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: 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 session notable for minimal acrimonyRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
When partisanship did rear its head—Indianapolis Democrats charged a GOP “power grab” in negotiations over changes in Marion County government structure—it was not disruptive.
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FEIGENBAUM: Upbeat forecast paves way for final dealsRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
Prodding by legislative leaders and an epidemic of Hoosier common have led to compromises on contentious issues.
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FEIGENBAUM: GOP stranglehold hasn’t squelched debateRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
For a Legislature dominated by a Republican super-majority and with a Republican governor doing more now than just watching from the cheap seats, you should be surprised by the uncertainty over the shape—and even the fate—of several significant bills this late in the process.
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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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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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