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Indiana counties wrestling with tax overpayment

August 5, 2011
Associated Press
City and county officials across Indiana are starting to wrestle with how they'll deal with the state's plan to recoup roughly $610 million it overpaid local governments for income taxes it expected to collect.
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Candidate Pence eyes Indiana income-tax cuts

August 3, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Mike Pence is looking at ways to cut Indiana income tax rates across the board if elected governor next year.
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Indiana tax revenue better than expected for July

August 3, 2011
Associated Press
The new budget year is off to a good start for Indiana's state government with about $23 million more in tax revenue coming in than expected.
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Indicted elections chief hires ex-prosecutor Brizzi

August 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White has hired former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi as his lead defense attorney in his fight against voter fraud charges.
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Democrat Gregg wants to improve manufacturing base

August 2, 2011
Associated Press
Former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg said Tuesday he would focus on rejuvenating the state's manufacturing base if he is elected governor next November.
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Indiana asks court to lift Planned Parenthood order

August 1, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana asked a federal appeals court Monday to lift a judge's order blocking parts of a new abortion law that cuts some public Planned Parenthood funding, saying the issue should be decided by Medicaid officials and not the courts.
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Daniels, at peace with presidential decision, running out clock

August 1, 2011
Bloomberg News
Indiana's Mitch Daniels has gone from considering a run for president to finishing out his second and last term as governor.
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Democrats appeal Indiana elections chief decision

July 29, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Democrats on Thursday appealed a decision allowing embattled Republican Secretary of State Charlie White to stay in office while he fights voter fraud charges.
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Experts tell state panel marijuana prohibition has failed

July 28, 2011
Associated Press
A state panel heard from a parade of experts Thursday as it began studying whether to legalize marijuana in Indiana or reduce criminal penalties on small amounts of the drug.
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State commerce chief backs right-to-work law

July 26, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's chief economic development officer told state lawmakers Tuesday that Indiana has lost deals to attract businesses because it lacks a right-to-work law.
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State pays attorneys' fees in federal lawsuitRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Midwest Title Loans prevailed in its lawsuit against the state, will collect $440,000.
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Indiana's unemployment rate ticks up to 8.3 percent

July 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
After remaining stagnant in April and May, the state's jobless rate rose one-tenth of a point in June.
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States cut programs to help poor cool their homes

July 21, 2011
Associated Press
Many states hit hardest by this week's searing heat wave have drastically cut or entirely eliminated programs that help poor people pay their electric bills, forcing thousands to go without air conditioning when they need it most.
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Indiana AG won't appeal immigration ruling

July 19, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he won't appeal a federal judge's decision to temporarily block part of a new state immigration law but will continue to fight against a ruling that would make the ban permanent.
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Notorious I-69 interchange slated for big upgradeRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Getting onto and off of Interstate 69 at the 116th Street exit has long been a nail-biting experience, but traffic planners are about to propose reconstruction to unplug the bottleneck.
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School voucher program draws early interest

July 14, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
About 385 families have requested state tuition assistance at private schools since July 11, when the Indiana Department of Education started accepting applications for its new voucher program.
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Cities weigh new law allowing bigger tax breaks

July 13, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Communities across the state are trying to decide how they will use a new law that provides them more flexibility to employ economic development incentives but could increase pressure to give companies more tax breaks.
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Legislative safeguards can't keep state from court

July 10, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana conservatives appeared to win major national victories with a trio of laws passed this year, but rebukes from a pair of federal judges and a lawsuit raised questions about how proposed laws are vetted for legal issues before they get to a vote.
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Indiana first to require drug tests for job training

July 9, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Labor says Indiana is the first state to require drug testing of people seeking job training. But at least 30 states have considered requiring drug tests for those receiving government assistance.
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Daniels revives agency mistakenly canceled

July 9, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed an order restoring Indiana's largest state agency, the human services department, after it was accidentally eliminated due to a mistake in a new state law.
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Indiana toll road came up $209M short in 2010

July 8, 2011
Bloomberg News
Now five years old, the Indiana Toll Road deal has yet to turn a profit, or break even, for its two overseas investors. The $3.8 billion contract, however, has been a bargain for the taxpayers of Indiana.
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Indiana fireworks tax raises millions for training

July 7, 2011
Associated Press
State budget officials said Indiana took in $2.5 million from the special 5-percent public safety tax on fireworks during the 2011 fiscal year that ended June 30. That indicates about $51 million in retail fireworks sales around the state during that time.
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WellPoint to pay $100,000 over data breach

July 5, 2011
Associated Press
Health insurer WellPoint Inc. will pay $100,000 and take other steps after admitting it waited months to notify 32,000 Indiana customers that their Social Security numbers, health records and other personal information might have been exposed online.
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HICKS: Founding document holds lessons for todayRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
Mike Hicks
The Declaration of Independence has some key tenets that bear mentioning in these times.
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Indiana State Museum hopes for new start

July 1, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana State Museum begins a new fiscal year Friday with a different governance structure and a $1.1 million surplus.
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