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Justice center developer trying to meet with council members

May 19, 2015
The company that wants to develop a criminal justice center has invited the entire Indianapolis City-County Council to a meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss lingering concerns about the $1.6 billion project, which died in committee last month.
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Legislation protects county assessments on big-box stores

May 4, 2015
A new measure on the taxation of big-box stores is expected to help Indiana counties avoid fiscal disaster, but national retailers aren't happy about it.
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Council committee shoots down plan for Indy justice center

April 15, 2015
Mayor Greg Ballard's $1.6 billion justice center project suffered what could be a fatal blow in an Indianapolis City-County Council committee Tuesday night.
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Special review panel advances Indy justice center plan

April 9, 2015
Indianapolis City-County Council Democrats are getting nearer to their most difficult vote of the election year, as their own adviser tells them that a new criminal justice facility – however it’s built – could cost the city more money than expected down the road.
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Indy could be short $37M on justice center financing, analysis says

April 1, 2015
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's promise of financing a new justice center through operational savings is overblown, according to an analysis by the Indianapolis City-County Council.
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‘Solar gardens’ catching on, but legality unclear in Indiana

March 11, 2015
Imagine seeing the price of gas drop 50 percent, then finding out you couldn’t take advantage because of a law that excluded drivers who lease their vehicles or whose fuel tank is on the wrong side. That’s pretty much the experience of most would-be solar energy users.
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Lawsuit over Covanta recycling center plan set for hearing

March 6, 2015
A lawsuit prompted by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s controversial recycling-plant deal is set for hearing March 10.
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Council members: Delay justice center decision until after election

February 23, 2015
The odds the Indianapolis City-County Council will approve plans for a new criminal justice center this year are tanking fast.
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Marion County justice complex decision could come at last minute

February 4, 2015
The Indianapolis City-County Council could push the closing of a $1.6 billion deal for a new criminal justice complex to the last minute.
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Meijer tax ruling may reverberate statewide

January 20, 2015
Big-box retailers could see their Indiana property-tax bills slashed in half because of a recent court decision that favored Meijer over Marion County.
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