Government & Economic Development

Gun bill advances without exemption for Indy venues

April 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Capital Improvement Board, which runs the Indiana Convention Center and the city’s professional sports venues, had hoped to get an exemption to Senate Bill 292, which pre-empts local governments from creating their own rules about where people can carry guns.
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Indiana redistricting plan appears to benefit GOP

April 11, 2011
Associated Press
Republicans who control the Indiana General Assembly on Monday released proposed new maps for the state's nine congressional and 150 legislative districts, which seem to point toward solidifying GOP gains in the Statehouse.
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Proposal aims to keep students from inadequate teachers

April 11, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana students wouldn't be stuck with poor-performing teachers for two years in a row under changes House lawmakers are considering to a bill requiring annual teacher evaluations.
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Parties near deal for hospital tax

April 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
Officials from Indiana Medicaid and a hospital trade group are trying to craft a deal that would create a tax on hospitals that would help attract more federal funds for hospitals—thereby offsetting looming cuts in state payments.
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Plan shifts Indiana GOP areas to Donnelly's district

April 11, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate Election Committee on Monday released proposed new district maps for Indiana's nine congressional and 50 state Senate districts.
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Indiana lawmakers to consider big education proposals

April 11, 2011
Associated Press
A House committee is expected to consider Daniels' proposal for teacher merit pay on Monday, and a Senate committee could vote on the Republican governor's controversial plan for private school vouchers on Wednesday.
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Retailers push for online sales taxes

April 9, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indiana’s retail lobby is pushing the state to follow a growing number of states passing laws to require online retailers to collect sales tax from customers.
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Indianapolis tech experts talk about the local industryRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
In a question-and-answer forum, leaders weigh in on topics ranging from tech transfer to the future of Aprimo.
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Controversial legislation could lead to truck-only toll lanes on I-70

April 9, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Truck-only toll lanes along Interstate 70 are among potential projects that could result from a controversial bill that would allow the governor to authorize toll roads without an OK from the Legislature.
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Mayor's charter schools director to leave

April 8, 2011
J.K. Wall
Karega Rausch will become the Indianapolis director of Stand for Children, an Oregon-based not-for-profit that pushes education reform through grass-roots organizing and legislative lobbying.
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Indiana Democrat fighting fines for walkout

April 8, 2011
Associated Press
Democrats who boycotted the Indiana House for five weeks are receiving smaller stipends because fines incurred during their walkout are being deducted from their checks, but at least one Democrat is fighting the process.
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Indiana March revenues come in more than expected

April 8, 2011
Associated Press
The state took in $977.2 million in March, up $69 million, or 8 percent, from the same month a year ago.
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Judge sends election dispute back to recount panel

April 7, 2011
Associated Press
A judge ruled Thursday that Democrats may have a valid argument in challenging whether Republican Secretary of State Charlie White should be kicked out of office, but said the issue should be decided by a state election recount commission.
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Indiana House speaker questions immigration crackdown

April 7, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's Republican House speaker said Thursday he had concerns about aspects of a proposal calling for an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration moving through the Legislature.
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Obama cancels visit to Indiana factory

April 7, 2011
Associated Press
President Barack Obama was scheduled to pay a Friday visit to Allison Transmission, a supplier plant that makes transmission systems for hybrid vehicles.
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Lawmakers still at odds over alcohol ID age requirement

April 7, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana legislators are disagreeing about how old someone should look before they have to provide identification when buying alcohol.
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U.S. attorney sues GOP donor over unpaid trading penalty

April 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The federal government is suing a former Indianapolis businessman and major Republican donor to collect a $600,000 federal penalty for commodities trading violations.
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UPDATE: City chooses manager for Velodrome, park

April 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Marian University will assume management of the Major Taylor Velodrome and the surrounding Lake Sullivan Sports Complex under a partnership announced Thursday morning by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.
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City considering abatement terminations, continuances

April 7, 2011
Scott Olson
Five companies are set to have their tax breaks terminated or continued as the city attempts to update the state of the benefits that date to the previous administration.
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Tax breaks approved for bioanalytical lab operator

April 7, 2011
The Metropolitan Development Commission on Wednesday preliminarily approved Advion BioServices Inc.'s request for a tax abatement to build a laboratory at Purdue Research Park in Indianapolis.
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Challenger alleges misconduct in Westfield mayoral race

April 6, 2011
J.K. Wall
Russell Cameron, who is challenging Westfield Mayor Andy Cook in a May 3 Republican primary, accused Cook’s deputy mayor of improperly using his position and city resources to campaign for Cook’s reelection.
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Judge hears arguments in White election challenge

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
Attorneys for Democrats and Republican Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White accused each other's clients of political manipulation during a Wednesday hearing.
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Indiana Senate panel votes down proposed smoking ban

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate Public Policy Committee voted 8-1 Wednesday against the bill that had exemptions for casinos, bars, fraternal clubs, smoke shops and nursing homes.
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Tax caps lead to painful budget cuts in some counties

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana homeowners and businesses have seen their tax bills cut by more than $655 million since the General Assembly approved property tax caps in 2008. But the savings have been tough for some local governments.
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Judge to hear argument in White election challenge

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
A Marion County judge is set on Wednesday to weigh whether Republican Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White is legally qualified to serve in the office to which he was elected in November.
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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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