Government & Economic Development

Mitchell departs state job for treasurer's race

July 28, 2014
Associated Press
Kelly Mitchell announced Friday she was leaving her job as an investment director in the state treasurer's office Aug. 1.
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Leg of I-69 project now due to open by end of 2015

July 27, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation now plans for Interstate 69 to reach Bloomington by the end of 2015, a year later than originally planned.
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Pence, Bayh, crowd 2016 field with questions

July 27, 2014
Associated Press analysis
In the 2016 political landscape, a pair of the state's political big dogs—Republican Gov. Mike Pence and former Democratic U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh—has potential candidates holding their breath and waiting on them.
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State eases into rollout of software in tax fixRestricted Content

July 26, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Department of Revenue is five to seven years from replacing the 1990s software that processes the bulk of the state’s tax dollars and that auditors cited in the wake of massive accounting errors.
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Carmel budget hawks want harder line on deals with developersRestricted Content

July 26, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The Carmel Redevelopment Commission’s 2014 revenue is estimated to exceed expenses by less than $100,000—a narrow margin for an agency with annual debt payments totaling $17.5 million. By 2037, debt could outpace tax proceeds by a total of $43 million, according to projections released this month by a consultant.
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Carmel residents balk at sewer-overflow tank planned next to church

July 25, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
The Clay Township Regional Waste District has made a $106,800 offer to King of Glory Church to buy land for the above-ground tank, which would be the size of a one-story McMansion.
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Obama wants limits on U.S. company mergers abroad

July 24, 2014
Associated Press
President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded "economic patriotism" from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers.
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Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance

July 24, 2014
Associated Press
Federal researchers predict that about 4 million people, including dependents, could be hit with fines by 2016.
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Indiana receives 245 children caught at U.S. border

July 24, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. is battling a surge in the number of unaccompanied children who have been fleeing violence in Central America and crossing into the U.S. because they believe they will be allowed to stay.
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Feds scrutinize Indiana for Medicaid backlog

July 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
More than 80,000 Hoosiers had their applications for the Medicaid health benefits stuck in a backlog in May, prompting the federal government to launch a special review next week.
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Gay couples' lawyers object to full-court hearing

July 22, 2014
Associated Press
Attorneys on either side of a lawsuit over Wisconsin and Indiana's overthrown gay marriage bans are wrangling over how many federal judges should hear the states' appeal.
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Lawmakers approve pair of new license plates

July 22, 2014
Associated Press
A panel of state lawmakers on Tuesday approved license plates recognizing the Indy 500 and Abraham Lincoln under a new system clamping down on the number of special license plates on the road.
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Court nixes Obamacare subsidies for Indiana, 35 other states

July 22, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
The Obamacare tax credits that brought nearly $400 million to Indiana this year to help Hoosiers buy health insurance could go away after a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday they were illegal.
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Judge blocks ordinance aimed at I-69 work noise

July 21, 2014
Associated Press
Marion County Judge David Dreyer issued a temporary injunction Monday blocking a Monroe County ordinance that limited noise on the project between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
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Lowe's plans massive local call center, sources say

July 21, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Home improvement retail giant Lowe’s Companies Inc. plans to open a call center on the northwest side of Indianapolis that could employ as many as 1,000 workers, sources familiar with the deal said Monday.
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Indiana Democrats deal with education split

July 21, 2014
Associated Press analysis
The fighting has exposed a deep rift within the party over how students are educated.
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Prosecutors: Expungement law has good, bad sides

July 20, 2014
Associated Press
An Indiana law allowing some criminals to have their records expunged is drawing mixed reviews from judges and attorneys, who say parts of the law don't make sense.
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Competition soars at Indianapolis-area airportsRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Chris O'Malley
An airport near Zionsville is upping the ante for Indianapolis International Airport reliever fields.
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Suit tests INDOT policy of charging for highway repairsRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A trucking company is challenging the Indiana Department of Transportation’s authority to sue for damage to state property, a lawsuit that could affect thousands of motorists and millions of dollars in revenue.
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Indiana adds jobs, but unemployment inches up

July 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The state added 17,400 jobs to employer rolls in June, including a 7,400-worker boost in the government sectors. But a bump in residents returning to the labor force increased the unemployment rate.
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Security to be tight at Expo this weekend

July 18, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis officials are taking extra steps to ensure safety at Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration in a year that has seen a surge in homicides.
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State to scope downtown block for new offices, parking

July 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Office of Management and Budget will study a state-owned parcel just north of the Statehouse, potentially to house the judiciary and provide more legislative office space.
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Clock ticks on Wigwam's fate

July 18, 2014
Associated Press
Anderson officials say the city will take ownership of the iconic gym, but only if it has a binding agreement by Sept. 2 with a group to reopen the Wigwam.
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Candidates raise, spend little in quiet election cycle

July 18, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's 2014 election cycle may lack the marquee battles of two years ago, but candidates are still collecting dollars ahead of November's elections.
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Pence: Austerity steps needed despite big reserves

July 18, 2014
Associated Press
The governor's administration has told state agencies to hold back 4.5 percent of their funding for the current fiscal year despite the state's $2 billion in reserves.
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  1. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  2. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  3. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  4. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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