Government & Economic Development

New data brightens Indy area's jobs pictureRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
Bureau of Labor Statistics revises numbers, but region is still 30,000 jobs short of pre-recession peak.
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Merger of pollution boards worries enviros, chamber

April 6, 2012
Associated Press
A new state law that merges three longtime rule-making boards into a single panel is stoking concerns among business and environmental groups about what the shift could eventually mean for Indiana's environmental regulations.
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Daniels reputation on line with Indiana's $205M tax error

April 5, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has built a national image as a persnickety fiscal manager with an eye for detail, but two massive accounting errors that have tilted Indiana's books by more than half-a-billion dollars threaten to tarnish that reputation as the popular Republican prepares to leave office.
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Indiana officials step down after $205M in local taxes mishandled

April 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The head of Indiana's Department of Revenue and two other officials are resigning after $205 million in local option income taxes were not distributed to counties. Marion County will get an extra $41 million from the oversight.
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Democrats, Mourdock attack Lugar on gas prices

April 4, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar's opponents are hitting the embattled incumbent on policies they say would be driving gas prices higher than they already are.
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Governor signs state smoking ban into law

April 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the smoking ban bill and other legislation during a ceremony Monday morning at his Statehouse office.
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Smoking ban proposal advances to City-County Council

April 4, 2012
The new proposal, which passed through committee Tuesday night, is nearly identical to the last measure except that it no longer bans smoking at existing private clubs. That addition prompted Mayor Greg Ballard to veto the previous version.
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IBM: Indiana canceled deal because of budget woes

April 3, 2012
Associated Press
The real reason Indiana canceled its nearly $1.4 billion contract with IBM for a troubled welfare automation system was state budget problems, a lawyer for the computer giant argued Tuesday. But the state said IBM was more concerned about profit than getting assistance to needy people.
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Former Evansville mayor joins Faegre Baker Daniels

April 3, 2012
Jonathan D. Weinzapfel will use his political experience as a member of the firm's government practice. He served two terms as mayor before leaving office in January.
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Ex-Democratic official charged in ballot petition forgery

April 3, 2012
Associated Press
A former Democratic Party county chairman in northern Indiana has been charged with leading a scheme to forge signatures on petitions to place Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the state's 2008 presidential primary ballot.
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Whirlpool agrees to pay state $800,000 for job losses

April 3, 2012
Appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. has agreed to pay Indiana $800,000 after failing to maintain employment levels called for in an economic development incentives agreement.
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Right-to-work boosting job-marketing efforts in IndianaRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Scott Olson
Local economic development groups are wasting no time touting Indiana's new right-to-work law, a spot check shows.
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Tax caps zap schools in Zionsville; Lebanon district awash in cashRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
J.K. Wall
Changes made five years ago in state property-tax laws have strangled the school district in wealthy Zionsville, while schools in neighboring blue-collar Lebanon are in solid financial shape.
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Brainard seeks deal on maxed-out TIFRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard might relinquish his political trump card in an effort to refinance some of the $240 million in debt that’s weighing on the city’s tax-increment finance districts.
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City narrows field of contenders vying to develop Mass Ave parcel

March 31, 2012
Cory Schouten
A midrise mix of apartments and first-floor retail is the most likely replacement for a 1.45-acre Mass Ave parcel occupied by the Indianapolis Fire Department.
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Developer, contractors brawling over FBI construction projectRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Cory Schouten
The developer and contractors who built the FBI’s new $39 million Indianapolis field office, just north of Castleton Square Mall, are squabbling in court a year after wrapping up work on the project.
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Deal allows Lugar to move Indiana voter registration

March 30, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar will switch his voter registration to his family farm in resolving a dispute with local election officials who ruled that he couldn't vote using the address of an Indianapolis home he sold in 1977.
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Carmel consulting firm plans to expand, add 96 jobs

March 29, 2012
enVista LLC, which provides enterprise and supply chain consulting services, plans to add nearly 100 workers by 2016 as part of a $1.2 million expansion at its Carmel headquarters on North Meridian Street.
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Westfield seat-belt maker plans to add 65 workers

March 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Westfield-based safety company IMMI said it plans to hire more than 65 full-time workers and 50 temporary employees to keep up with demand for lap and shoulder belts for school buses.
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Bloomington-based employment agency plans to add 307 jobs

March 28, 2012
Employment Plus Inc. said it plans to add the positions by 2015 at it establishes a new headquarters and staffs new branches in the state.
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Firm to reimburse vehicle owners for illegal towing

March 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Interstate/Delaware and South Towing will pay about $80,000 to owners of more than 300 vehicles unlawfully towed from the Indiana Avenue parking lot under an agreement reached with the city prosecutor.
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Amazon plans another Indiana warehouse, 1,000 jobs

March 27, 2012
The online retailer said it will open a new warehouse in Jeffersonville and create up to 1,050 jobs by 2015 as part of a $150 million investment. The distribution facility would be the company's fifth in Indiana.
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Judge rejects some of Indiana's claims against IBM

March 26, 2012
Associated Press
The core issue in a dispute over a project to modernize Indiana's welfare system — whether IBM breached the billion-dollar contract — wasn't addressed when a judge dismissed 17 of the state's claims against the computer giant, an attorney for the state said Monday.
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Judge tosses claim that IBM misled to land state contract

March 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Marion County Superior Court Judge David J. Dreyer on Sunday dismissed the state's claim that IBM knowingly or intentionally provided false information to the Family and Social Services Agency in order to obtain a contract with the agency.
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Libertarians pick Boneham to run for governor

March 24, 2012
Associated Press
Former television reality show star Rupert Boneham has been selected as the Libertarian Party's candidate for Indiana governor.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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