Government & Economic Development

UPDATE: Indiana Senate approves diluted state smoking ban

February 29, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved a severely weakened smoking ban with exemptions for bars, casinos, tobacco stores and many other businesses.
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Local packaging company plans to add 101 jobs in Brookville

February 29, 2012
MBC Group plans to add the jobs by 2014 at its plant in southeastern Indiana as part of a $4.1 million investment to add four production lines.
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Indiana House votes to phase out inheritance tax

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana House on Tuesday approved a 10-year phase-out of the state's inheritance tax that now brings in about $160 million a year.
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Indiana Senate exempts bars from smoking ban

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
Bars would be exempt from a proposed statewide smoking ban under a change approved by the Indiana Senate.
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Union seeks restraining order on right-to-work law

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
A union seeking to block Indiana's new right-to-work law is asking a federal judge to issue an emergency temporary restraining order to keep the state from enforcing the law.
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Johnson County weighs pros, cons of wheel tax

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
After five years, members of the Johnson County Council will need to decide whether to keep the wheel tax in place. The fee has collected more than $13.8 million total for local governments.
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Covington manufacturer plans to add 68 jobs

February 28, 2012
Urbana, Ill.-based Flex-N-Gate Corp. plans to add positions by the end of the year as part of a $5.1 million expansion at its plant 75 miles west of Indianapolis.
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Senate considers changes to state smoking-ban bill

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana senators are ready to begin tinkering with a proposal to ban smoking statewide in some private establishments.
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Indiana legislators OK lifting Sunday cycle sales ban

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's motorcycle dealers will be allowed to buy and sell their bikes on Sundays under a change in state law that legislators have approved.
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Indiana House passes bill requiring stage inspections

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
All large, temporary outdoor stages like the one in last summer's deadly Indiana State Fair collapse would face temporary state inspection standards under a bill approved Monday by the Indiana House.
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Deals expected on Indiana inheritance tax, tax refund

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
Budget leaders in the Indiana Legislature are nearing agreement on plans for phasing out the state's inheritance tax and changing the automatic taxpayer refund so that it could only be triggered every other year.
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Speedway's plan for roundabout hits snag over billboard

February 27, 2012
Scott Olson
The Speedway Redevelopment Commission is threatening eminent domain against Clear Channel Outdoor Inc. because the billboard company won't relinquish its lease rights at a key intersection.
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Old Lugar issue finds new legs in critical race

February 26, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar has breezed through every re-election since he first won federal office in 1976. And even though he has consistently voted from a house he hasn't owned since he left for Washington in 1977, questions about his residency lay dormant until just a few weeks ago.
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Auto town Kokomo on the mend, but bailout still divides

February 26, 2012
Associated Press
The U.S. auto industry and Kokomo have staged an amazing comeback. But the resurrection of U.S. automakers has done little to resolve a deep political divide over the bailout.
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Indiana funding jump would end kindergarten fees

February 25, 2012
Associated Press
Parents across Indiana weary of paying sometimes-hefty fees for their children to attend full-day kindergarten classes could soon catch a break.
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Bloomington panel delays vote on I-69 section

February 25, 2012
Associated Press
A southern Indiana panel has delayed until March a vote on whether to add a hotly debated section of the Interstate 69 extension into its transportation plan.
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Couple accused of tax fraud turning the tables on stateRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
Greg Andrews
Real estate investor Chris Marten and his wife, Janice—a longtime Carmel jeweler—charge in a new federal lawsuit that investigators trampled on their constitutional rights during the inquiry, which resulted in 28 criminal charges.
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Union suing to block Indiana right-to-work law

February 22, 2012
Associated Press
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 says a suit being filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Hammond claims the right-to-work law violates the federal and state constitutions.
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Lawmakers back penalties over farm lawsuits

February 22, 2012
Associated Press
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-3 Wednesday in favor of the bill that would give judges discretion on whether to order the person filing a frivolous lawsuit to pay the farm's court costs and attorney fees.
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Sugarland attorneys: Injured fair fans share in blame

February 21, 2012
Associated Press
Attorneys for country duo Sugarland say concertgoers were at least partly to blame for injuries suffered in the 2011 stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. The stance drew a sharp reaction from fans Tuesday and prompted the band's manager to issue a statement criticizing the finger-pointing.
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City-County Council member gives salary to local library

February 21, 2012
Steve Talley will donate his council salary over the next four years, which totals about $52,000, to launch an endowment through the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation in honor of his late wife, Donna.
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Eiteljorg, Imax seeking approval to sell liquor

February 20, 2012
Scott Olson
The two downtown attractions are among several entities that purchased permits in November and now are seeking approval from county officials to sell liquor.
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City aims to erase surface parking for developmentsRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Cory Schouten
Several downtown surface parking lots are targeted for redevelopment, with a couple already well on their way to being filled with a mixture of commercial and residential projects.
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State to motorists: You break it, you buy itRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Crash into a guardrail and chances are now higher that your insurer—or you—will get a repair bill from the Indiana Department of Transportation. INDOT has deployed a new way of tracking damage to state property at crash scenes and quickly collecting money from those responsible.
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Talks start on developing 'airport city' to boost regionRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
The Indianapolis Airport Authority is moving ahead with plans to build an “airport city” centered on its property, but not without buy-in from the surrounding communities.
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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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