Indianapolis Business Journal

AUG. 31-SEPT. 6, 2018

In this week’s issue, Russell takes a close look at Eli Lilly and Co. and the property taxes that the Fortune 500 company pays to Indianapolis. Lilly has appealed its annual tax bill every year since 2012, and a recent request for more than $9 million in tax breaks has cast a rare spotlight on tensions within Mayor Hogsett’s administration between accommodating one of the city’s largest companies and protecting the cash-strapped city’s tax base. Also, Lindsey Erdody details a fundamental shift in how United Way of Central Indiana funds local not-for-profit groups. And in the latest entry for her “One City, Worlds Apart” series, Hayleigh Colombo examines how dental care has become an out-of-reach expense for many Hoosiers.

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Dental care out of reach for many poor Indy residents

In Indianapolis’ 10 poorest census tracts, 60 percent of residents had not visited a dentist within 12 months, according to an IBJ analysis of CDC and Census Bureau research. But in the 10 tracts with the lowest poverty rates, just 25 percent hadn’t.

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Mike Smith: If we can put a man on the moon, we can beat poverty

Of course, poverty is everywhere, but it is worse in Indianapolis than in most major metro areas. Our general poverty rate of 20.8 percent and our child poverty rate of 31.9 percent are both well above national averages, and we are one of the 10 worst cities in America when it comes to economic mobility.

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Chris Watts: John McCain, Bob Dole and the soul of Indiana’s GOP

John McCain and Bob Dole both put national interest over political expediency: country first, to crib McCain’s 2008 slogan. If we defined a “Dole/McCain Republican,” he or she would be a traditional conservative with a streak of pragmatism, a willingness to compromise and an appreciation for bipartisanship.

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Letter: IPS surplus depleted by state cuts, inflation

For a district with an annual budget of about $260 million, it is easy to understand that steadily decreasing state revenues, inflation, a long-overdue increase to teacher pay and holding the cost of employee benefits neutral would quickly deplete an $8 million surplus from the prior year.

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