Government & Economic Development

Indiana voucher memo confuses, concerns districts

November 20, 2011
Associated Press
A memo that sparked concern among Indiana's school districts by saying they would begin losing funding this month under the state's new private school voucher law was sent "prematurely" a state education official says.
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Mass Ave deal's brokerage fee raising eyebrowsRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Cory Schouten
A real estate brokerage picked by the city to spearhead redevelopment of a prime Mass Ave parcel occupied by the Indianapolis Fire Department stands to collect a million-dollar-plus payday if it closes the deal.
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Passengers likely would shoulder chunk of transit system costsRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Federal transit data suggests passenger fares would generate about one-fourth of the money needed to operate a suburban rail and expanded bus system proposed for the region.
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State lets Occupy Indy protesters keep small camp

November 17, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana officials are declaring détente with Occupy Indy demonstrators after the protesters removed much of their camping equipment from the Statehouse lawn.
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Occupy Indy protesters ordered to clear out camp

November 16, 2011
Associated Press
State officials gave Occupy Indy protesters 24 hours to remove their tents, sleeping bags and other camping accessories from the Statehouse lawn and warned there could be arrests Thursday should anybody resist the efforts to remove the items.
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Indiana Legislature taking 2-day break for Super Bowl

November 16, 2011
Associated Press
Demand for hotel rooms will make it difficult for some out-of-town lawmakers to find at hotel rooms or long-term residences in Indianapolis.
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Agency endorses big cut to state horse racing’s $58M subsidy

November 16, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indiana Inspector General recommends in a report that the annual subsidy paid to the state's horse racing community be reduced by more than half, to $28 million.
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City-County Council Republican to propose tougher smoking ban

November 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The Republican president of the City-County Council in Indianapolis says his party plans to introduce an expanded smoking ban that would take effect before the Super Bowl.
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Homeless advocates pitch local sales-tax hike

November 15, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
CHIP, the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, said it wants Marion County taxpayers to create a permanent, dedicated source of funding for housing and services.
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Indiana National Guard opens biggest armory in state

November 15, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana National Guard has opened a new $27 million training facility in Franklin that is the largest of its 65 armories around the state.
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U.S. high court takes Indianapolis sewer case

November 15, 2011
Michael W. Hoskins,  IBJ Staff
The Supreme Court of the United States agreed Monday to review a case that questions whether the city of Indianapolis violated the U.S. Constitution in how it handled refunds for residents who paid assessments on local sewer projects.
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Indiana legislative panel endorses test of iPads

November 14, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana legislative panel endorsed a pilot program Monday that would equip two General Assembly committees with iPads in the upcoming session as part of a push to cut the amount of paper used to print copies of bills for lawmakers.
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Logistics company plans 315 jobs in North Vernon

November 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Exegistics, a Wheeling, Ill.-based logistics service provider, said Monday it plans to spend about $9 million to build a rail-sided distribution facility in North Vernon, creating up to 315 jobs by the end of 2014.
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Supreme Court to hear health care reform case this term

November 14, 2011
Associated Press
The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear arguments next March over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul — a case that could shake the political landscape just as voters are deciding if Obama deserves another term.
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Daniels eyes right-to-work legislation in final session

November 13, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has long flirted with right-to-work legislation, but is letting the General Assembly take the lead.
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Experts discuss Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis

November 12, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Figures who played key roles in attracting the big game and for making the event a success share their insights.
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Civic leaders urge Ballard to tackle woes facing urban coreRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Community leaders are coalescing around a three-prong strategy to attract residents and capital to neighborhoods from just outside downtown to the borders of Interstate 465. It’s not yet clear whether all the initiatives will have the full support of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.
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Obscure not-for-profit covering shortfalls in CarmelRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Carmel City Center Community Development Corp. has emerged as a key player in the city’s burgeoning downtown. The not-for-profit 4CDC last month gave the performing arts center $1 million to cover its operating expenses, and it’s expected to provide another $4.5 million through June 30.
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Indiana's public pension restructures investmentsRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The new asset mix, approved by the Indiana Public Retirement System’s board late last month, includes a lower concentration of public equities.
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City balks at Jack in the Box plans for Meridian Street siteRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Urban design guidelines prohibit new drive-throughs along Meridian or Pennsylvania streets in the downtown vicinity.
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New Republican councilor beat long odds

November 11, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Republican Jeff Miller's wife died three months before the Nov. 8 election, but he kept campaigning for City-County Council—and won in a district that leans Democratic against an incumbent.
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Anderson mayor countersues over discrimination suit

November 11, 2011
Associated Press
A central Indiana mayor has countersued a city employee, claiming that she made false statements of sexual discrimination in order to make the mayor look bad.
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Indiana's interim lottery chief lines up contractor job

November 11, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's ethics board is signing off on the interim state lottery director's plans to work with a state contractor once a new lottery chief is found.
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Indiana attorney general: School bus fees illegal

November 10, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says in a legal opinion that it's unconstitutional for school districts to end free school bus service by turning transportation over to outside agencies.
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Outsider appeal, moderate stance helped Ballard win

November 9, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Mayor Greg Ballard maintained an appeal as a political outsider and moderate Republican that drew enough Democratic support to secure him a second term Tuesday, experts said.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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