Government & Economic Development

U.S. says new rules would cut thousands of coal jobs

January 26, 2011
Associated Press
The Obama administration's own experts estimate their proposal for protecting streams from coal mining would eliminate thousands of jobs and slash production across much of the country
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Scholarship bill raises questions about minors on campus

January 26, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
As Indiana lawmakers ponder a bill that would give high school students an incentive to graduate early, state university leaders are bracing for the possible impact—an influx of minors onto their campuses.
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Bill advances to set 40 as Indiana's alcohol ID age

January 26, 2011
Associated Press
The bill would change a much-ridiculed law that took effect last summer requiring everyone — regardless of age — to be carded for carryout alcohol.
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State senator: Should Indiana legalize marijuana?

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Sen. Karen Tallian, D- Portage, is sponsoring a bill that would direct the criminal law and sentencing study committee to examine Indiana's marijuana laws next summer and come up with recommendations.
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Illinois governor responds as states try to poach jobs

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Pat Quinn has a message for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and officials from other states trying to lure jobs from Illinois: Back off.
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Indiana House OKs bill to ban texting while driving

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana drivers would not be allowed to send or read text messages on mobile phones under legislation that cleared the Indiana House on Tuesday.
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Committee explores ways to reduce government

January 25, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Charging not-for-profits for government services, eliminating certain paper records and trimming how much counties pay to mental-health institutions are among the ways local officials say the cost of government could be reduced.
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State’s unemployment rate declines to 9.5 percent

January 25, 2011
The decline marks the third straight month that Indiana's unemployment rate has fallen, but private-sector jobs actually dropped in December.
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State lawmakers to take on unemployment insurance

January 24, 2011
Associated Press
Businesses with a history of laying off employees would pay more in unemployment insurance costs, and workers in industries where layoffs occur regularly would receive lower benefits under a bill Indiana lawmakers are preparing to take up.
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City offers another parks facility for lease

January 24, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indy Parks & Recreation officials on Monday issued a request for proposals from entities interested in leasing the Riverside Marina facility near 30th Street and White River Parkway.
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Some big bills on back burner in Indiana Legislature

January 23, 2011
Associated Press
Three weeks into Indiana's legislative session, Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma is touting the hard work being done on major issues. Democratic House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer contends the session is off to a slow start.
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Legislation seeks RFP option for selling state landRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Cory Schouten
The bill would allow the Indiana Department of Administration to sell real estate using a request for proposals, in addition to existing options for competitive bids or an auction.
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21st Century Fund pockets a payoff from saleRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The state’s principal fund investing in high-tech companies has reached a milestone—for the first time recouping all the money it granted an emerging company, and then some.
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City push on building codes draws gripesRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A vigorous effort by city officials to enforce building-safety codes has some concerned that it’s becoming tougher to revitalize older properties.
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Class size takes back seat in education debate

January 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
In his State of the State address, Gov. Mitch Daniels called class size "virtually meaningless" in determining which kids succeed.
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Michigan City snack-food baker adding up to 100 jobs

January 21, 2011
Hearthside Food Solutions says it will invest $3.8 million to expand its operations and hire new workers. The company bakes snack foods for such brands as Keebler, Nabisco and Kraft.
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Vote on North of South project's bond financing delayed

January 21, 2011
Scott Olson
The city's Economic Development Committee, which was set to vote on the downtown project's $98 million bond financing package on Tuesday, chose to wait until February after making a few changes.
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Bill would make Indiana schools start after Labor Day

January 19, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel said it makes sense to start school after Labor Day because families would have more summer vacation time together.
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State lobbying commission sidelines executive director

January 19, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Lobby Registration Commission placed Executive Director and general counsel Sarah Nagy on paid leave Monday, the day before a busy filing day for the state's lobbyists.
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Indiana House panel head expects few budget changes

January 18, 2011
Associated Press
The chairman of the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee says he expects the panel to make at most modest changes to Gov. Mitch Daniels' state budget proposal
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Lugar to seek re-election

January 18, 2011
Associated Press
Sen. Richard Lugar plans to return to Indiana on Friday for a major fundraiser in Carmel.
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Indiana officials hope to capitalize on Illinois’ tax woes

January 18, 2011
Scott Olson
Governor, economic development officials look to lure companies to Indiana that now may find doing business in Illinois too costly. But a few experts question whether the state will see any immediate benefits.
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Senator tries to fix Greenwood merger problems

January 18, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
State Sen. Brent Waltz hopes new legislation on local government mergers will mend fences in his home of Johnson County while saving other Indiana communities a series of headaches.
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Obama considers shedding rules that hurt job growth

January 18, 2011
Associated Press
The president planned to sign an executive order Tuesday telling federal agencies to look for rules that place an unreasonable burden on businesses.
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Indiana senator set to propose lower corporate tax

January 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Republican Sen. Brandt Hershman of Lafayette, who chairs the Senate Tax Committee, says Indiana's corporate income tax is seen as a hindrance to job creation.
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