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Dems grumbling over big raises for Ballard's staff

July 31, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s staff received a collective 18-percent raise this spring following the hiring of a new deputy for education with an annual salary of $120,000.
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Public safety due for budget cuts, mayor saysRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Public safety and criminal justice are the only places left in the city-county budgets to look for ways to close a $27 million spending gap for 2013. Sheriff, police, fire and court budgets account for 85 percent of the $569 million general fund.
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Mayor vetoes hotel-worker blacklisting proposal

July 19, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has vetoed a proposed ordinance aimed at hiring practices by local hotels, the mayor's office announced Thursday afternoon.
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Hotel worker 'blacklisting' ban approved by council

July 17, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis hotels could no longer ban contract workers from direct employment under an ordinance passed Monday night by the City-County Council.
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Council mulls axing applications' prior-conviction box

July 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
City-County Councilor Vop Osili thinks the city could level the job-seeking playing field for ex-offenders by eliminating the question of past convictions on job applications.
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Commission to recommend more limits on local TIFs

June 28, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A study commission on tax-increment financing will vote Thursday evening on a set of policy recommendations that would limit the use of TIF districts in Indianapolis.
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TIF study highlights district shortfallsRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The tax-increment finance district created around the former United Airlines maintenance hub at Indianapolis International Airport doesn’t generate enough revenue to meet its annual debt payment. Neither do several other area TIF districts.
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Ballard vetoes council's redistricting proposal

June 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The debate over Indianapolis City-County Council districts may need to be resolved in court, council President Maggie Lewis predicted, after Mayor Greg Ballard vetoed an ordinance that would have funded redistricting.
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Domestic-partner benefits proposal introduced

June 5, 2012
Associated Press
Health-care benefits would be offered to the domestic partners of Indianapolis city workers under a proposal introduced Monday night to the City-County Council.
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Proposal calls for city planners to consider non-drivers

June 4, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Planners designing roads would formally be required to look beyond the needs of motorists and pedestrians—to also consider bicyclists and public transportation users—under an ordinance to be considered Monday night by the City-County Council.
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Indianapolis council to consider domestic-partner benefits

May 25, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
City-County Councilor Angela Mansfield filed the proposal covering city employees that would make same-sex and heterosexual couples who live together eligible for health insurance benefits.
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Former council president to become city's chief of staff

May 2, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Chris Cotterill, chief of staff to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, plans to leave the administration and return to private business, the city announced Wednesday. City-County Councilman Ryan Vaughn has resigned from his seat to replace Cotterill.
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Mayor signs tougher public smoking ordinance

April 19, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The ordinance, which takes effect at 6 a.m. on June 1, expands existing citywide restrictions against indoor public smoking to include bowling alleys, hotel rooms and most bars.
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City-County Council OKs new smoking-ban proposal

April 16, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The City-County Council voted 20-9 Monday night to approve another proposal that would strengthen Indianapolis' public smoking ban.
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Smoking ban proposal advances to City-County Council

April 4, 2012
The new proposal, which passed through committee Tuesday night, is nearly identical to the last measure except that it no longer bans smoking at existing private clubs. That addition prompted Mayor Greg Ballard to veto the previous version.
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Councilors to introduce new smoking-ban proposal

March 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Two City-County Councilors are prepared to take another stab at enacting a stronger public smoking ban in Indianapolis. And this time they think Mayor Greg Ballard will approve.
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Mayor names two new department directors

March 15, 2012
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on Thursday appointed new directors for the Department of Public Works and the Department of Parks and Recreation.
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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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Councilor seeks review of city's TIF-district strategyRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Cory Schouten
Brian Mahern, a Democrat on the City-County Council, plans to propose a study commission to examine the effectiveness of TIF districts, how property tax caps will affect them, and ways to increase transparency for the complicated financing vehicles.
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Ballard to veto tougher smoking-ban proposal

February 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard plans to veto a proposed ordinance that would expand the city’s public smoking ban, his spokesman confirmed Thursday.
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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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Plowman receives 40-month federal sentence

December 1, 2011
Scott Olson
A federal judge on Thursday afternoon sentenced former City-County Councilor Lincoln Plowman to 40 months in prison for attempted extortion and bribery.
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Prosecutors recommend 6-1/2 years for Plowman

December 1, 2011
Scott Olson
The former City-County Councilor, convicted in September on federal bribery and attempted extortion charges, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday afternoon.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Council prez takes 11th-hour run at ban, redistricting

November 30, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Vaughn_watch VideoWhy is Ryan Vaughn ending his tenure as City-County Council president with two hot-button proposals? Can he get the votes for a stronger smoking ban? How does he react to a call for his removal?
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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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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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