Government & Economic Development

UPDATE: Bill to limit Indiana environmental rules dies

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
A state senator has killed legislation that would bar Indiana environmental regulators from creating standards harsher than federal rules.
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House committee mulls corporate contribution to mass transit

February 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana House Ways and Means Committee is expected to vote Monday on a mass-transit bill and is considering an amendment that would require 10 percent of revenue to come from non-traditional sources.
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Chamber recommends IPS explore selling real estate

February 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Public Schools should immediately consider selling five of its buildings and work with IndyGo to transport students, according to a study by the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.
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Governors: Buzz about legalizing pot just smoke in most states

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
Colorado's governor is warning other state leaders against rushing to follow his lead to legalize recreational marijuana.
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Climate case at Supreme Court looks at EPA's power

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
The Obama administration is squaring off at the Supreme Court with industry groups and Republican-led states, including Indiana, over a small but important program aimed at limiting power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.
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New BMV class-action suit alleges drivers overcharged

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
Plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit could secure refunds for overcharges on vehicle registrations and other services if their suit succeeds. The suit follows on the heels of a similar legal battle fought last year.
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Potholes devouring municipal budgets locally, across U.S.

February 24, 2014
Bloomberg News
About three-fourths of U.S. states and many cities, including Indianapolis, have outspent their maintenance budgets dealing with the extreme weather.
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Two former IURC workers named to utility commission

February 24, 2014
Jessica Wray, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission openings generated heavy interest. Gov. Mike Pence added a second round of interviews in order to hear from 21 candidates.
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Delph gains names recognition in fight with own party

February 23, 2014
Associated Press analysis
When conservative state Sen. Mike Delph took to Twitter about gay marriage and ultimately lost his formal vestiges of power within the Senate Republican caucus, he gained something far more valuable in the world of politics.
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Pence won't rule out run for presidency

February 22, 2014
Jessica Wray, The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is leaving the door open on a potential 2016 presidential campaign.
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Fishers' mayoral candidates disagree on best growth strategyRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The six Republicans vying to be Fishers’ first mayor fall into two camps on the key issue of growth: those who support recent efforts to spur business activity downtown, and those who advocate a more hands-off approach.
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Doubt over how to run effective preschools derailed billRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
Sen. Luke Kenley scuttled a pilot program of state-funded preschool vouchers for low-income families on Feb. 19, instead sending it to a summer committee to investigate 10 questions he said will help make sure Indiana launches a worthwhile program.
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Indy Eleven says new stadium crucial for long-term successRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The Indy Eleven won’t play its first game for nearly seven weeks. But officials with the North American Soccer League franchise say there’s already an urgent need to plow ahead with building the team an $87 million stadium.
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Mayor wants to lure high-earners to boost income-tax baseRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard's chief deputy has spent the past six months telling community and business leaders that the city simply cannot cut its way out of its revenue problems; it also needs to attract more people to live within city boundaries so they will pay their income tax to Indianapolis.
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FEIGENBAUM: Lawmakers press ahead on education issuesRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
The business community has turned a keen collective eye to a passel of bills that seek to improve education, including measures that would authorize Indianapolis Public Schools to enter into an agreement with a school-management team to establish innovative network schools, allow charter school support to be distributed at the organizer level; and create a career and technical education diploma.
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Panel gives Pence half of his $400M road-funding request

February 20, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The reduction, led by Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley, was a partial blow to one of the governor's key legislative goals.
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House committee helps Indy Eleven stadium project

February 20, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Ways and Means Committee voted 18-2 Thursday afternoon in favor of a bill that would facilitate a new downtown soccer venue.
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Homeowners in flood zones fear insurance spike

February 20, 2014
Associated Press
Steep increases are being felt from south Louisiana to New England to Columbus, Ind., are required by the Biggert-Waters Reform Act of 2012. That legislation, signed by President Obama two years ago, set into motion a process designed to start shaving down the flood insurance system's mounting deficit.
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Ex-Chase chief to lead state banking agency

February 20, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Denny Bassett's appointment to the department that regulates state banks comes just a few months after his retirement as Indiana chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co.
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House committee votes to nix Common Core

February 20, 2014
Associated Press
The full House now will consider the controversial proposal to opt out of federal standards and allow Indiana to make its own benchmarks for preparing students for college and careers after high school.
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Bill roundup: State fair alcohol, digital privacy and more

February 20, 2014
A committee nearly unanimously approved a measure clearing the way for alcohol sales at the Indiana State Fair. Another committee unanimously passed a bill that would expand privacy laws to accommodate the increased use of digital technology.
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Indy officials work to strengthen rental-property inspection bill

February 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A proposal under consideration by the Legislature would curb rental-property inspection programs, but local officials worked with its author to let cities set up landlord registries.
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Prosecutors want to keep $3.4M from El Rodeo raids

February 19, 2014
Associated Press
Civil forfeiture lawsuits have been filed in Tippecanoe and Marion counties, accusing the Mexican restaurant owners and others involved with the businesses of illegally obtaining the money.
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Dunham's $30M expansion in Marion to create 135 jobs

February 19, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The sporting good retailer, which has more than 200 stores in 17 states, will consolidate distribution into a new, 735,000-square-foot building.
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Business equipment tax headed toward delay

February 18, 2014
Associated Press
Lawmakers considering a cut to Indiana's tax on business equipment might leave the matter to a summer study committee, a move that would delay any action by at least a year.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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