Government & Economic Development

Indiana seed commissioner seeks federal hemp OK

April 4, 2014
Associated Press
Although the Indiana Legislature approved a measure allowing hemp to be grown in the state, the state still needs permission from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Indiana mayors frustrated by FEMA aid rejection

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
State officials had sought federal grants for government and certain not-for-profit organizations in 49 counties to cover storm costs.
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Manufacturer's group gives high grades to legislative session

April 3, 2014
 IBJ Staff,  The Statehouse File
The Indiana Manufacturers Association released its scorecard for the 2014 legislative session Wednesday and applauded the results.
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INDOT seeks proposals to privatize Amtrak Chicago route

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation is seeking bids from companies interested in operating train service run by Amtrak between Chicago and Indianapolis.
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Supreme Court voids overall political contribution limits

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and PACs, without worrying that they will violate the law when they bump up against a limit on all contributions.
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Ohio, Indiana officials explore drone opportunities

April 1, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
Although Federal Aviation Administration officials rejected the states’ proposal to become an official drone test site, both states are examining what each one has to offer in regards to drone development.
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Casey's to build Indiana distribution center

April 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Casey’s General Stores Inc. said it plans to build a $30 million logistics center in Indiana that will have as many as 185 employees by 2019.
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Once-promising bioplastics maker fizzles out

April 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
A company that once planned to make Indiana home to the largest bioplastics manufacturing facility in the world is going out of business.
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Pence continues to seek repeal of medical device tax

March 31, 2014
 The Statehouse File
A number of Indiana lawmakers – including both of the state’s U.S. senators – have advocated for the elimination of the tax, in part because the state is home to several key medical device manufacturers.
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Deadline brings crush of Indiana health coverage applicants

March 31, 2014
Associated Press
The last-minute flood of applicants in Indiana mirrored national trends as people sought to at least start the process Monday.
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Groups allege state pharmacy official violated ethics rules

March 31, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Two consumer watchdog groups say the former president of the state pharmacy board, who also worked for Walgreen Co., improperly intervened on the company's behalf.
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Sweetener maker plans $21M in improvements, 151 new jobs

March 31, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based Heartland Food Product Groups is seeking nearly $1 million in tax breaks on building work and new equipment for its Indianapolis production facility.
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Election map aids Indiana GOP grip on House seats

March 31, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Indiana Democrats don't expect their election prospects to improve soon after Republicans drew election maps that led to the GOP picking up two U.S. congressional seats in 2012.
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Public-private plan for I-69 work proves divisive

March 30, 2014
Associated Press
A plan to finance the cost of a section of the new Interstate 69 connection between Indianapolis and Evansville is drawing both praise and ire.
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New parking meters bring in $1M for Bloomington

March 30, 2014
Associated Press
The meters were approved a year ago amid protests from business owners who feared their long hours would deter customers and hurt their revenue.
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Mass transit bill creates fuzzy path forward

March 29, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local governments finally have the authority to build a mass-transit system, but they also have work to do and questions to answer before they can ask voters to pay for new rapid-transit lines and expanded bus service.
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Tighter Indiana scooter rules signed into law

March 28, 2014
Associated Press
The new law will require scooter operators to obtain license plates from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, have valid state ID and pass a road sign test. The new rules take effect in January.
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Obama says more than 6M signed up for health care

March 27, 2014
Associated Press
Like much else about Obama's health care law, the milestone comes with a caveat: The administration has yet to announce how many consumers actually closed the deal by paying their first month's premium.
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Pence signs Indiana preschool, road-money bills

March 27, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence spent Thursday touting two of his top priorities—new money for preschools and roads—at ceremonial bill signings across the state.
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Pence lets bill ending Energize Indiana become law

March 27, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will let a bill that eliminates an energy-conservation program become law without his signature, prompting harsh words from environmental leaders who opposed the bill.
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Governor picks up pace on bill signings

March 26, 2014
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence continued signing into law measures dealing with everything from adoption to control of feral cat populations as the clock wound down on taking action on bills from the 2014 session.
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Turner says he didn't violate of House ethics rules

March 26, 2014
Associated Press
House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner said Wednesday he's confident the House Ethics Committee will determine he didn't break any rules.
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GE Aviation promises long-term commitment to state

March 26, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
GE Aviation chose Indiana for its $100 million plant partly because of the potential for hiring talent from and working on advanced-manufacturing research with Purdue University. The state’s business-friendly environment also played a role.
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'Architecturally significant' Cummins HQ likely won't scrape downtown skyline

March 26, 2014
Scott Olson
The engine maker's planned global distribution headquarters downtown will seem modest compared to a 28-story apartment complex slated for across Market Street, but the firm has a strong history of promoting breath-taking architecture.
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Cummins to build downtown office building for 400 workers

March 26, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The $30 million project, which will include ground-floor retail and a parking garage, will occupy the two remaining parcels of the former Market Square Arena site.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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