Shelby County

Legislature snubs casinos, but forms study committeeRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana's struggling gambling industry didn't get the relief it sought during the special session of the Indiana General Assembly. But embedded within the budget bill approved June 30 is a provision creating a gambling summer study committee. Its recommendations, due by Dec. 1, may make or break several of Indiana's casinos.
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Casino-tax controversy lit fire under residents of Fairland, a long-forgotten townRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
With a town government behind them, Fairland-area residents hope any future growth will be to their benefit.
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Our newest smoke-filled workplace: Sadly, it stinksRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Hoosiers workers—including those who work at casinos—deserve a healthy, smoke-free workplace.
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Recession forces Shelby County's largest employer to cut workersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Knauf Insulation is cutting 11 percent of its work force in Shelbyville as the recession prolongs the housing downturn that began two years ago.
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As workers lose jobs, Shelbyville hospital loses moneyRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Because major employers in Shelby County have laid off workers, Major Hospital isn't getting as much income from employer-based medical insurance plans.
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Two central Indiana racinos debut amid tough economyRestricted Content

June 2, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
The next few weeks will be critical for the state's two new racinos, which need to open with a splash to meet their ambitious projections of drawing more than 3 million visitors apiece annually. Hoosier Park in Anderson will open June 2, and Indiana Downs in Shelbyville will follow a week later.
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Racinos may push gambling's limitsRestricted Content

May 14, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
During their first half-decade in operation, the state's casino slots machines grew their total sales to $22 billion, according to Indiana Gaming Commission records. But in the last five years, slot sales grew just 18 percent, reaching $25.9 billion in 2006. That's what business textbooks call a maturing market.
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Off to slow start, French Lick fears threat from 'racinos'Restricted Content

February 26, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
French Lick Resorts & Casino is already struggling, less than four months after its launch. And the casino's owners are downright terrified legislators soon will allow both of the state's horse-racing tracks to become "racinos" and add up to 5,000 slot machines.
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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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