Government & Economic Development

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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IDEM: I-69 construction affecting streamsRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Department of Transportation and a contractor on the Interstate 69 project downstate have been cited for more than a dozen deficiencies in preventing erosion and the flow of sediment into streams.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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