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Secretary of state candidate leaves architectural firm

July 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Vop Osili of Indianapolis-based A2SO4 is focusing full time on his run for secretary of state as the Democratic candidate.
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Big budget cuts will make for bitter state politics

July 24, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
As Indiana's reserves dwindle toward zero and federal stimulus money disappears, trying to keep political debate friendly and the budget in the black will be quite a challenge. Half a year before they must craft the next state budget, Democrats and Republicans already are squabbling.
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SHOUP: Emancipation is near for independent contractorsRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Steve Shoup
State regulators are gearing up to crack down on companies thought to be treating people as though they are independent contractors instead of employees.
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Indiana: IBM welfare intake work flawed from start

July 21, 2010
Associated Press
The state is suing IBM for more than $1.3 billion, claiming the company breached one of the biggest outsourcing deals in state history. IBM wants Indiana to pay $52.8 million it says it's owed in deferred payments and equipment costs.
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Indiana accused of cutting aid to food stamp users

July 20, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration attorneys do not believe federal law was broken when officials balanced food stamp payments against a state-run supplemental aid program.
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State reserves down nearly half despite spending cuts

July 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana brought in $957 million less in revenue than it budgeted for fiscal year 2010, forcing it to use almost half its reserves, Indiana State Auditor Tim Berry announced Friday morning.
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New energy-efficiency grants available to Indiana commercial, industrial firms

July 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Conserving Hoosier Industrial Power, or CHIP, grants will range from $50,000 to $400,000.
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Employers mull legal challenge to new state gun law

July 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Indiana Chamber of Commerce president says several members have inquired about pursuing legal action, though nothing formal is in the works yet.
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House speaker continues quest for jobs data

June 30, 2010
Scott Olson
State Rep. Pat Bauer says employment figures provided by the Indiana Economic Development Corp. are a good start but insists the agency is not revealing everything it can.
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Group tries to turn Sunday booze ban into July 4 fireworks

June 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
An alliance of drugstores, groceries and gas stations is using the July Fourth holiday—which falls this year on Sunday—to drum up more support for ending Indiana’s ban on Sunday retail sales of alcohol.
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Ex-Commerce chief: Lift the veil on state incentive deals

June 25, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The former executive director of IEDC's predecessor agency argues that regular headcount disclosure is a key part of the economic development process once incentive deals have been struck with companies.
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Democratic secretary of state hopefuls critical of voter ID law

June 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Both Democrats seeking their party's nomination for Indiana secretary of state are critics of the state's voter identification law, which they would have a role in enforcing as the top state election official.
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IEDC responds to House speaker's public records request

June 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana Secretary of Commerce Mitch Roob's letter Tuesday to Democrat Pat Bauer details IEDC's approach to job-creation incentives and its clawback efforts in the recession.
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House Speaker pushes IEDC over job-creation numbers

June 14, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Pat Bauer sent Indiana Secretary of Commerce Mitch Roob a letter formally requesting the Indiana Economic Development Corp. disclose public records about promises companies gave the state in exchange for job-creation incentives.
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Indiana bringing information revolution to public schools

June 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
The state is building a massive data system with a tough-love intent of rewarding good educators and schools and hammering poor performers.
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Deadline approaching for mortgage lenders to pass exam

June 11, 2010
Lenders must pass the test by July 1, or their licenses will be revoked. So far, just 58 percent of more than 1,000 in the state have passed.
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INDOT commissioner to step down for Duke Energy post

June 9, 2010
Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Mike Reed is resigning to become president of Duke Energy's Indiana operations. Michael B. Cline, INDOT's deputy commissioner of operations, will replace him.
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Lilly taps O'Connor as state lobbyist

June 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
O’Connor, chief deputy mayor under former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, started Monday as Lilly's director of state government affairs—working again under Peterson.
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Walgreen gets OK to sell booze at 18 more stores

June 7, 2010
Scott Olson
The Local Alcoholic Beverage Board of Marion County recommended permits for 18 of the 28 stores for which Walgreens is seeking to sell alcohol. Approval by the Indiana Alcohol Tobacco Commission could happen as soon as June. 15.
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Bauer requests federal probe of Bales' real estate deals

June 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
IBJ investigation prompts top state Democrat's letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Indiana revenue collections tick up, but miss projections

June 3, 2010
Associated Press
The State Budget Agency said Thursday that collections through 11 months of the current fiscal year stand about $1 billion below the budget passed by the General Assembly in June 2009.
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Hoosiers begin agriculture trade mission to China

June 2, 2010
Joe Jasinski
A 26-member delegation of Hoosiers, including Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, arrived Wednesday in Hangzhou, Indiana’s Chinese sister state since 1987, for an agriculture-focused economic development trade mission.
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Bidders for baseball stock awaiting auction results

June 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Die-hard Indianapolis Indians fans who bid on shares of the minor-league baseball team's stock will soon know if they own a piece of the club.
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Indiana Senate's top Democrat demands budget-cut data

June 1, 2010
Associated Press
Minority Leader Vi Simpson, D-Bloomington, said the Republican governor's budget director told her that a comprehensive list of executive branch budget reductions wasn't available. She said that's unacceptable.
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Other states join Indiana in spurning grant program

May 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
About two dozen states are going back to Washington for another shot at billions in education grants under the "Race to the Top" program, but at least nine others including Indiana are opting out of trying a second time.
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