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MERRITT: Reconsider nuclear energy

January 4, 2014
Jim Merritt / Special to IBJ
Renewable or reliable? That is the unavoidable choice when debating energy policy. For Indiana, you can have one, but not the other.
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YORK: Indy doesn’t shrink from ‘ambitious’Restricted Content

December 28, 2013
We have seen what this city can do when it pulls together, focuses on a big goal, and works hard to make it happen.
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PERRAS: A lump of coal from the state’s high courtRestricted Content

December 21, 2013
Jodi Perras / Special to IBJ
If you’re a natural-gas customer in Indiana, the Indiana Supreme Court last week delivered a costly blow to your pocketbook.
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HENDERSON: Love can trump constitutional misstepsRestricted Content

December 14, 2013
Tom Henderson
The fatwa on gay marriage must end. The state Constitution is no toy for the disengaged to manipulate real love. I’m hoping the Legislature does the right thing: reverse the hatred and disinformation that makes us appear like Iran on an evil day.
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Words can skew policyRestricted Content

December 7, 2013

When I wrote for IBJ last year, the word causing me the most difficulty was “progressives,” which I used in order to ask, “Where are all the progressives?” meaning persons willing to advocate street repair and other basic investments to improve our lives.

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MCCORMICK: Indiana should refocus on Europe

November 30, 2013
John McCormick / Special to IBJ
Most Hoosiers probably didn’t know too much about the European Union until the crisis that broke in the euro zone in 2009. The worries sparked by that crisis were a double-edged sword: They made more of us aware of the EU, but the news we heard was mainly bad.
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BOSSO: Want to run for office? Think twice

November 23, 2013
Luke Bosso / Special to IBJ
When I was growing up, like most kids, I worked a summer job. During that time, I used to think if everyone had to work in the restaurant industry, the world would be a better place. I was wrong.
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HEALY: Envision Broad Ripple promotes changeRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Apparently, it’s no longer possible to undertake a project in Broad Ripple Village without its being labeled “controversial.”
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STEURY: Clobber two birds with a single stoneRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Rachel Bennett Steury / Special to IBJ
Last month’s government shutdown wasted a lot of time. Now that it’s over, it’s time for our elected officials to get down to the business of the people, and the people want manufacturing jobs.
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LIBMAN: Great Recession isn’t over for the artsRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Steven Libman / Special to IBJ
As we all know, the Great Recession that began in 2008 was the worst economic disaster to hit America and the global economy since the Great Depression. While the Great Recession is technically over as measured by economists, millions of Americans are still out of work or have stopped searching for work, and some sectors of the economy have not recovered.
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MADDOX: Five years later, little progress madeRestricted Content

October 26, 2013
Mark Maddox
For many, the bankruptcy filing of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 was the formal commencement of the Great Recession. Within days, we learned that American International Group and Merrill Lynch would be next in line.
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KANNING: Myopic priorities stifle growthRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
Myron Kanning
I recently overheard two business leaders saying the slow pace of economic recovery would impede their quarterly results. I concur with their assessment, but focusing on the rate of economic recovery is similar to looking at an iceberg; only 10 percent is visible. The other 90 percent is hidden below the surface.
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HENDERSON: Why businesses should make MakersRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
Tom Henderson
Over beers and dinners, I hear complaints that innovation is dead in the United States, and that most of the “real” innovation comes from southeast Asia, and the university skunk works of Western and Northern Europe.
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Adults critical to closing skills gapRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Andrew Bradley / Special to IBJ
While the meaning of the term “the skills gap” might always be debated, a new report finds that middle-skill attainment makes up the real gap for Indiana’s economy.
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ADAMSON: Close the obsolete Harding Street plantRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Zach Adamson / Special to IBJ
In recent years, our city’s civic and business leaders have put much effort into attracting and retaining young professionals, those young singles who prefer city life, dining out and environmental causes.
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BANKS: Hop the red tape for craft beerRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
As a legislator, I know from experience that some policy topics are more fun to discuss than others. I’ve served a variety of roles in the Senate, and all of them have had their own share of debate and consideration.
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GOODRICH: Don’t delay sewer, water upgradesRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
David Goodrich / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis has largely reinvented itself over the last four decades. Most of our modern skyline—the major office towers and hotels that define downtown—came about in the last 20 years. The IUPUI campus took shape in the early 1970s and has continued to grow. The sports venues that helped put us on the map, the vast convention center, our impressive new airport terminal—all built within a generation.
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EVERETT, HALSTEAD: Nurses need more training—quicklyRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Linda Everett / Special to IBJ, Judith Halstead / Special to IBJ
Indiana’s health care work force is ill-equipped to meet the daunting challenges and requirements of health care reform without strategic work force development efforts.
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LEONARD: Hospitals embrace price transparencyRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Doug Leonard / Special to IBJ
Following the federal government’s release of data on hospital charges for Medicare patients, much has been written nationally about how health care providers determine prices, the variation in charges for the same procedure, and the willingness of hospitals to “come clean” on the issue of price transparency.
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CHAPMAN: Don’t unwittingly spawn invaders

August 24, 2013
Cliff Chapman / Special to IBJ
You probably don’t notice it when you walk into your office building or drive by the bank. The landscaping looks nice, so you don’t pay attention to it. Throughout central Indiana, though, developers and landscapers are using plants that are inexpensive and look good, but plants like burning bush and Japanese barberry are destroying our native habitats and hurting land and water quality.
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FERIBACH: Disabled-friendly city advances againRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Gregory Feribach / Special to IBJ
The City-County Council recently approved a proposal to create more entrepreneurship opportunities for people with disabilities. Led by President Maggie Lewis and Vice President John Barth, the council unanimously agreed to include the disability enterprise category to the city’s contracting program. Within days, Mayor Greg Ballard signed it into law.
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MARRON: ‘Better’ isn’t the same as ‘good’Restricted Content

August 10, 2013
John Marron / Special to IBJ
That phrase comes to mind when I talk about transit in central Indiana. As I’ve urged people to support the IndyConnect plan, more than a few have said, “But didn’t IndyGo get funds to add a new route and improve others? Didn’t that fix the problem?”
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SAXTON: Hospitals launch into downward spiralRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Todd Saxton / Special to IBJ
The recent cutbacks sweeping central Indiana hospital systems are part of a larger epidemic affecting the entire U.S. health care system.
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GUY: Don’t purge good volunteersRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
John Guy
Not-for-profit staffs and boards occasionally stub their toes by “firing” or replacing longtime volunteers.
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TEASLEY: Will we tolerate school choice chaos?Restricted Content

July 13, 2013
Kevin Teasley / Special to IBJ
Indiana’s school choice movement is experiencing a lot of growing pains these days, particularly with charter and private schools. Patience and tolerance is called for now.
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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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