Government & Economic Development

Indiana tax collections below target for January

February 7, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's state tax collections came in slightly below projections for January, the first monthly shortfall since the new state budget year began last July.
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Indiana House panel leader leery of creationism bill

February 7, 2012
Associated Press
The leader of the Indiana House Education Committee said Tuesday a proposal specifically allowing public schools to teach creationism alongside evolution in science classes could be unworkable.
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Marion County judge blocks right-to-work fines

February 6, 2012
Associated Press
A Marion County judge ordered Indiana House Republicans to return fines levied against House Democrats in the right-to-work battle last year and blocked $1,000-a-day fines levied this year.
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Senate passes comprehensive charity gambling billRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Not-for-profits with multiple affiliates in the state would need only one gambling license to run fundraisers.
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Closing arguments under way in White trial

February 3, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White's defense lawyer rested Thursday without presenting a case against voter fraud charges that could oust White from office. Clsoing arguments got under way Friday.
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Indiana union leader promises no Super Bowl skirmish

February 2, 2012
Associated Press
The president of Indiana AFL-CIO is promising union members will not disrupt the Super Bowl festivities in Indianapolis after efforts to block right-to-work legislation failed.
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Indiana liquor law could crimp Super Bowl parties

February 1, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana is among a handful of states that ban carryout liquor sales on Sundays. Even hosting the NFL's most-celebrated spectacle won't change that.
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Daniels signs right-to-work bill into Indiana law

February 1, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana has become the first Rust Belt state to enact a right-to-work labor law, prohibiting employment contracts that require workers to pay union fees or join unions.
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Indiana Senate sends right-to-work bill to Daniels

February 1, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana's Senate passed right-to-work legislation Wednesday morning by a vote of 28-22, placing the state on the verge of becoming the Rust Belt's first to enact the contentious labor law.
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House approves $5 million for state fair victims

January 31, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's House of Representatives is advancing a plan to give an additional $5 million to victims of last year's stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.
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Indiana Senate backs creationism teaching proposal

January 31, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's public schools would be allowed to teach creationism in science classes as long as they include origin-of-life theories from multiple religions under a proposal approved Tuesday by the state Senate.
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Trial of Indiana secretary of state gets under way

January 31, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's secretary of state began facing voter-fraud charges Tuesday in a case that could decide if he remains as the state's top election official.
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Statewide smoking ban passes House

January 31, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
Even if Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard follows through on a threat to veto the tougher citywide smoking ban council members passed Monday, a similar measure still pending in the General Assembly would prohibit lighting up in public places statewide.
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Senate backs ban on college retirement age

January 30, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved a bill to prohibit state universities from setting mandatory retirement ages for school administrators.
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Daniels signs new penalties for sex trafficking

January 30, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a law Monday giving prosecutors more tools to battle human sex trafficking ahead of this weekend's Super Bowl.
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Indiana Senate broadens teaching creationism proposal

January 30, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators on Monday broadened a proposal aimed at allowing Indiana's public schools to teach creationism in science classes to require that such courses include origin-of-life theories from multiple religions.
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Indiana House dilutes drug tests for lawmakers

January 30, 2012
Associated Press
The lawmaker-testing proposal is part of a bill that would mandate Indiana's welfare recipients take drug tests before receiving any assistance.
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Council votes to expand citywide smoking ban

January 30, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis City-County Council voted in favor of an expanded public smoking ban Monday night. Members voted 19-9 in favor of expanding the citywide ban to include bowling alleys, hotel rooms and most bars.
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Indiana right-to-work bill on way to final vote

January 30, 2012
Associated Press
The Senate labor committee's Republican members voted 6-1 Monday morning to advance the bill to the full Senate.
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Political stakes are high as White goes on trial

January 29, 2012
Associated Press
After more than a year of legal wrangling, White's fate now rests with the jurors who will be selected starting Monday in Noblesville. Their task: to determine whether the state's top election official is guilty of voter fraud, perjury and theft.
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Indiana moving slowly on lake phosphorus rules

January 29, 2012
Associated Press
A state effort to address phosphorous pollution that has fouled Indiana's waterways is moving forward slowly, but environmental groups' hopes for help from lawmakers is likely to be dashed this year.
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Indiana battles legislative 'creep' in short session

January 29, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana senators have introduced 415 bills so far and House members have filed another 400, including so-called vehicle bills, which act as sort of blank slates for lawmakers to amend ideas onto.
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Should Indiana phase out inheritance tax?Restricted Content

January 28, 2012
Supporters of new legislation say the wealthy shouldn't have to leave the state to avoid the tax.
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WALKER: A watershed 401(k) deadline is hurtling our way

January 28, 2012
Brent Walker / Special to IBJ
Plan sponsors will face both higher expectations and legal responsibilities.
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State's gambling jackpot starts to shrinkRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana casinos saw their take from gambling fall in 2011, and new competition in Ohio and perhaps other neighboring states virtually guarantees things will get worse from here.
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