Government

Governor's attorney mulling run for county prosecutor

January 28, 2010
Scott Olson
Mark Massa, attorney for Gov. Mitch Daniels, is "considering" running for Marion County prosecutor as the Republican candidate. The leader of the party in the county said he would be "ecstatic" if he would.
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Indiana Senate panel approves school-start-date bill

January 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The committee endorsed legislation that would prevent the state's public schools from starting classes before Labor Day.
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House lawmakers put statewide smoking ban on hold

January 25, 2010
Associated Press
The bill, would ban smoking in public places statewide except casinos and pari-mutuel horse racing venues.
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New library standards to enhance online access

January 25, 2010
Associated Press
Hoosiers will have more access to the Internet and to public library materials across the state under a new set of standards adopted by the Indiana State Library and Historical Board.
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ISTA scandal could limit union's influence, sway electionRestricted Content

January 23, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
A securities-fraud case Secretary of State Todd Rokita brought against the union last month could make matters worse for the already hobbled ISTA, blunting its ability to help elect Democrats in November.
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Indiana GOP wants to block federal health reform mandates

January 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Republicans in the Legislature have joined their counterparts in 25 other states in trying to prevent key aspects of reform from taking effect in Indiana.
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Senate bill would snuff out Indiana's smoking-cessation agency

January 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Anti-tobacco advocates worry cost-cutting move could seriously diminish state's efforts to curb Hoosier tobacco use.
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Indiana businesses are welcoming investment from ChinaRestricted Content

January 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Some observers see a parallel to the state's seeking Japanese investment following recession in the early 1980s.
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Bill on Sunday microbrewery sales clears Senate

January 22, 2010
Associated Press
The bill would limit the amount of Sunday carryout sales from Indiana microbreweries to about three cases per transaction.
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Property tax caps heading to Indiana voters

January 19, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has given final approval to a proposal that would allow voters to decide whether property tax limits belong in the state constitution.
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Daniels to tout state's relatively solid position in address

January 19, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will deliver the annual State of the State address Tuesday night at 7 p.m. before a joint session of the Indiana House and Senate.
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City revamping management of parking operations

January 15, 2010
Scott Olson
The city of Indianapolis is seeking to consolidate management of its parking operations into a single, long-term lease that could net it tens of millions of dollars to make street and sidewalk repairs. City leaders are expected to release a request for proposals "soon."
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City leaders getting aggressive about recouping tax breaks

January 14, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said the city expects to recover $5.5 million from companies that failed to meet job requirements. The city will use the money to fund economic development, convention, tourism and education efforts.
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City to bolster economic development funding

January 13, 2010
Scott Olson
Mayor Greg Ballard expected to announce at his State of the City address Wednesday evening that the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association and Indianapolis Economic Development Inc. could receive about $1 million each from the city.
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Indiana Senate OKs bill to delay jobless-tax hikes

January 12, 2010
Associated Press
The Senate has approved a bill delaying unemployment-tax increases on businesses for a year, but the legislation may face hurdles in the Democrat-led House.
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Study: Urban tax money subsidizes rural counties

January 12, 2010
Scott Olson
A report from the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute says metropolitan counties pay more in state taxes than they receive in benefits. The results, though not surprising,  document the disparity for the first time in Indiana.
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Bill could pave way for Indiana nuclear power plantsRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The word “nuclear” isn’t even mentioned, but Senate Bill 69 is a virtual launch code for reviving attempts at commercial nuclear power in Indiana.
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Venue-management titans emerge as CIB front-runners

January 9, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Experts say a unique four-way partnership that includes the Pacers and Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association may be the favorite to run the city's sports and convention venues.
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City's plan to raise money with sponsorships takes wing with KFCRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Mayor Greg Ballard this month rolled out the first of what he hopes will be 10 to 15 city sponsorship and advertising deals this year, with the aim of saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
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Lucas Oil Stadium lease for Final Four is on CIB's front burner

January 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Greg Shaheen, NCAA senior vice president of basketball and business strategies, said the deal needs tweaking because Lucas Oil Stadium was in the conceptual stages when Indianapolis won the bid to host the 2010 Final Four.
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Indianapolis Economic Development reports healthy 2009 job attraction, retention numbers

January 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The organization responsible for attracting new businesses to Marion County and helping companies already located here with expansion secured 11,135 job commitments and $157 million in private investment from 45 companies in 2009.
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Big companies seek chance to bid on CIB privatization

January 8, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis receives a dozen responses to its proposal to privatize management of Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana Convention Center and, perhaps, Conseco Fieldhouse.
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Indiana pushes firms toward electric vehicles, but has few of its ownRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Chris O'Malley
State government hasn’t put much money toward becoming a leader among states integrating hybrids into their massive vehicle fleets.
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Fairgrounds' digital billboard is exception to county banRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
Clear Channel Outdoor is building Marion County’s first full-size digital billboard along Fall Creek Parkway on the grounds of the Indiana State Fair. The first message might as well be: Take that, Indianapolis!
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Assessor predicts 2010 property tax bills will be on time

December 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis property tax bills, paid in two installments due in May and November, should be sent without delay for the first year since 2006.
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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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