Attracting higher-wage residents is key to future growth as city revenues have stagnated and local governments have become increasingly reliant on income taxes. Republican Chuck Brewer and Democrat Joe Hogsett are proposing ways to bolster Indy neighborhoods.
Fewer than 15 of nearly 170 homes targeted for demolition have actually been razed since Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard kicked off the program in September 2014 and accepted nearly $6.5 million in federal funds.
Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb appears to be the favorite to snare the Republican nomination for governor. He ruffled feathers over the weekend by suggesting he had an inside track to Gov. Mike Pence's financial support.
Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard on Monday said he'd rather stay in his current job than run for the 5th Congressional District. The Republican ballot opened up earlier this month, and Brainard told IBJ he was considering it.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, now Donald Trump's vice presidential running mate, said Friday that he believes Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb is "one of the best prepared individuals in recent memory" to replace him in the Statehouse.