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. PJ - Mall operators like Simon, and most developers/ land owners, establish individual legal entities for each property to avoid having a problem location sink the ship, or simply structure the note to exclude anything but the property acting as collateral. Usually both. The big banks that lend are big boys that know the risks and aren't mad at Simon for forking over the deed and walking away.

  2. Do any of the East side residence think that Macy, JC Penny's and the other national tenants would have letft the mall if they were making money?? I have read several post about how Simon neglected the property but it sounds like the Eastsiders stopped shopping at the mall even when it was full with all of the national retailers that you want to come back to the mall. I used to work at the Dick's at Washington Square and I know for a fact it's the worst performing Dick's in the Indianapolis market. You better start shopping there before it closes also.

  3. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  4. If you only knew....

  5. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

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