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DEBOY: Let’s fix our leaky water pipesRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Alan DeBoy / Special to IBJ
As challenging as developing and preserving water supplies for the next 50 years might be, as identified recently in a water resources study by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, another significant challenge looms just as large for most water utilities.
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HOOPER: Ritz didn’t politicize public educationRestricted Content

August 23, 2014
Glenda Ritz isn’t responsible for politicizing education policy. That distinction goes to her predecessor, Tony Bennett, the Republican she unseated two years ago.
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LAMKIN: Tax tips for a reform-minded PenceRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
Ned Lamkin
Determining governmental and tax structures is a major responsibility of state government. But, as we proceed into the 21st century, it is important to note that the size, density and distribution of our population have changed over the last 1-1/2 centuries.
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JOSEPH: Small businesses must grow upRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
Hannah Kaufman Joseph
Many businesses that were started in the recession are growing up. And while those businesses are probably tougher and nimbler than their competition, they are still a lot younger than they look.
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PARENT: Trading a keyboard for a chalkboard

August 2, 2014
Tawn Parent
I decided that perhaps the most important thing I could do as a teacher was to make my classroom “a land of hope,” where the possibility of a better future seems very real indeed.
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BAGGOTT: Startup investing for the little personRestricted Content

July 26, 2014
Chris Baggott / Special to IBJ
As many people know, ExactTarget started in a small room in Greenfield back in 2000 and grew into a global company with thousands of employees, an initial public offering and a $2.7 billion buyout by Salesforce.com.
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BROWNING: How to fix Broad Ripple

July 19, 2014
Jamie Browning / Special to IBJ
It is a tragedy that the senseless shootings in Broad Ripple earlier this month might define one of the most important destination districts in Indianapolis.
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BRINEGAR: Indiana is still progressing too slowlyRestricted Content

July 12, 2014
Progress is a word with very positive connotations. The mantra seems to be: If we’re making progress, we can avoid criticism for not taking action.
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Stats don't tell full story

July 12, 2014
Kudos to Richard Gunderman and Mark Mutz for their [June 23 Viewpoint]. Their points are spot on. I’ve seen the power of inspirational leadership and the subsequent production that can be achieved. By contrast, I’ve seen the negative effect number worship has on the morale and integrity of a team.
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MOSELEY: A new way to finance collegeRestricted Content

July 5, 2014
We need a fundamentally new approach to financing college education. Price resistance and over-reliance on student loans are not going away.
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PHILLIPS: Indiana is lab of life sciences innovationRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
Indiana is in the midst of a revolution and it’s not what you think. It’s not politics, open-wheel racing or even basketball. This revolution is about creating a sustainable health care model for personal wellness and economic growth.
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GUNDERMAN; MUTZ: We’re now worshipping numbersRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
“You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” It is difficult to think of an adage more universally endorsed in business, government, not-for-profits and throughout our culture. Every enterprise wants to demonstrate its success through measurable outcomes—whether reduced wait times in the Veterans Administration health system, increased student test scores in the Atlanta public school system, or profits in a business.
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BRENNER: Making Brookside neighborhood the next big thingRestricted Content

June 7, 2014
Bryan Brenner / Special to IBJ
A couple of weeks ago, as my 14-year-old daughter, Caroline, prepared for her final days as an Oaks Academy student, she wrote, “The Oaks Academy has taught me to work hard, not because you have to but because you want to.”
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MUTZ: Growth is answer to GOP agendaRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
John Mutz / Special to IBJ
It’s time for Republicans to stop playing defense on President Obama’s agenda and implement our own pro-growth agenda that solves the country’s biggest problems—the economy and jobs—then reap the political rewards.
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HETRICK: The risk of living and learning in silos

May 24, 2014
Confession: 25 years ago, during my lunch breaks, I began listening to a newly syndicated radio talk show. The host, Rush Limbaugh, was anathema to everything I believe. But while his opinions were outrageous, his delivery was delectable.
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GROSS: Toward a more welcoming IndianaRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
Annette Gross / Special to IBJ
As co-president of Indianapolis Parents, Families, Friends & Allies of Lesbians and Gays, I hear stories of heartbreak as mom after mom tell me about their children leaving because they do not feel welcome in Indiana. We as moms want to be together as a family during important times. However, because our children are moving out at such a feverish pace we miss out on so much.
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KEY: End the end-runs around public businessRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
Steve Key / Special to IBJ
Technology that makes a vast amount of public records available with a few keystrokes can also make monitoring government actions more difficult for Hoosiers.
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LEE: A path toward better health care

May 3, 2014
David Lee
Lost in all the rhetoric about the Affordable Care Act—website glitches, recriminations and cries for “repeal and replace”—it’s easy to forget the near-universal agreement that today’s health care environment is fragmented and inefficient.
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FRIEDMAN: Tax cuts undermine prosperityRestricted Content

April 26, 2014
Shaw Friedman / Special to IBJ
State Sen. Brandt Hershman, key sponsor of the reduction in state corporate and bank taxes, is still insisting that more business tax cuts are the way to prosperity.
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HENDERSON: Why we should halt tax abatementsRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
Tom Henderson
It’s time to rein in the tax abaters. If the business plan succeeds only if you can avoid or abate taxes, then it’s a bad plan.
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LANNAN: Cash could swing sprawling Fishers mayor's raceRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Larry Lannan / Special to IBJ
A large amount of money is pouring into the Republican primary election for the mayor of Fishers. Don’t be swayed by the amount of money a campaign has raised.
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FULGHAM: Beyond the public school culture warsRestricted Content

April 5, 2014
Nicole Baker Fulgham / Special to IBJ
It’s time to begin engaging public schools in ways that help ensure all children reach their God-given potential.
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LEARNER: Vehicle-miles tax would roll HoosiersRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Howard Learner / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis is striving to become an electric-vehicles center. Gas tax revenue is declining, though, as people drive less and as more fuel-efficient new cars require filling up less at the pump. That saves people money, reduces pollution and lessens America’s imports of foreign oil.
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MURTLOW: Business rallied for kids at StatehouseRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Ann Murtlow
Education. Work-force development. Quality child care. The war on poverty. Crime. Economics. These are all familiar words and phrases used readily by policymakers, business leaders and child advocates. But rarely have the concepts been more tightly intertwined into good state policy than they were during this session of the General Assembly.
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GUY: Don’t run education like a businessRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
John Guy / Special to IBJ
Disagreements about education reform result from conflicting models: the business model and the social model. Governors such as Daniels and Pence, reflecting their backgrounds and support structures, tend toward the business model. Superintendent Ritz, with almost 35 years as a teacher/communications coordinator in elementary schools, is more aligned with the social model.
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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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