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WALDO: It’s inevitable that plans go wrognRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Charles Waldo / Special to IBJ
Years ago, Murphy observed, “If anything can go wrong, it will.” Murphy’s law has endured because, although we might chuckle, it rings of truth.
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PAULEY: Indianapolis is an education epicenter

March 9, 2013
Jane Pauley / Special to IBJ
A few years ago at a dinner in Washington, D.C., with some of the nation’s leading education reformers, one of them asked if I knew about The Mind Trust.
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HOLLENBERG: Deregulation has gone too farRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Cindy A. Hollenberg / Special to IBJ
As an environmental policy analyst, the governor’s ordering of a moratorium on environmental regulation concerns me. It should also concern Indiana residents and businesses.
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KISSINGER: That's not fair!Restricted Content

February 23, 2013
Pete Kissinger
A number of accusations on both sides in the 2012 elections were extrapolations rebroadcast out of context. I began to wonder if the very notion of fairness was worthy of study, or if the word had any substantive meaning beyond complexion and the weather.
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BARANOWSKI: Indy is a great city, except...Restricted Content

February 16, 2013
Grace Baranowski / Special to IBJ
It was my privilege to testify recently before the House Roads & Transportation Committee in support of House Bill 1011. I joined more than three dozen citizens, community leaders and elected officials to share our support for mass transit in central Indiana.
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ZAHN: Attack health problems the Indy WayRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Tamara Zahn / Special to IBJ
With all the talk about increasing health care costs, the Affordable Care Act and Hoosiers’ poor health standings, now is the time for Indianapolis to be bold and take action.
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MAGID: Invest in the ripple effectRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Julie Manning Magid / Special to IBJ
Competitive, growing public companies that develop job opportunities and invest in the needs and resources of our community have a long-standing ripple effect.
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HINCKLEY: Fads undermine school reformRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Peggy Hinckley / Special to IBJ
Would you launch four or five initiatives in your business in a year? And then introduce three or four more the following year? Of course not!
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LANGELLIER: Pounce on this tech opportunityRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Mike Langellier / Special to IBJ
For several years, the national media and venture capital investment community have focused myopically on consumer Web and social Web companies like Facebook, Zynga, Groupon and others.
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CLARK: The fairness of marriageRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Micah Clark / Special to IBJ
Indiana defines marriage in a singular way—between a man and a woman. As I discussed the merits of this law recently with an opponent, his disagreement fell into two fundamental areas: fairness and civil rights.
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GUY: How to revive dying service clubsRestricted Content

December 29, 2012
John Guy
Despite evidence that change is necessary, some businesses, not-for-profits and associations cannot do it. An example is service clubs. The Indianapolis Jaycees, having had more than 400 members in 1976, appears to have canceled its telephone number. Zionsville Kiwanis ceased business in September.
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LIBMAN: Shrink unwieldy not-for-profit boardsRestricted Content

December 22, 2012
Steven Libman / Special to IBJ
As major arts institutions in central Indiana search for administrative leadership and financial stability, a logical question might be, what should be the role of the board for a not-for-profit organization?
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SWIECKI: New era for automotive investment?Restricted Content

December 15, 2012
Bernard Swiecki / Special to IBJ
From the mid 1980s through perhaps 2008, automotive investment in the Great Lakes region was driven by General Motors, Ford and Chrysler losing market share to competitors from Japan, Korea and Europe.
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GIGERICH: Need for leadership growing criticalRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Larry Gigerich
As a father of four (three of whom are about to become teenagers—yes, triplets), my wife and I are constantly talking to them regarding the importance of being a leader and making good choices.
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FORSELL: Knowing this, how shall I act?Restricted Content

December 1, 2012
David Forsell
Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a couple of terrific opportunities to reflect upon the deepest things in life. One opportunity came thanks to the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, of all things, and the other from a life-threatening disease.
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ROKITA: Sweeping tax reform long overdueRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
As I’ve traveled across Indiana and met with Hoosier employees, business executives and civic groups over the past two years, I’ve heard many stories about the complex, unfair nature of our federal tax code.
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SNYDER: An unnecessary barrier to entryRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Tom Snyder / Special to IBJ
A few months ago, I was visiting a friend in the hospital. As I observed the staff attending to him, I was impressed by the quality of care he received. It was clear he was in good hands.
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SCHMIDT: Proposed Mass Ave structure stirs design passionsRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Wayne S. Schmidt / Special to IBJ
While walking down a street in Prague recently, I made some observations. There were no potholes and no parking lots—just rows of buildings. Each building was five stories high, except one. That one had a much different façade and an angular design. It also was the building where people congregated. It was the building that captured the most attention and prompted the most discussion.
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FAENZI: Proposed Mass Ave structure stirs design passionsRestricted Content

November 8, 2012
Carol Faenzi
I am all for creating a thriving community, but imposing on everyone a large, flashing electronic screen does not come across as an invitation, but a distracting in-your-face visual shout that is at odds with the environment.
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SCHMIDT: Romney energy policy bestRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Dan Schmidt / Special to IBJ
Indiana is blessed with abundant energy resources. We have a 300-year supply of coal. A substantial part of the 214 million barrels of oil and 4.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Illinois Basin sits in southwestern Indiana. We have even more natural gas locked away as shale gas, coal bed methane and landfill gas.
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AHLRICHS: Turn up the heat on innovationRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Nancy Ahlrichs / Special to IBJ
Indiana is showing the first signs that innovation is becoming part of its brand. On Oct. 26 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 500 of Indianapolis’ most impassioned TEDx fans heard ground-breaking thought leaders discuss the challenges, innovations and future of design learning.
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STEINOUR: Midwest leads national recoveryRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Stephen D. Steinour / Special to IBJ
The real news is that the Midwest in general and Indiana in particular is bouncing back. In fact, the Midwest is not only resurgent—it is leading the national economic recovery.
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ANNALA: Improve transit for Ralph's sakeRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Ellen K. Annala / Special to IBJ
Let me tell you about Ralph. Ralph is among 78 percent of IndyGo riders who have no vehicle available, 65 percent who are employed, and 70 percent who earn less than $25,000 a year.
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TEASLEY: Extend clarity to vouchers, chartersRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Kevin Teasley / Special to IBJ
State schools superintendent Tony Bennett was right to celebrate the achievements of the past three years of his administration during his recent State of Education address. He made it clear that all Indiana schools are now a “school of choice” and that access to most any school is now an option for all Hoosiers.
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PERSON: Stand up for the ISO before it's too lateRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Sheldon Person / Special to IBJ
For three years, Indianapolis was the city I called home, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra was where I was proud to work. I am sad to learn not only of the serious problems the organization now faces, but also of the possibility that the Indianapolis community could lose one of its greatest assets.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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