Business, Economy and Consumer Affairs

Courtesy City of West Lafayette

The vacated building on the corner of State Street and Northwestern Avenue is on track to be replaced with apartments and a popular retail store.

The space – which now bears only a gutted neon sign of the bar it once housed and faded artwork featuring shadowy figures – has long been an eyesore, says West Lafayette Development Director Erik Carlson.

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Lauren Chapman

President Donald Trump’s recent budget proposal includes making cuts to infrastructure, education, affordable housing and healthcare, leading one watchdog group to speak out in concern about the potential impact those cuts could have.

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President Trump directed trade officials Thursday to look into rejoining negotiations for a major trade deal with eleven Pacific Rim countries. And, experts say it could be good news for Indiana.

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Whenever a gun control debate comes up, gun sales go up too. But Indiana firearms dealers say the sales jump after the recent March for Our Lives wasn’t as significant as what happened under the last presidential administration.

Tax Filing Deadline Approaches

Apr 11, 2018
Hoosiers who use paper to file their taxes must have them in the mail by April 17. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Hoosiers have a little less than a week left to file their taxes for 2017.

Those who file their state and federal taxes online can submit electronically any time before April 18. For those who use paper to file, Indiana Department of Revenue Commissioner Adam Krupp says their returns must be in the mail by April 17.

Soil Moisture Concerns Farmers Preparing To Plant Crops

Apr 11, 2018

Indiana farmers are becoming concerned that recent precipitation – both rain and snow – will delay this year’s planting date.

Southern Indiana farmers should be out in field by now preparing for planting but the damp soil is postponing operations. Indiana Farm Bureau spokesman Bob White says the longer the delay, the greater the concern.

Indiana Farmers Feeling Impact Of Tariffs, Fear More

Apr 9, 2018
Steve Burns / WTIU

 

All of the talk about a possible trade war with China has a lot of Hoosiers worried – especially farmers.

China implemented tariffs this week on more than 120 goods from the United States, including pork products. Indiana is the fifth leading pork producer in the country, so farmers here will feel the impact.

A steel coil is rolled out and slit to various widths for different customers at Mill Steel. (FILE PHOTO: Annie Ropeik/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

President Donald Trump’s 25 percent steel and 10 percent aluminum tariffs are designed to make U.S. workers more competitive in the international economy. That could have a big impact on a manufacturing-heavy state like Indiana.

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Lauren Chapman

  

Indianapolis has received final approval to  headquarter a local chapter of the World Trade Center organization. Following a year-long application and approval process, leaders hope it will expand Indiana’s position in the global market.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signs workforce bills with Indiana lawmakers and other state lawmakers and business leaders. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed both workforce development bills passed during the 2018 session into law Wednesday.

"It’s addressing the needs of yes the employers, but of our citizens," says Holcomb. "That’s the why we are doing this. We are addressing the needs of the people of the State of Indiana.”

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