Government & Economic Development

COLVIN: Get ready for a perfect storm in Worker's Compensation

March 17, 2012
Ryan Colvin / Special to IBJ
Rates are set to rise as insurers increasingly note the link between older workers' health and productivity.
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Legislative assistants keep wheels of state government turningRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
State lawmakers finished their work in Indianapolis this month, but the end of the 2012 General Assembly signaled the beginning of crunch time for a full-time staff charged with sorting out what happened during the contentious short session.
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Deal rekindles $45M downtown projectRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Cory Schouten
Former partners in Kosene & Kosene Development have settled a legal dispute that jeopardized redevelopment of the vacant former Bank One Operations Center downtown. Milhaus Development has until May 1 to begin construction.
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Next Purdue chief must cut costs but boost researchRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
J.K. Wall
The successor to France Cordova, who is stepping down this summer when her contract expires, will have to tip-toe between two almost contradictory demands: Cut costs for students yet spend more to ramp up Purdue’s research enterprise.
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Mass transit backers regroup for next yearRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Despite years of intensive public and politician outreach, a transit bill died in the House Ways and Means Committee in late January by an 11-10 vote. Supporters plan education push, one-on-one meetings.
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How key bills fared during 2012 Indiana legislative sessionRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Right-to-work, smoking ban were only two of a long list of actions taken.
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Drive to boost highway funding is run off roadRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Indiana would have received nearly $300 million in additional funding if the proposal by Sen. Dan Coats had been successful.
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Daniels says he has no interest in vice presidential nomination

March 16, 2012
Bloomberg News
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who declined to seek the U.S. presidency this year, said he isn’t interested in being selected as the Republican vice presidential nominee.
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Daniels names longtime state senator as secretary of state

March 16, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana state Sen. Connie Lawson will replace ousted Secretary of State Charlie White as Indiana's top elections official.
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Supporters say fines will give teeth to Indiana access law

March 16, 2012
Associated Press
A bill approved by lawmakers allows judges to order civil fines of up to $500 against open-records law violators. Gov. Mitch Daniels has until Tuesday to decide whether to sign the bill into law.
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Supreme Court allows Fishers to pursue reorganization

March 16, 2012
Scott Olson
Under the reorganization proposal, Fishers would become a city but council members would appoint a mayor. The proposal will be presented to voters in a Nov. 6 referendum.
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Company says right-to-work not reason for expansion

March 15, 2012
Associated Press
MBC Group President Eric Holloway said Thursday that he always planned to expand his Brookville operations and that a state press release issued two weeks ago mistakenly quoted him as saying right-to-work legislation factored into his decision.
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Elections board: Lugar must register elsewhere in county

March 15, 2012
Associated Press
An elections board ruled Thursday that U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar can't vote at the Indianapolis home he sold in 1977 but can register elsewhere in the county, a partial victory for tea party activists who allege the Republican incumbent has committed voter fraud for decades
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Mayor names two new department directors

March 15, 2012
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on Thursday appointed new directors for the Department of Public Works and the Department of Parks and Recreation.
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Carmel councilors want final say on city's debt

March 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel City Councilor Eric Seidensticker on Thursday morning proposed an ordinance that would require the council to sign off on any additional debt. The ordinance is backed by at least five of the seven councilors.
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Supreme Court rejects Democrats' election-chief challenge

March 15, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that ousted Secretary of State Charlie White had been eligible to run for office in 2010, rejecting a Democratic challenge and clearing the way for Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels to appoint a replacement.
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Life sciences firm plans to expand, add 46 jobs

March 15, 2012
Noblesville-based Helmer Inc. said it will invest $10.6 million to build a new manufacturing and headquarters facility at the Saxony Corporate Campus near Interstate 69. It plans to add the jobs by 2014.
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Pence starts Indiana tour, has promised policy ideas

March 14, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. Rep. Mike Pence was set to begin a statewide "listening" tour as Hoosiers wait to hear more specific ideas from the Republican gubernatorial hopeful.
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Ballard names Teach For America veteran as education deputy

March 14, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has appointed Jason Kloth as deputy mayor of education, a new cabinet-level position that reflects Ballard’s recent shift toward taking a more active role in education.
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Three Anderson workers fired over relatives' HUD funds

March 14, 2012
Associated Press
Three employees of an Anderson department that receives federal money for affordable housing have been fired for failing to notify city and federal officials that they had relatives whose housing was paid for with the funds.
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Study finds $124M in visitor spending at fairgrounds

March 14, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana State Fairgrounds generated $124 million in visitor spending in 2011 and has an annual impact on the local economy similar to a factory employing 500 people, according to a study released Wednesday.
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Indiana says it can't afford to add seat belts to buses

March 13, 2012
Associated Press
A state education official said Monday's accident was the first fatality of a school-age child riding or getting on or off an Indiana school bus since 2009.
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County commissioner pushes to invalidate I-69 vote

March 13, 2012
Associated Press
A Monroe County commissioner is pushing to invalidate a Bloomington planning panel's vote that added a contentious section of the Indianapolis-to-Evansville Interstate 69 extension to the group's local highway plan.
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State unemployment rate dips to 8.7 percent

March 13, 2012
Scott Olson
Indiana’s unemployment rate fell to 8.7 percent in January as the state added 13,000 private-sector jobs, the largest monthly increase in more than a year.
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Minor Indiana school reforms find last-minute success

March 12, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers signed off on minor school changes at the close of the 2012 session while reining in broader efforts sought by state schools Superintendent Tony Bennett.
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