Government & Economic Development

Debt deal would have little impact on economy until 2014

August 1, 2011
Associated Press
The deal reached by Congress to raise the debt ceiling and cut more than $2 trillion in public spending should have only a minor impact on the economy for the next two years. Almost all the cuts would be made in 2014 or beyond.
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Indiana asks court to lift Planned Parenthood order

August 1, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana asked a federal appeals court Monday to lift a judge's order blocking parts of a new abortion law that cuts some public Planned Parenthood funding, saying the issue should be decided by Medicaid officials and not the courts.
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Debt deal gaining steam in Washington, D.C.

August 1, 2011
Associated Press
A crisis-conquering deficit-reduction agreement struck by the White House and congressional leaders after months of partisan rancor picked up momentum Monday.
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Daniels, at peace with presidential decision, running out clock

August 1, 2011
Bloomberg News
Indiana's Mitch Daniels has gone from considering a run for president to finishing out his second and last term as governor.
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Lugar: Norquist tax pledge, others hamper Congress

July 31, 2011
Associated Press
Sen. Richard Lugar is the only Republican in the state's Congressional delegation who hasn't signed Norquist's pledge, which requires the signer to "oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes."
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More life sciences firms opt to launch products in EuropeRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Maria LaMagna
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's growing reputation for unpredictability is spurring some Indianapolis companies to join counterparts elsewhere and introduce products in Europe. The upshot is that some Americans may never benefit from innovations occurring in their backyards.
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Indiana life sciences leaders look toward the futureRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Former Eli Lilly and Co. vice president Richard Dimarchi, BioCrossroads President David Johnson, angel investor Oscar Moralez and Purdue University Senior Vice President Alan Rebar discuss issues ranging from the depth of the life sciences industry in Indiana to venture capital and Purdue's Discovery Park.
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Senior housing project replacing retail center

July 29, 2011
Cory Schouten
A run-down former retail plaza along Lafayette Road south of 30th Street will be torn down to make way for a senior housing development.
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Police, health department busted by state environmental cops

July 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says an inspection of the State of Indiana Forensic and Health Sciences Lab found open jugs of hazardous materials during an inspection.
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Democrats appeal Indiana elections chief decision

July 29, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Democrats on Thursday appealed a decision allowing embattled Republican Secretary of State Charlie White to stay in office while he fights voter fraud charges.
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Experts tell state panel marijuana prohibition has failed

July 28, 2011
Associated Press
A state panel heard from a parade of experts Thursday as it began studying whether to legalize marijuana in Indiana or reduce criminal penalties on small amounts of the drug.
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State commerce chief backs right-to-work law

July 26, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's chief economic development officer told state lawmakers Tuesday that Indiana has lost deals to attract businesses because it lacks a right-to-work law.
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Nearly 100 Indiana post offices to undergo review

July 26, 2011
Associated Press
The financially-troubled U.S. Postal agency announced Tuesday that it will study more than 3,600 offices, branches and stations throughout the nation for possible closing.
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Housing agency buying its building for $2.1M

July 25, 2011
Scott Olson
The City-County Council's Metropolitan Development Commission is set to hear a proposal Monday evening to allow IHA to purchase its headquarters building at 1919 N. Meridian St.
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Indianapolis eyes TIF surplus to shore up city coffersRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city is considering ways to channel money captured for economic development in some of its 22 tax-increment-financing districts to units such as libraries and city-county government.
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City poised to rebrand, revamp Georgia Street

July 23, 2011
Cory Schouten
Community and business leaders are considering whether to change the name of a three-block portion of Georgia Street as part of a $12 million streetscape overhaul.
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Tech district could boost Indianapolis' convention businessRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association plans to attract more life sciences conferences.
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Mayoral foe: Utilities sale money should fund 'human capital'

July 22, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Democratic mayoral candidate Melina Kennedy unveiled a proposal Friday to set aside $150 million in proceeds from the sale of the city's water and sewer utilities to fund early education, crime prevention and job training.
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Indiana's unemployment rate ticks up to 8.3 percent

July 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
After remaining stagnant in April and May, the state's jobless rate rose one-tenth of a point in June.
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Birth control coverage required in U.S. health plan

July 19, 2011
Health insurers led by WellPoint Inc. would be required to cover birth control pills and devices at no cost to patients under the recommendation of a top U.S. scientific advisory board. .
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Lugar going on TV early in 2012 Senate race

July 19, 2011
Associated Press
Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar is attacking President Barack Obama and showing himself with former President Ronald Reagan in his first campaign ad in what will likely be a tough re-election contest.
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Indiana AG won't appeal immigration ruling

July 19, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he won't appeal a federal judge's decision to temporarily block part of a new state immigration law but will continue to fight against a ruling that would make the ban permanent.
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Former federal prosecutor plans run against Burton

July 19, 2011
Associated Press
Susan Brooks announced Tuesday she will challenge Dan Burton in the May 2012 Republican primary to represent Indiana's 5th District.
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City ready to take down 1,100 abandoned homes

July 18, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
With the sale of its water and sewer utilities cleared by regulators, the city of Indianapolis is preparing to deploy $15 million to $25 million in funds from the deal into tearing down abandoned houses.
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Notorious I-69 interchange slated for big upgradeRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Getting onto and off of Interstate 69 at the 116th Street exit has long been a nail-biting experience, but traffic planners are about to propose reconstruction to unplug the bottleneck.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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