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KHARBANDA: Fiscal hawks should fight new-terrain I-69Restricted Content

September 17, 2011
Jesse Kharbanda
Our organization recently released an economic analysis concluding that, over the next two years, Indiana will dedicate 23 percent of its available funding for highway construction, maintenance and repair to the new-terrain I-69 project.
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POULAKIDAS: Raise demands for city-county councilorsRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Kostas Poulakidas / Special to IBJ
Why is not our expectation that councilors come up with original ideas and solutions to the daily problems our communities face so we know they are qualified?
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WALTZ: It's past time for Congress to kill QuillRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Bill Waltz / Special to IBJ
It is important to remember that online sales taxes would not be a new tax. Sales taxes are currently owed on every retail purchase made over the Internet—they’re just not being paid.
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GUY: Who can blame harassed teachers for losing heart?Restricted Content

September 3, 2011
John Guy
An Indianapolis Public Schools teacher was overheard saying, “Why should I improve myself through advanced professional training when the state and its providers will fire me next year?”
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ETZKORN: 'Tsunami' of business sales coming soonRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Kevin Etzkorn/ Special to IBJ
More than half of all businesses are owned by baby boomers and, while they may be working past age 65, eventually they will retire.
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WHEELER: School transformation is making noiseRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Roderick Wheeler / Special to IBJ
In business, changes in the marketplace drive decisions to turn around a poor-performing business unit, division or entire company.
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KANNING: Improved productivity isn't good enoughRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Myron Kanning
The latest prolonged recession intensified the push for U.S. productivity gains.
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YOUNG: Why I voted for the debt reduction billRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Todd Young / Special to IBJ
The decision to support the debt limit package, the so-called Budget Control Act, was not an easy one, but one that should be regarded as a meaningful and responsible first step on the path back to economic health.
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KENNEDY: TIFs have gone from good idea to badRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
The Ballard administration is proposing to turn large swatches of the urban core into TIFs, robbing school districts and libraries of desperately needed revenue.
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THOMAS: Get thoughts in writing to keep your group's story straightRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
John B. Thomas / Special to IBJ
As you might guess, when I got the e-mailed responses, they didn’t support the contention that “everybody knows” the program’s objectives.
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NAGLE: Beware Indiana labor force losses over next 20 yearsRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Matt Nagle / Special to IBJ
Over the next 10 years, baby boomers will begin to retire en masse. By 2030, we can expect about 18 percent of Indiana’s population to be age 65 or older, up from 12 percent today.
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SLAUGHTER: The lowdown on why you can't find a jobRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Robby Slaughter
The greatest challenge in landing a new gig is making a tremendous shift in perspective.
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GARNER: Diversity leads to economic successRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Sanford Garner
Creativity comes not from the brilliance of one person, or a singular “ah ha” moment, but from a collision of ideas.
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KENNEDY: A regulatory no-brainer could save livesRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Cell phone users in the United States can’t choose to have radio on our phones because, when the ability to download first threatened the music industry’s business model, the carriers thought including broadcast radio would undermine their ability to sell music packages.
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JOSEPH: Is working for yourself or for others riskier?Restricted Content

June 25, 2011
Hannah Kaufman Joseph
In business ownership, individual performance is the key indicator of success.
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GUY: I have no predictions about the futureRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
John Guy
Those who try to predict the future do not tell us their track records, but they do ask us to buy their books.
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WHEELER: A case for improving city's balance sheetRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Roderick Wheeler / Special to IBJ
Education is an investment in which our city is expected to see a positive rate of return for every dollar invested and every degree earned.
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KENNEDY: We need to get our civics game onRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Right now, Americans are deeply involved in one of our periodic debates about government spending and the budget deficit. Important as that is, I am more concerned about our civic deficit—the widespread lack of basic constitutional literacy.
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HENDERSON: On power players and the future of kidsRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Tom Henderson
We expect IPS to take its students to the very pillars of academic success after thoroughly hog-tying them. It’s difficult to find more breathless insanity than this.
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DECKERS: What are customers tweeting about you?

May 21, 2011
Erik Deckers / Special to IBJ
Where were you when you first heard about Osama Bin Laden? Did you hear about it on Twitter and Facebook? On TV? Or did you see it on the front page of the morning paper, 10 hours after the rest of the world?
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SLAUGHTER: We need a remote-work revolution

May 14, 2011
Robby Slaughter
It turns out that, although we think of glass towers, cubicles and filing cabinets as the places where we go to accomplish something, the office is a terrible place to get anything done.
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GROSSMAN: Here we go again with 'blueprint to nowhere'

May 7, 2011
Peter Z. Grossman
For the umpteenth time since the early 1970s, a president of the United States has issued a plan for solving all our energy ills.
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KENNEDY: Legislature's bottom line is political

April 30, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Many Indiana citizens have been hit hard by the recession, and the General Assembly has reacted by kicking them while they’re down.
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CROWTHER: The future needs a Hoosier attitude

April 23, 2011
Michael Crowther
We need futurists, people with a sense of balance, people who want generations to come to be blessed with the same riches we grew up with.
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KHARBANDA: The case for a diverse energy policy

April 16, 2011
Jesse Kharbanda
Key utility executives and state legislators argue that Indiana’s power should come predominantly from coal and nuclear power.
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  1. 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.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. 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.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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