Government & Economic Development

Indiana legislators OK tougher sex-trafficking law

January 27, 2012
Associated Press
A bill to toughen Indiana's penalties for sex trafficking is on its way to Gov. Mitch Daniels for him to sign into law ahead of next weekend's Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
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ACLU says creationism bill faces constitutional problems

January 27, 2012
Associated Press
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana's top lawyer said Thursday that a Indiana Senate bill that would allow schools to teach creationism in science classes clearly violates the U.S. Constitution and invites legal challenges.
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Lotion maker relocating operations to Indianapolis

January 27, 2012
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based New Sunshine, which is owned by a group led by former Conseco Inc. CEO Stephen Hilbert, said it will add 180 jobs by moving a manufacturing facility from Tempe, Ariz.
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Indiana House backs broader ban on synthetic drugs

January 26, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana House has approved a bill that would broaden the state's ban on synthetic drugs to include compounds nicknamed "bath salts" and others that mimic marijuana.
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Indiana right-to-work bill on speedy path in Senate

January 26, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana could become the 23rd right-to-work state as early as Wednesday depending on how soon Gov. Mitch Daniels decides to sign the labor bill.
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Fight looming over banning smoking in Indiana bars

January 26, 2012
Associated Press
Some Indiana legislators are expected to push for exempting bars and certain other locations from a bill calling for a broad statewide smoking ban.
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Central Indiana mass-transit bill dies in committee

January 26, 2012
 The Statehouse File
A bill that could have led to a new mass-transit system in Indianapolis and surrounding counties failed in committee Thursday morning.
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Kentucky governor: Casino gambling bill coming soon

January 25, 2012
Associated Press
A long-awaited proposal to open Kentucky to casino gambling so it can compete with neighboring states could be introduced in the state's Senate within days.
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Indiana Senate panel backs limits on abortion pill

January 25, 2012
Associated Press
The Senate health committee voted 5-4 in support of the bill that requires that a doctor examine a woman in person before giving her RU-486, provide written information about the physical risks of abortion and to schedule a follow-up ultrasound.
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Indiana House deals blow to organized labor in Rust Belt

January 25, 2012
Associated Press
On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers cleared the way for right-to-work legislation, which would make it a Class A misdemeanor to require somebody to become a union member or pay union dues as a condition of employment.
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Indiana House approves right-to-work bill

January 25, 2012
Associated Press
The state's Republican-controlled House of Representatives has cleared the way for Indiana to become the first right-to-work state in the traditionally union-heavy Rust Belt.
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Indiana Senate panel backs fines on access violators

January 25, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee has endorsed allowing fines against government officials found to have blatantly violated the state's open meetings or open record laws.
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TeleServices to hire up to 180 for new Anderson call center

January 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The call center will serve U.S. customers on issues relating to wireless communications and Internet connectivity.
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Indiana House Dems resume right-to-work boycott

January 24, 2012
Associated Press
House Republicans levied more fines Tuesday against Democrats who are boycotting GOP-backed legislation that would bar labor unions from collecting mandatory fees from workers.
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Indiana House eyes another $5M for state fair victims

January 24, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's House Ways and Means chairman is pushing for $5 million more for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse and $80 million to pay for full-day kindergarten.
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Pet specialty retailer plans 135 jobs in Indiana

January 24, 2012
Pet Supplies Plus said it will add the positions by relocating its warehousing operations from Michigan to Seymour, 60 miles south of Indianapolis.
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State employers add 12,000 jobs, but jobless rate stays flat

January 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indiana added 12,000 private-sector jobs in December, but the state's unemployment rate held steady at 9 percent as a huge wave of Hoosiers entered the labor force.
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Naming-rights deal to benefit city's snow-removal efforts

January 24, 2012
The agreement calls for longtime salt supplier Cargill Inc. to give Indianapolis 125 tons of salt and five pickup trucks equipped with snow plows and salt spreaders.
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House Dems lose right-to-work referendum vote

January 23, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana House Democrats walked off the floor Monday after losing an effort to put a right-to-work measure aimed at unions before voters, possibly resuming an off-and-on boycott strategy aimed at derailing the measure for the second straight year.
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Indiana Senate backs bill on right to resist police

January 23, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate on Monday approved by a wide margin a proposal that gives residents limited rights to resist police officers trying to enter their homes.
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State Senate backs bill on officeholder limits

January 23, 2012
Associated Press
People who work for cities, towns or counties would no longer be allowed to hold political offices in those government units under a bill approved by the Indiana Senate.
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Indiana House Dems return after right-to-work boycott

January 23, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana House Democrats have returned to work at the statehouse after a boycott over divisive right-to-work legislation by moving to strike down the measure.
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For-profit colleges face curbs on aid in new veterans bill

January 23, 2012
For-profit colleges like Carmel-based ITT Educational Services would be forced to rely less on federal money under a bill aimed at curbing the marketing of degrees to soldiers and veterans.
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Officials steered lease deal to BalesRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Cory Schouten
State officials in 2005 vowed to run a competitive process to select a private firm to handle real estate leasing for public agencies, but a 20-page request for services to more than 400 potential bidders was a sham, according to three people with knowledge of the process.
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Daniels' chief of staff purchased parcel from BalesRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Cory Schouten
The chief of staff to Gov. Mitch Daniels, Earl A. Goode, bought a residential lot from the real estate broker John M. Bales about two years after an agency led by Goode awarded Bales a contract to handle state leasing.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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