Government & Economic Development

UPDATE: Amtrak angles to keep control of Hoosier State route

October 1, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A little-used, delay-plagued passenger rail line from Indianapolis to Chicago has become a battleground, as Amtrak tries to fend off competition invited by the Indiana Department of Transportation.
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Pair of top Pence aides leaving administration

October 1, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday that personnel director Anita Samuel and former workforce development commissioner Scott Sanders are exiting their positions.
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Indiana AG proposes home contractor registry

September 30, 2014
Associated Press
Attorney General Greg Zoeller wants Indiana lawmakers to approve a state registry for home-remodeling contractors to boost consumer protections against would-be scammers.
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Indiana casinos want wagering, admission taxes cut

September 30, 2014
Associated Press
A legislative committee is weighing requests from Indiana casino operators to reduce the state's wagering tax rates and eliminate the $3 admission tax for everyone who enters a riverboat, even if not gambling.
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High demand for road salt pushes costs up for state, city

September 29, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Department of Public Works will pay 11.5 percent more for road salt this winter than it did a year ago. Salt prices on regional bids across the state are now an average of 57 percent higher than last year's prices, according to INDOT.
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Tax caps have greatest impact for rental-property, farm owners

September 29, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The owners of rental homes and apartments are among the property owners that are helped most by a tax cap system the state fully implemented in 2010.
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Coalition announces legislative agenda aimed at public fraud

September 29, 2014
 The Statehouse File
A group of officials representing local, state and federal governments will push a series of legislative proposals meant to protect public funds and speed the recovery of tax dollars lost to fraud.
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Former workers file suit against state lawmaker

September 28, 2014
Associated Press
A state lawmaker who was one of nine Republican state senators to vote against a right-to-work law two years ago is accused in a lawsuit of failing to pay his employees more than $220,000 in wages and other benefits.
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Camp Atterbury ready for large groups of soldiers

September 28, 2014
Associated Press
With more beds and railroad tracks serving Camp Atterbury, the facility will be able to train some of the largest groups of soldiers since World War II. Now Camp Atterbury has to market itself across the nation to make the most of the new facilities.
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State turns to tech for deeper, speedier data analysis

September 28, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Former Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldsmith is hailing a new government management system adopted by Indiana that can better use troves of government data and predict how tax dollars should be allocated.
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The Interview Issue: Joseph Kernan

September 27, 2014
Mickey Maurer
The former governor and South Bend mayor experienced harrowing years in prisoner of war camps in North Vietnam.
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The Interview Issue: Scott Pelath

September 27, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Democrat Scott Pelath, the minority leader in the House of Representatives, said he has an important role to play despite the dominance of the GOP.
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The Interview Issue: Christine Altman

September 27, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Chrstine Altman, president of the Hamilton County commissioners, believes central Indiana communities would be well-served by embracing other transportation options together.
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The Interview Issue: Scott Newman

September 27, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
Scott Newman is an attorney and former Marion County prosecutor whose second act included founding Strand Analytical Laboratories and Rock Steady Boxing. He’s married with three stepsons.
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Indiana's goal: Use data to reimagine education

September 26, 2014
Shaina Cavazos, Chalkbeat Indiana
IT entrepreneur Steve Braun, the new director of the Department of Workforce Development, is leading the effort to harness data to figure out what skills kids will need to succeed in the workplaces of the future.
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Access counselor doubts city's need for secrecy on RFP

September 26, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Public Access Counselor Luke Britt told the city of Indianapolis that he wasn't swayed by its reasons for withholding its request for proposals for a new $500 million criminal justice complex.
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Indiana unemployment agency wins anti-fraud grant

September 26, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is receiving nearly $1.5 million from the federal government to help catch those who collect unemployment payments while still working.
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Experts: Telemedicine can bridge mental health gap

September 25, 2014
Associated Press
Modern technology offers a way to deliver much-needed mental health care to rural sections of Indiana where little or none is available, experts told a legislative study committee Thursday.
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DeLaney asks for tougher rules after ethics conflict

September 24, 2014
Associated Press
An Indiana House Democrat is calling for a new ethics rule designed to close loopholes exposed by departing Republican House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner.
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Big-money donors play in quiet 2014 state election cycle

September 24, 2014
Associated Press
Campaign finance data collected by the state show that more than $35 million has been given to candidates and campaign committees so far this year.
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Indiana preschool pilot to begin in 4 counties

September 24, 2014
Associated Press
Four urban Indiana counties selected for a state-funded preschool pilot program will launch it in early 2015, officials said Wednesday during a day of meetings among state and local officials and educators.
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New area code on tap for Indianapolis region

September 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The telecommunications industry wants to add a new area code for the parts of central Indiana covered by 317. The bottom line for all residents: 10-digit dialing would be required for local calls.
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MacAllister Machinery plans $44.5 million headquarters

September 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The longtime Caterpillar dealer said the 300,000-square-foot project on 133 acres at 6300 Southeastern Ave.will create 70 jobs.
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State's way of paying public defenders debated

September 23, 2014
Associated Press
The state pays the salaries of its judges and prosecutors, but public defenders are paid by counties that are only partially reimbursed for their costs—an approach that some including the executive director of the Indiana Public Defender Council want to see changed.
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Indiana Toll Road operator set for short bankruptcy

September 23, 2014
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
The operator of the Indiana Toll Road, which paid $3.8 billion for a 75-year operating lease, won approval Tuesday of a schedule paving the way to exit bankruptcy court protection in just more than a month.
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