Government & Economic Development

Lawmaker: Lift ban on paying people to run charity gamblingRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
State Sen. Ron Alting, chairman of the Public Policy Committee, wants to let charities pay people to run their bingo, poker and other games, a practice that has led to disciplinary action for some organizations.
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FEIGENBAUM: Indiana General Assembly will be known for trading paint

December 17, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Expect scores of Democratic amendments, particularly if right-to-work hits the House floor.
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SHELLA: Indiana Legislature likely to deliver the unexpected

December 17, 2011
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
If you want to know what really matters in the upcoming legislative session it’s likely impossible to find out now.
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Planned Parenthood of Indiana brings on new lobbyistsRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The new hires could be important following last year’s legislative session, in which state lawmakers passed a law to cut off Medicaid funding to groups that offer abortions.
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City avoids foreign brands in adding to its fleet of hybrid vehiclesRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Department of Public Works bought Ford Fusion hybrids after the purchase of Toyota's a few years ago stirred controversy.
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CME Group says it's staying in Illinois

December 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday signed tax-break legislation designed to keep the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Sears Holding Co. from fleeing the state. CME had talked to Indianapolis officials about moving to central Indiana.
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State AG to challenge order for Daniels to testify

December 16, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana judge on Friday ordered Gov. Mitch Daniels to be deposed in two lawsuits over the state's cancellation of a $1.37 billion contract IBM received to modernize the state's welfare system, but the state attorney general said he would challenge the order.
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Daniels appoints new general counsel

December 16, 2011
Associated Press
Anita Kolkmeier Samuel, Mitch Daniels' assistant general counsel and policy director, replaces David Pippen, who recently resigned to become chairman of the environmental law group at Indianapolis law firm Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.
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Waltons give $1 million to Mind Trust charter incubator

December 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
The $1 million grant from the Arkansas-based Walton Family Foundation will fund a team that will open its first charter school in the 2013-2014 school year as part of what the group hopes will become a network of high-performing charter schools.
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Smoking ban, government reform on Daniels' 2012 agenda

December 16, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he will push for a statewide smoking ban and mild local government reforms in the 2012 legislative session.
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Celadon plans expansion, $3.4M office building

December 16, 2011
Scott Olson
Celadon Group Inc. is seeking tax abatements from the city to build a $3.4 million office building at its far-east-side headquarters. The local trucking firm plans to hire 100 more employees by 2016.
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Daniels says he'll back efforts for right-to-work

December 15, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced in a statement Thursday that he would support Republican right-to-work proposals at the General Assembly next month, saying that Indiana "gets dealt out of hundreds of new job opportunities" because it doesn't have the law.
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City announces street closures for Super Bowl

December 15, 2011
Several streets in downtown Indianapolis, including part of Monument Circle and those surrounding Lucas Oil Stadium, will be closed in the few weeks leading up to the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
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House Speaker: State lawmakers may seek smoking ban

December 15, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says lawmakers may seek passage of a statewide smoking ban before the nation's attention turns to Indianapolis for the February Super Bowl.
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Ball State poll: Half of Hoosiers undecided on right-to-work

December 15, 2011
J.K. Wall
Twenty-seven percent of Hoosiers support a law allowing employees to join unionized workplaces without being forced to pay union dues. But 24 percent oppose it and 48 percent are still undecided, according to a new survey.
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Group plans another push for Sunday alcohol sales

December 14, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
A coalition of convenience and grocery stores said Wednesday that they will renew their push for Sunday carry-out alcohol sales and cold sales of beer, but with a twist.
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Almost all state fair claimants accept offers

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Attorney General's office said Wednesday that 63 of the 65 claimants have confirmed they'll accept the settlements over the State Fair stage collapse.
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Budget official: State was warned about tax collections

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
Democrat Erik Gonzalez of the state's budget-forecasting committee said his panel warned the Indiana Department of Revenue something was wrong with corporate tax collections two years before the state discovered it misplaced $320 million.
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Democrats outline legislative plans for General Assembly

December 14, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
Indiana Senate Democrats, who hold just 13 of the chamber's 50 seats, released their 2012 legislative agenda, which will push for work-share legislation as well as consumer and job protections when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.
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Panel rejects audit of Indiana revenue department

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
Republican members of the State Budget Committee have rejected Democrats' request for an independent audit of the Indiana Department of Revenue for misplacing $320 million.
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Ten Hoosiers chosen for Georgia Street memorials

December 14, 2011
J.K. Wall
The honorees include business leaders, former U.S. presidents, famous novelists, a Shawnee chief and a feminist pioneer.
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City-County committee nixes tougher smoking ban

December 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The City-County Council's Rules and Public Policy Committee voted 6-2 Tuesday night against sending a tough smoking-ban proposal to a full council.
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Illinois tax breaks could trigger demand for more

December 13, 2011
Associated Press
Under the threat of losing thousands of jobs to other states, Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday approved a tax-relief package meant to keep Sears and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange from leaving. The state's governor is expected to sign it.
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Proposed Broad Ripple parking garage gets zoning OK

December 13, 2011
Scott Olson
The controversial project is a $15 million, three-story garage that the city of Indianapolis will subsidize with $6.3 million in parking meter revenue. The project also features a retail component, which neighbors say will lead to increased traffic.
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Mayors back transit tax hike in Marion, Hamilton counties

December 13, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard say more local transit options are needed despite the steep cost. A ballot referendum would be required so voters could consider a 0.3-percent income-tax increase to pay for a $1.3 billion project.
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