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Gregg’s priorities faultyRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
John Gregg [June 16 Forefront] says Republicans are being Chicken Little because they want to do something rational like stopping spending more than we have.
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Anthem works with autismRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
The tone of the [June 16] story “Insurance changes put state’s autism industry on edge” implies that an adversarial relationship exists between the autism community and insurers, including Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In fact, the opposite is true.
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Rusthoven disparages conservative trendRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
While I have the greatest respect and admiration for Peter Rusthoven’s public service under President Reagan, I take issue with his June 9 Taking Issue column. It almost sounded as if Rusthoven leans Democrat!
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Voters should do their jobsRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
State Sen. Jim Smith claims in his [June 2] letter to the editor that Doug Masson missed most of the story regarding the legislation to repeal the 17th Amendment.
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EDITORIAL: Indianapolis Public Schools must rebuild trustRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
If any local organization needs the public’s trust, it’s Indianapolis Public Schools, considering the challenges the district faces educating often-disadvantaged students.
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KENNEDY: Constitutional convention is idea whose time is not nowRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Periodically, lawmakers impatient to change government policies of which they disapprove will call for a constitutional convention.
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MADDOX: Bells toll for Indiana primary electionsRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Mark Maddox
It’s time to get rid of primary elections in Indiana. Just because we’ve been using them for every race from dog catcher up to president is not good enough to keep incurring these unnecessary costs while disengaging our voters.
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LOPRESTI: Dissed by cricket, dumped by the Heat—an ode to springRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Not all the news was bad in what turned out to be an interesting spring for Indy sports.
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MORRIS: If only I were a member of the clubRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Greg Morris
The Columbia Club has many attributes, but it's outdated membership policy isn't one of them.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Neo-Impressionist show impresses at IMA

June 14, 2014
Lou Harry
They shimmer. And that's just the surface appeal of many of the works at this new exhibition.
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DINING: New Anchor at Ambassador could turn around troubled spot

June 14, 2014
Lou Harry
Plow & Anchor is the latest eatery on the ground floor of the Ambassador. The pleasures start with Salt Cod Croquettes.
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Hicks: Subsidizing filmmaking is a losing proposition

June 14, 2014
Mike Hicks
Without even touching upon the fairness of Indiana taxpayers subsidizing Hollywood studios, film tax credits are of dubious value. The jobs they generate are transient, often low-paying and unlikely to meet the simplest benefit-cost calculus.
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Skarbeck: Hedge fund fees pile up despite bad performanceRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Ken Skarbeck
Investors continue to pour money into hedge funds, even though their performance has been downright awful.
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Healthy Indiana Plan will improve careRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Little Red Door Cancer Agency would like to express its support for the expansion of health coverage to hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers through HIP 2.0.
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GREGG: GOP plays Chicken Little politics with ConstitutionRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
John R. Gregg / Special to IBJ
Recently, House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long announced their support for having Indiana join the ranks of states calling for a constitutional convention.
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STYRING: Considering a weapon of last resort against the fedsRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Bill Styring / Special to IBJ
Chances are you’d never heard of something called the “Mount Vernon Assembly” before reading this column.
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SHEPARD: Voting centers might not be a great idea, after allRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Randall Shepard / Special to IBJ
Voter turnout in Indiana’s recent primary election was the lowest in 20 years, 35 percent below average. It’s time for a serious conversation about whether the growing use of voting centers is bad for turnout.
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HADLEY: Business, social issues prevail under Republicans in Indiana LegislatureRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Having observed the Legislature for 45 years, I have to say, it depends! It depends on when you ask the question. It depends on which party controls the House, Senate and Governor’s Office. And, increasingly, it depends on the issues confronting the state in a given session.
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KELLEMS: Think tanks, information strategies pick up clout in Indiana LegislatureRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
he question can be viewed several ways. One approach is simply ranking industry groups and associations—by appraising perceived wins and losses. A second is to assess the role of the individual lobbyist representing them to legislators and the governor’s office. Then consider which characteristics and qualifications are common among those who wield influence successfully on behalf of clients. And how important is party affiliation of both the individuals and institutions involved?
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VAUGHN: Admitting problem is first step to ethics reform

June 14, 2014
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
While I was disappointed the House Ethics Committee didn’t even slap Rep. Eric Turner’s wrist for his behavior surrounding the failed nursing home moratorium, I was surprised and pleased the committee report admitted that our Legislature’s ethics rules and statutes are too lax.
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MAHERN: Has Legislature lost its 'do the right thing' members?Restricted Content

June 14, 2014
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
Forgive my nostalgia. I had a fairly serious health scare a little over a month ago and find myself quite involuntarily looking back.
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BARLOW: Dems now importing candidates ... bad onesRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Marcus Barlow / Special to IBJ
I am going to start with a confession: I am a conservative Republican, so it should be no surprise that I cracked up while reading tweets, Facebook posts and stories about the Indiana Democratic Party’s State Convention, or the “Big Dem Weekend.”
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KRULL: EPA battle leaves Indiana stranded on the shoreRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
So, Gov. Mike Pence wants to have a fight with the Environmental Protection Agency.
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CARPENTER: Pence is letting Indiana's coal habit cloud our futureRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Dan Carpenter / Special to IBJ
Protesting that you can’t meet power-plant-emissions reduction goals because you’re too coal-dependent is a bit like saying you can’t arrest liver damage because you’ve got this taste for liquor.
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FROEHLE: The economics of environment in Hoosier NationRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Kristin Froehle / Special to IBJ
It seems that what is right for America must not be right for Hoosiers. At least, that is what our governor would have us believe.
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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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