Government & Economic Development

GOP governors group names Daniels policy chairman

November 30, 2011
Associated Press
Daniels' policies have frequently been emulated by other Republican governors including Wisconsin' Scott Walker and Ohio's John Kasich.
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Indiana Republicans push drug tests for welfare money

November 30, 2011
Associated Press
Two Indiana Republicans want welfare recipients to pass drug tests before they can receive benefits but similar measures have run up against Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.
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After hiking taxes, Illinois now considers easing them

November 30, 2011
Associated Press
Less than a year after raising personal and corporate income taxes, Illinois officials are pushing a $250 million package of tax breaks for several prominent businesses threatening to leave for more tax-friendly states, including Indiana.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Council prez takes 11th-hour run at ban, redistricting

November 30, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Vaughn_watch VideoWhy is Ryan Vaughn ending his tenure as City-County Council president with two hot-button proposals? Can he get the votes for a stronger smoking ban? How does he react to a call for his removal?
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Bond banks in Indiana, other states boost sales

November 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
State municipal-bond banks in Indiana, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire plan to issue about $190 million in debt this week, as smaller communities seek to take advantage of 10-year interest rates near a six-week low.
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Commission slaps judge over fundraising solicitation

November 30, 2011
Michael W. Hoskins
Judge Rebekah Pierson-Treacy received the admonishment after an August fundraising solicitation sparked controversy.
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States suing over health care law collect funding

November 29, 2011
Associated Press
Federal officials announced Tuesday they are awarding more money to help states carry out President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Seven states that are suing to overturn the landmark law are also on the list for funding.
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Indiana retailers making push for online sales tax

November 29, 2011
Associated Press
A new coalition of Indiana retailers is planning a lobbying push aimed at convincing state lawmakers to force online businesses to collect the state's 7-percent sales taxes from customers.
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Feds reject Indiana request for health care exemption

November 28, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday rejected Indiana's bid for an exemption from federal health care overhaul rules that require insurers selling policies to individuals to essentially dedicate 80 percent of the premiums they collect to medical care.
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SEC accuses Positron CEO of misleading investors

November 28, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Regulators allege CEO Patrick G. Rooney diverted millions of dollars from a hedge fund into the struggling Fishers company without investors' knowledge.
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JONES: Patent reform is mixed bag for life sciences companiesRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Kristin Jones / Special to IBJ
For Indiana's life sciences sector, the change both raises hopes and creates challenges for continued growth.
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Develop Indy and partner will focus on small business supportRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Business Ownership Initiative of Central Indiana focuses on one-on-one counseling, capital access.
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Judge allows class in suit against state tort law

November 23, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker has certified the victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse as a single class in a lawsuit challenging a law that caps the state's liability at $5 million. However, she concluded the plaintiffs are unlikely to win the challenge.
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Study: State loses millions annually in online sales taxes

November 22, 2011
Scott Olson
The report from the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute says the state loses $40 million to $114 million every year in sales tax revenue from sales to online retailers such as Amazon.
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State unemployment rate inches up to 9 percent

November 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indiana's jobless rate rose to 9 percent in October, up from 8.9 percent the previous month, marking the fifth straight month the state's unemployment rate has risen.
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Indiana Legislature set for new right-to-work fight

November 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says that passing a contentious right-to-work proposal will be his top priority during the coming legislative session.
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Indiana voucher memo confuses, concerns districts

November 20, 2011
Associated Press
A memo that sparked concern among Indiana's school districts by saying they would begin losing funding this month under the state's new private school voucher law was sent "prematurely" a state education official says.
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Mass Ave deal's brokerage fee raising eyebrowsRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Cory Schouten
A real estate brokerage picked by the city to spearhead redevelopment of a prime Mass Ave parcel occupied by the Indianapolis Fire Department stands to collect a million-dollar-plus payday if it closes the deal.
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Passengers likely would shoulder chunk of transit system costsRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Federal transit data suggests passenger fares would generate about one-fourth of the money needed to operate a suburban rail and expanded bus system proposed for the region.
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State lets Occupy Indy protesters keep small camp

November 17, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana officials are declaring détente with Occupy Indy demonstrators after the protesters removed much of their camping equipment from the Statehouse lawn.
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Occupy Indy protesters ordered to clear out camp

November 16, 2011
Associated Press
State officials gave Occupy Indy protesters 24 hours to remove their tents, sleeping bags and other camping accessories from the Statehouse lawn and warned there could be arrests Thursday should anybody resist the efforts to remove the items.
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Indiana Legislature taking 2-day break for Super Bowl

November 16, 2011
Associated Press
Demand for hotel rooms will make it difficult for some out-of-town lawmakers to find at hotel rooms or long-term residences in Indianapolis.
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Agency endorses big cut to state horse racing’s $58M subsidy

November 16, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indiana Inspector General recommends in a report that the annual subsidy paid to the state's horse racing community be reduced by more than half, to $28 million.
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City-County Council Republican to propose tougher smoking ban

November 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The Republican president of the City-County Council in Indianapolis says his party plans to introduce an expanded smoking ban that would take effect before the Super Bowl.
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Homeless advocates pitch local sales-tax hike

November 15, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
CHIP, the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, said it wants Marion County taxpayers to create a permanent, dedicated source of funding for housing and services.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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