Statehouse Dispatch

FEIGENBAUM: Big agenda awaits 2015 General AssemblyRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. The fact that snow stopped falling, temperatures started climbing, and tulips tentatively inched up from the frozen Hoosier tundra just as lawmakers left town actually has no direct connection to the end of the 2014 legislative session.
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FEIGENBAUM: Budget concerns push big ideas into next yearRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
Amazing how deadlines—particularly pushing them forward—can ensure compromise in the General Assembly’s conference committee process.
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FEIGENBAUM: Region has much at stake as session closesRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
Local governments have loudly fretted about the potential loss of tax dollars from a reduction or elimination of the business personal property tax, and raised concerns about forcing intrastate competitions for business relocations.
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FEIGENBAUM: Big week ahead for unfinished Pence agendaRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
March 3 and 4, respectively, mark the final days for third reading of Senate bills in the House, and third reading of House bills in the Senate. Those deadlines are a significant milestone, because we’re now finished with hearings by standing committees.
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FEIGENBAUM: Lawmakers press ahead on education issuesRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
The business community has turned a keen collective eye to a passel of bills that seek to improve education, including measures that would authorize Indianapolis Public Schools to enter into an agreement with a school-management team to establish innovative network schools, allow charter school support to be distributed at the organizer level; and create a career and technical education diploma.
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Much of ambitious legislative agenda remains aliveRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
Despite concerns that debating a constitutional amendment defining marriage would rip our state apart, that didn’t happen and the General Assembly has proven quite productive—as well as judicious in deciding what issues not to become entangled in during the “short” session.
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Lawmakers begin to shift focus beyond HJR 3Restricted Content

February 1, 2014
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Bosma’s collaborative style put to huge testRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
The House speaker has done his utmost to downplay the importance of the proposed same-sex marriage amendment within the context of the Republican agenda this year.
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Governor's State of the State address avoids the nitty-grittyRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
Pence emphasized job creation, early childhood education, and quality of life, and used his speech to fit his proposals into those silos.
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FEIGENBAUM: Pence's 'road map' puts Legislature in driver's seat

January 4, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
Each Hoosier governor brings his own style to his legislative agenda and relationship with the Indiana General Assembly.
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FEIGENBAUM: Plenty of issues for Republicans to parseRestricted Content

December 14, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
Marriage, education and child care are just some of the hot potatoes likely to receive debate.
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FEIGENBAUM: Statehouse looks to Pence and his mighty penRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
Indianapolis government bill among those the governor must decide to accept or reject.
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FEIGENBAUM: Legislative deadline spawns flurry of activityRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
In one 48-hour stretch early in the first week of April, lawmakers provided a truer lay of the session land than in all the days leading up to it.
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FEIGENBAUM: All eyes looking to crucial mid-April revenue forecastRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
We’re just a few short weeks from the mid-April revenue forecast, the critical non-political, non-policy factor that will shape the fiscal 2014-2015 budget—and a handful of other big-buck key bills.
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FEIGENBAUM: Geography, more than attitude, may shape fiscal debateRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
We learned just over a year ago that the veteran House fiscal leadership would be a vestige of the past when the 2013 session began.
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FEIGENBAUM: General Assembly is Senate-centric this termRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
Cynics might suggest the General Assembly really hasn’t accomplished much since convening in January. While that’s a tad unfair, the session does seem unusual.
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FEIGENBAUM: Battles yet to be fought over handful of divisive billsRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
We’ve made it halfway through the 2013 legislative session with much less in the way of figurative fisticuffs than in the last several sessions—for which the participants and observers seem grateful.
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FEIGENBAUM: Pence, lawmakers of both parties have played nice so farRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
As the General Assembly passes its first major milestone in the 2013 session—the final round of committee hearings in a bill’s chamber of origin—we’re picking up a few insights into the dynamics that likely will guide the remaining two months.
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FEIGENBAUM: Budget negotiations will center on education, health careRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
You’ve heard the talk that the bottom-line reason for the General Assembly to meet this year is to fashion a two-year budget that will carry the state through June 30, 2015.
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FEIGENBAUM: Pence quietly departing from Daniels' playbookRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
One month into the administration of Republican Gov. Mike Pence, you can hold one truth to be self-evident: He’s not the second coming of his predecessor, Mitch Daniels.
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FEIGENBAUM: Key issues still taking shape in LegislatureRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
Legislative events aren’t proceeding according to a recognizable formula so far, leaving the coming months difficult to predict.
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FEIGENBAUM: Key issues not illuminated in Pence addressRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
Many lawmakers and other observers had expected this year's State of the State speech to add key details to Gov. Mike Pence's roadmap—effectively serving as a GPS of sorts for lawmakers seeking to divine the route taken and the destinations visited on the journey promised on inauguration day.
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FEIGENBAUM: Range of non-fiscal issues may take center stageRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
While taxes and spending (and related work-force and economic development matters) will consume the bulk of legislative attention in coming months, several other major issues will dot—or blot—the agenda, and should bear your attention.
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FEIGENBAUM: Budget issues will drive almost every legislative debateRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
Now that you are no longer distracted by an Indianapolis Colts playoff drive (sigh), it’s time to get up to speed on the key issues the Indiana General Assembly will confront over the next four months.
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FEIGENBAUM: What does the 2013 session have in store for you?Restricted Content

January 5, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
The 2012 elections brought us a new Republican governor, a GOP House and Senate super-majority for the first time in a generation, and the first Democrat elected to a state office other than governor since 2000.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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