State Government

Cash-strapped mayors may tap owners of tax-exempt propertyRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
A group of mayors led by Tom Henry of Fort Wayne and Greg Ballard of Indianapolis is seeking new sources of revenue to replace the millions they’ll lose because of property tax caps.
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INDOT using federal funds to improve transportation options near schools

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Safe Routes to School program “aims to influence a new generation of healthy, sustainable travel behavior,” says INDOT.
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State colleges face $150M in cuts as tax revenues fall

December 4, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Daniels calls for cuts with announcement that tax collections for November were $144 million below forecast.
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State sues teachers' union for securities fraud

December 2, 2009
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Secretary of State's securities division says Indiana State Teachers Association can't account for $23 million intended for school districts, requests assets be frozen.
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Advisory panel urges EPA to back plan to pay for green projects via property taxRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Chris O'Malley
By issuing “voluntary environmental improvement bonds,”, local and state governments could create special taxing districts that finance homeowner purchases of everything from solar panels to rain gardens.
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Downtown life sciences corridor flagged for development

November 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A new task force is charged with making recommendations for development of the city’s downtown certified technology park.
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Alcohol distributor fights decision allowing big competitor into Indiana

November 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
National Wine & Spirits Inc. suffered a staggering reversal of fortune when the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission ruled Nov. 5 that Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc. could distribute here.
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State lands $4 million grant to aid autoworkers

November 18, 2009
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the Indiana Department of Workforce Development a $4 million grant on Wednesday to help autoworkers transition into alternate careers.
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Property tax-cap issue could dominate next Indiana Legislature

November 16, 2009
Scott Olson
Lawmakers meet Tuesday for Organizational Day and will begin debating measures Jan. 5 when the Legislature officially convenes for a short session.
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Biz interests expect tax issues to vex Legislature

November 16, 2009
Scott Olson
Increases in property and payroll taxes are among the key issues again confronting the business community when the General Assembly convenes in January.
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Rokita builds rep as tough enforcer of securities lawsRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Secretary of State Todd Rokita has relied on fines and fees to greatly increase his office's firepower without a tax hike.
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Teachers' pension fund poised to buy downtown building from DukeRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indiana State Teachers’ Retirement Fund is negotiating to buy a 12-story office building across from the Statehouse in what could be the year’s largest downtown office transaction.
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Indy route not part of high-speed rail funding applicationRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The decision to sidetrack a 110-mph Chicago-Indianapolis-Cincinnati train hasn’t received any attention locally. High-speed rail could someday become an economic development engine here, but it has not gained as much attention here as improved highways or a commuter rail line from downtown to Noblesville.
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Rokita says GOP redistricting plan not enough

November 13, 2009
Associated Press
Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita is pleased that state Senate Republicans have proposed changes to the way legislative districts are drawn, but he says they don't go far enough.
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IURC conducts review of Centennial's telecom serviceRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Every neighborhood has its battles, but the 1,017-resident Centennial subdivision in Westfield is embroiled in one of the most unusual: a very public fight over the adequacy of its phone, Internet and video service.
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Daniels announces more cuts as state revenue falls again

November 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels on Friday announced a series of spending cuts and other steps designed to offset a continuing multimillion-dollar decline in state revenues. If the trend continues without spending cuts, he said, Indiana's reserves would be wiped out by next August.
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Education cuts could be coming, state schools chief says

November 5, 2009
Associated Press
Indiana's school chief warned school superintendents Thursday that declining state revenues could force cuts in public education spending, education officials said.
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Military firm could create 500 jobs at former chemical site

November 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Telic Corp., a developer and manufacturer of United States military equipment, announced Thursday it will invest more than $1.2 million in the former Newport Chemical Depot in western Indiana, creating up to 500 jobs.
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Ohio casino question could affect Indiana

November 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Ohio voters are poised to weigh in on a ballot question that would authorize casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.
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Governor still mulling creation of new Indiana 'heritage' agencyRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The idea of merging the State Library, Indiana State Museum and several other history-related entities into one new agency is still on the table, a state representative said.
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State rejects high bid for 19-acre parcel near downtown

October 30, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indiana Finance Authority declined to sell a 19-acre development parcel between the White River and Fall Creek near downtown Indianapolis after it received only two bids at an auction Thursday.
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New IT firm to create 400 jobs in Kokomo

October 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Zuna Infotech will locate in Kokomo's Inventrek Technology Park, a high-tech business incubator and state-certified technology park.
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State jobless rate dips for third consecutive month

October 21, 2009
Scott Olson
Unemployment in Indiana fell for the third consecutive month in September, bucking the national trend of rising jobless rates, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Wednesday morning.
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Funding cut jeopardizes popular Indiana Artisan programRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A state-run program aimed at boosting business for local artisans—ranging from painters to syrup makers—and turning them into a draw for tourists is in jeopardy because of dramatic funding cuts.
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Governor to merge state museum into new agency

October 16, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is planning to merge the Indiana State Museum, 12 historic sites and state library under one new agency, according to sources close to the museum.
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