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LEADING QUESTIONS: Lead-foot Skillman takes tactful route

May 12, 2010
Mason King
LQ_Skillman_WVLt. Gov. Becky Skillman left behind the hot-rod racing of her youth for the hallowed halls of the Statehouse. Polite persuasion is her secret weapon.
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State's largest pension programs get new leader

May 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Steve Russo was chosen Monday as executive director of both the Indiana Public Employees' Retirement Fund and the Indiana State Teachers' Retirement Fund.
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Study: Indiana shows long-term decrease in air toxicsRestricted Content

May 8, 2010
Chris O'Malley
IDEM says in its newly released “ToxWatch” report that the level of air toxics over the last decade has “decreased to within levels acceptable to the U.S. EPA.
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State revenue continues to fall short of projections

May 4, 2010
Indiana has missed budget projections for nine out of the last 10 months. April tax collections hit their lowest mark since 2004.
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37 contested Indiana House races prelude to November

May 4, 2010
Associated Press
Voters will nominate candidates in more than 30 Indiana House primary races Tuesday, completing matchups for November's general election that will determine control of the narrowly divided chamber.
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State finalizes auction-rate securities settlements

April 29, 2010
Scott Olson
Twelve investment firms agree to repurchase auction rate securities from Indiana clients for a total of over $370 million and to pay fines totaling more than $3.5 million.
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Politically connected broker's deals raise conflict questions

April 24, 2010
Cory Schouten
John Bales' firm earned $2.9M in commissions on leases for state agencies and $270,000 in commissions on the sale of surplus state properties. He also acted as a developer for public-sector tenants—putting them into buildings owned by him or his associates.
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Indiana budget chief orders another 5 percent in cuts

April 22, 2010
Associated Press
State revenues are $867 million, or 9.4 percent, less than forecast through the first nine months of the current fiscal year.
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Indiana near bottom of heap for 2010 earmarks

April 18, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana received just over $14 per capita and ranked 48th among all states, down from 43rd in 2009.
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Expansion set for Camp Atterbury training site

April 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The proposed plan will expand the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury, bring economic development to south-central Indiana, and open a new fish and wildlife area in Putnam County in western Indiana.
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Pew study questions health of Indiana's public pensions

April 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Washington, D.C.-based Pew Center on the States says Indiana “needs improvement” in setting aside money for retirees’ future health care and other benefits.
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State attorney general looks to challenge health care bill

March 22, 2010
Associated Press
Attorneys general in at least 13 states have signaled they intend to challenge the constitutionality of the legislation in court.
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Year delay in unemployment tax hike won't satisfy Uncle SamRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Hoosier legislators are crowing about the deal they just brokered to delay a $400 million state tax hike meant to shore up Indiana's bankrupt Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. Here's what they're not touting: the mandatory federal tax increases every single business in Indiana now faces the next three years.
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Net metering bill short-circuited in legislature

March 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bill would have allowed businesses, universities and other organizations generating their own power to receive a retail credit on their utility bills.
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Workplace guns bill gets governor's signature

March 18, 2010
Associated Press
The law, which takes effect July 1, lets workers keep guns locked out of sight in their vehicles while parked on their employers' property.
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Governor signs ethics, slot-withholding laws

March 18, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed 23 bills into law on Wednesday.
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Biz leaders relieved over one-year payroll tax-hike delay

March 15, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Legislators postponed a $400 million tax hike to shore up Indiana's bankrupt Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, but state's most troubled employers still face automatic payroll tax hike this year.
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State lawmakers remain divided; deal by Sunday in doubt

March 12, 2010
Associated Press
The impasse between the two parties over a delay in an unemployment-tax increase is expected to drag the legislative session into the weekend. "Nobody is talking right now," says one legislator.
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Indiana Arts Commission delays changes

March 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Arts Commission on Friday morning accepted a staff recommendation to alter its regional partnership program, but will delay action until next month.
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Indiana closer to eliminating anti-smoking agency

March 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The plan approved by the Republican-controlled Senate would transfer the duties of the Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation board to the State Department of Health.
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Talks resume at Statehouse after brief impasse

March 9, 2010
Associated Press
Negotiations on some major issues resumed in the Indiana General Assembly on Monday after a meltdown occurred last week.
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Indiana lawmakers fail to wrap up session

March 5, 2010
Associated Press
Lawmakers hoped to adjourn by midnight, days before a March 14 statutory deadline for finishing business, but are still bogged down on several issues.
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Workplace guns bill gets final legislative OK

March 4, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana General Assembly approved a bill that lets workers keep firearms locked in their cars in trunks or out of sight while parked on company property.
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Indiana lawmakers still hoping to adjourn Thursday

March 3, 2010
Associated Press
Lawmakers are close to a compromise on a work-site guns bill, but remain farther apart on several other issues.
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Indiana tax collections for February down $86 million

March 2, 2010
Associated Press
Tax collections for February fell $86 million below a revised December forecast. Revenue is down $166 million in the first three months since that forecast.
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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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