Government & Economic Development

First family gives TLC to little-used Brown County cabinRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Pence administration has overseen the six-figure renovation of a Brown County cabin that one political observer calls Indiana’s Camp David.
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Zionsville sticks with big-box ban despite growth push

February 15, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Even as retail development continues to proliferate just outside Zionsville’s borders, town officials say they remain committed to an 8-year-old zoning ordinance banning big-box stores.
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Pence cracks door to electricity deregulationRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Pence administration is discussing whether to include electric-utility deregulation in a new state energy policy, making Indiana one of the few states since California’s electricity crisis to consider opening its market to competition.
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Team owner pitches lawmakers on soccer stadium

February 14, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indy Eleven owner Ersal Ozdemir fielded questions from legislators Thursday about the $87 million, state-financed outdoor stadium he has proposed. The meeting started with a warm reception for Ozdemir, and lacked any testimony against the plan.
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Gay-marriage ban off ballot at least until 2016

February 13, 2014
Associated Press
Opponents of an effort to place Indiana's gay marriage ban in the state constitution won a surprising victory Thursday as the Senate effectively pushed off a statewide vote on the issue for at least two years, and possibly longer.
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Appeals court: IBM breached contract with state

February 13, 2014
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed a Marion County judge's finding that IBM did not materially breach the contract it had with the state to modernize its welfare system.
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Convenience stores prepare case to sell cold beer

February 13, 2014
Scott Olson
The stores' lawsuit against the state argues that Indiana's law governing cold-beer sales is unconstitutional. But a phalanx of other beverage retailers has lined up to oppose the action.
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House panel takes corporate tax increase out of mass transit bill

February 12, 2014
 The Statehouse File
If the House approves the bill as amended, it will set up a debate between the Republican-controlled chambers about who pays for expanded transit.
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Proposed criminal justice complex draws five bidders

February 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
In the meantime, city officials are arranging to meet with lawyers, judges and residents who are concerned about moving jails and courts from downtown's core.
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Prominent criminal lawyer: Airport site for complex 'cannot work'

February 12, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
A spokesman for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said the airport site hasn’t officially been selected, although it did score highest among sites the city evaluated.
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Indiana gay marriage ban backers seek youth support

February 11, 2014
Associated Press
A new group of young people who support banning gay marriage in Indiana announced a campaign Tuesday to pressure lawmakers to restore language to the proposed constitutional amendment that would enable it to get to voters in November.
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Pence open to replacing any revenue lost in tax bill

February 11, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday he’s open to proposals to “fully replace” the revenue that local governments might lose under a Senate plan to cut the personal property tax for thousands of businesses across Indiana.
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Indiana Supreme Court throws out Evansville smoking ban

February 11, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
A divided Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Evansville’s amended smoking ban, which exempted the former Aztar riverboat casino, now known as Tropicana Evansville.
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Another delay in health law's employer requirement

February 11, 2014
Associated Press
The Obama administration Monday granted employers another delay in a heavily criticized requirement that medium-to-larger firms cover their workers or face fines.
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Manufacturer plans expansions at two Indiana plants

February 10, 2014
Associated Press
Shiloh Die Cast Midwest LLC plans to expand two of its plants in northeast Indiana, leading to 145 new jobs by 2018, the company announced Monday night.
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Plan to cut business-equipment tax draws debate

February 10, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House lawmakers took up a Senate proposal to cut business taxes on Monday, as fiscal leaders continued working behind the scenes to craft a compromise package of cuts this legislative session.
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Senate panel approves altered same-sex marriage ban

February 10, 2014
Associated Press
The Senate Rules Committee voted 8-4 Monday afternoon along party lines to advance the measure following three hours of emotional testimony from supporters and opponents.
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Fishers city election draws political vets, but not Faultless

February 10, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Fishers residents elect their first mayor this year, and six Republicans are vying to lead the fast-growing suburb. One noticeable absence on the list of candidates: Town Council veteran Scott Faultless, who is not seeking any office.
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Welfare drug screening bill divides lawmakers

February 9, 2014
Associated Press
Welfare abuse is driving an Indiana effort to require recipients to be screened for the likelihood of addiction and limit food stamps to the purchase of only "nutritional foods."
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With supplies low, it's overtime in road salt mines

February 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
The national supply of road salt is running low. New York has declared a state of emergency, while Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and other states have disclosed their difficulties in covering streets and sidewalks amid a long-running cold snap.
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Bitter winter hitting Indiana's revenue stream

February 9, 2014
Associated Press
Nearly every state revenue category failed to hit its January target, including sales taxes and personal income taxes — Indiana's two largest revenue sources.
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Pence continues push for state-funded preschool

February 8, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence made another pitch for a pilot program to help families earning less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level send their children to public or private preschool.
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Experts see limits to state's low-tax strategyRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Thanks to a concerted effort to lower taxes and government spending, Indiana ousted Texas this year in the Tax Foundation’s annual ranking of business tax climates. Indiana now holds the No. 10 spot and could rise higher by eliminating the business personal property tax, an equipment tax that experts say deters investment.
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Much of ambitious legislative agenda remains aliveRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
Despite concerns that debating a constitutional amendment defining marriage would rip our state apart, that didn’t happen and the General Assembly has proven quite productive—as well as judicious in deciding what issues not to become entangled in during the “short” session.
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Companies rethink hiring policies for former criminals

February 7, 2014
Bloomberg News
State and local lawmakers around the country, including some in Indianapolis, are supporting efforts to increase the hiring of ex-offenders.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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