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HICKS: Indiana an economic anomaly in MidwestRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Mike Hicks
We Hoosiers are an economic anomaly, an island of growth and resurgent prosperity.
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SKARBECK: Lackluster market forecast favors large U.S. stocksRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
One thing that does stand out is that, on balance, these returns are not exactly going to get investors to sit up and get excited.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Soul searching on 'Avenue Q'

June 11, 2011
Lou Harry
The R-rating-worthy, 'Sesame Street'-style show gets its regional theater premiere at the Phoenix.
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Community lost important builderRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
For nearly two decades, Lloyd Tucker quietly plied his trade as a pioneer in urban redevelopment.
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WOUDENBERG: Indiana Supremes blew it with police caseRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Anita Y. Woudenberg / Special to IBJ
Rather than limit the decision to its facts, the court instead sweepingly discarded the reasonable resistance right in its entirety.
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BRINEGAR: Introducing an extended vision for IndianaRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Kevin Brinegar / Special to IBJ
These education initiatives and provocative “we want Indiana to be the best” ideas in numerous policy areas are part of the Indiana Chamber’s Indiana Vision 2025 long-range economic development planning process.
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VAUGHN: State protects insurers better than consumersRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
Instead of an effective regulatory environment, the facts suggest [Insurance Commissioner Stephen] Robertson’s rubber stamp for rate increases is getting a real workout.
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KETZENBERGER: Americans prefer shiny objects to substanceRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
Gov. Mitch Daniels’ marital history has no bearing on his ability to steer the country and reveals no damning character flaws.
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KRULL: Another governor and a different decisionRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
John Krull / Special to IBJ
There are politicians out there who see the ability to strip away one’s feelings as demonstrating toughness. To me, it sounds soul-deadening.
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SHELLA: Mitch's marriage was no big deal in IndianaRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
I’m told that in the 2004 race, Joe Kernan, the Democratic nominee, personally vetoed any use of the Daniels divorce in his campaign.
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BALLARD: Calls for the mayor to take control of IPS are prematureRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Greg Ballard / Special to IBJ
Some thoughtful and concerned leaders believe the mayor should take over all of Indianapolis Public Schools.
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KENNEDY: Break out of the status quo by listening closely to othersRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Melina Kennedy / Special to IBJ
Even without direct control over school systems, there is much the mayor can do to influence education policy and have an impact on our public schools.
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TENBARGE: School takeovers will do students a favorRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Barrett Tenbarge / Special to IBJ
When schools have well over half of their students not even passing end-of-course assessments for core subjects, how can they prepare students for life in the real world?
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HARRIS: 'Parent trigger' would force improvement on schoolsRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
David Harris / Special to IBJ
To continue our educational transformation, legislators should consider four important issues in future sessions.
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MEREDITH: Early childhood education offers huge bang for the buckRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Teresa Meredith / Special to IBJ
It is vital that Indiana legislators begin to address the growing need for quality pre-kindergarten experiences.
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EARLY: Prognostications for the congressional racesRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
The new 6th District will be a real Chinese fire drill. With Mike Pence running for governor, the battle for his seat will be on.
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HEIN: Africa is the next horizon for global tradeRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Jay Hein / Special to IBJ
Opportunities abound for Hoosiers to get in the game. One notable industry is agriculture.
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BOEHM: Cultural jewel deserves ongoing supportRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
National and local awareness of Indy’s cultural riches adds real value to this community.
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EDITORIAL: TIF-district plan deserves supportRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
The tax districts allow the city to capture new property tax payments within specific boundaries and apply those funds to infrastructure upgrades and other incentives designed to lure private investment.
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MORRIS: Making a case for Dillard's in IndyRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Greg Morris
Indianapolis has been ignored long enough. It’s time to bring Dillard’s here, and the Circle Centre opening presents a great opportunity.
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MARCUS: Should we have commuting policies?Restricted Content

June 4, 2011
Morton Marcus
In 2009, 80 percent of Hoosiers worked in the county where they lived, with the other 20 percent going elsewhere to work. Hardly a change from data 10 years earlier.
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HICKS: Recession took its toll on under-educatedRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Mike Hicks
The hard truth is that all the jobs lost in the economy that will return already have. So what will become of those who lost jobs to the recession for which none await them now? The prognosis is none too optimistic.
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SKARBECK: Finding a bright spot in dismal housing newsRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
One analyst even declared that, relative to disposable income, housing is more undervalued than at any time in the last 35 years. So it is an attractive time to buy a house if you plan to be a long-term owner.
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Multiple tenants likely needed to plug Nordstrom holeRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Greg Andrews
Nordstrom occupies a staggering 210,000 square feet spread across three floors—60 percent more space than the Seattle-based chain occupies at the Fashion Mall at Keystone and likely more than any single retailer would be willing to lease.
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KENNEDY: We need to get our civics game onRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Right now, Americans are deeply involved in one of our periodic debates about government spending and the budget deficit. Important as that is, I am more concerned about our civic deficit—the widespread lack of basic constitutional literacy.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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