Government & Economic Development

Indiana officials face deadline on anti-nepotism law

June 8, 2012
Associated Press
County, city, town and township governments across Indiana are racing to adopt new rules against nepotism ahead of a July 1 deadline.
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House swipes at health law with repeal of medical device tax

June 8, 2012
Republicans in the U.S. House joined with 37 Democrats to pass a bill repealing a medical-device tax, chipping away at the 2010 health-care law in a victory for companies including Indiana-based Zimmer Holdings Inc. and Boston Scientific Corp.
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Turkey processor moving ahead with Indiana plant

June 8, 2012
Associated Press
Work could start this month on a new turkey processing plant in southwestern Indiana a company expects to open with about 350 workers.
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Sound equipment retailer plans expansion, 316 jobs

June 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A Fort Wayne-based retailer of music and sound equipment said Friday that it plans an expansion that would roughly double the size of its headquarters campus and create more than 300 jobs by 2016.
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Sound equipment retailer launching expansionRestricted Content

June 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Sweetwater Sound Inc. in Fort Wayne plans to invest $23.5 millon and hire 316 additional workers within four years.
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Pence taps Bush, Daniels advisers to shape policy

June 7, 2012
Associated Press
The team of policy advisers assembled by Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence reflects his efforts to assuage social and religious conservatives who have built him into a national brand while catering to business-minded conservatives who have ruled under outgoing Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.
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Indiana GOP ready for Paul delegates at convention

June 5, 2012
Associated Press
Paul has effectively suspended his race for president, but his supporters have pressed on with hopes of crafting the party's national platform by winning delegate seats in state-level convention battles.
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Domestic-partner benefits proposal introduced

June 5, 2012
Associated Press
Health-care benefits would be offered to the domestic partners of Indianapolis city workers under a proposal introduced Monday night to the City-County Council.
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UPS plans $10 million upgrade on northwest side

June 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff
United Parcel Service Inc. is planning a $10 million modernization project for a regional transportation hub in Indianapolis and is seeking tax incentives to help make it happen. The project would help the company retain 750 local jobs.
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Jackson Systems plans expansion, 32 jobs

June 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Environmental control maker Jackson Systems LLC plans to expand its Beech Grove operations, almost doubling its work force and the size of its headquarters by 2014.
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Indiana hires Deloitte to assess $500M in mistakes

June 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's state budget leaders picked international accounting firm Deloitte on Monday to determine the scope of an external audit looking at how the state lost track of more than $500 million in tax revenues.
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Indiana state tax collections take May dip

June 4, 2012
Associated Press
May's state tax revenue came in $143 million below projections. That comes after April's revenue was up about $159 million due to faster-than-usual tax returns processing.
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Proposal calls for city planners to consider non-drivers

June 4, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Planners designing roads would formally be required to look beyond the needs of motorists and pedestrians—to also consider bicyclists and public transportation users—under an ordinance to be considered Monday night by the City-County Council.
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Indy’s sewer-fee forgiveness ruled constitutional by high court

June 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis didn’t violate the Constitution when it forgave sewer-system debt owed by some homeowners while refusing to give refunds to those who had already paid, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled.
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Indiana panel moves toward audit of $500M in mistakes

June 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's state budget leaders on Monday are expected to take another step toward finding what caused more than $500 million in tax-revenue accounting errors, but a final answer is still a long way off.
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Conexus: State growth will slow without more infrastructure investmentsRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Nearly all of the $3.8 billion the state received from leasing its toll road is spent or committed, and Conexus Indiana says roads and bridges are crumbling again. How does the group, which focuses on manufacturing and logistics, recommend paying for infrastructure improvements? In effect, by raising taxes.
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PNC economists think local recovery will take holdRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Second-quarter forecast for Indianapolis is positive in spite of Lilly, small business concerns.
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Local sales tax could aid economic developmentRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Scott Olson
Most local economic development organizations rely on private contributions and some government money to support their efforts. But an unstable economy has led to some belt-tightening and soul searching on alternative ways to fund the associations.
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Johnson County considers more fees for revenue boost

May 31, 2012
Associated Press
A central Indiana county is looking at a wide range of new or increased fees to make up for what officials say are declines in tax revenue.
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Smoking-ban lawsuits face long odds, legal expert says

May 30, 2012
Scott Olson
A constitutional law professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis said he doubts 10 bar owners have a chance fighting the city's smoking ban in court. The ban goes into effect Friday.
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Facing money gap, candidate Gregg plays small ball

May 27, 2012
Associated Press
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg hopes time is money as he heads into the heart of the 2012 Indiana governor's race.
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Indiana struggling to distribute foreclosure aid fundsRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
The $182 million awarded to the state by the federal government was based on the unemployment rate, which is falling.
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Indianapolis council to consider domestic-partner benefits

May 25, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
City-County Councilor Angela Mansfield filed the proposal covering city employees that would make same-sex and heterosexual couples who live together eligible for health insurance benefits.
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Calumet plans to add 48 jobs at Indianapolis headquarters

May 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The oil refiner, which currently has 75 full-time Indiana employees, has begun hiring management, accounting, sales, human resources and information technology workers.
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Local WellPoint unit eliminating 112 employees

May 23, 2012
National Government Services Inc., which processes Medicare and Medicaid claims for the federal government, attributed the job reductions to the loss of a government contract. The subsidiary will still have about 500 workers in Indianapolis.
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