new lottery chief is found.
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Indiana attorney general: School bus fees illegal

November 10, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says in a legal opinion that it's unconstitutional for school districts to end free school bus service by turning transportation over to outside agencies.
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Mayoral roundup: Republicans dominate elections

November 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A Republican Party tally gives the GOP a 61-54 majority over Democrats among the state's mayor's offices — a shift from a 68-48 Democratic lead.
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New booze permits unleash gold rushRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission plans to sell up to 101 new three-way restaurant permits for Marion County at an auction Nov. 18. The offering follows a recalculation—using fresh U.S. Census numbers—of how many permits should be distributed in the city.
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State mulls ditching traditional pensionsRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Lawmakers are mulling converting the state’s pension system into a 401(k)-like model, bringing Indiana into the heated national debate over public pensions.
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Daniels says 'right-to-work' law would help Indiana

November 4, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said a right-to-work law would make the state more competitive when its comes to business-expansion opportunities.
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Lawmakers looking for solutions to online sales tax issue

November 4, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
At least one Indiana lawmaker plans to file a bill requiring the state to collect sales taxes from online retailers like Amazon.com. Other state lawmakers are working on a federal solution.
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