1:52 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton

The mayor contends his city is getting further in economic development processes, even if the area isn't landing many splashy outside investments.
Credit courtesy Crawfordsville mayor's office

Crawfordsville, like many cities in West Central Indiana, has a bit of an identity crisis. Do leaders follow the Lt. Governor’s motto of “rural is cool” or do they position themselves as the vanguard of technological expansion?

We ask those questions of Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton on this edition of Ask The Mayor, as well as how he plans to weigh those competing interests.

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4:51 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

State And IBM Going Before Indiana Supreme Court Thursday

A trial court found in IBM's favor, but the Indiana Courts of Appeals reversed that decision.
Credit Phil Jern /

The ongoing legal battle between the state and computer giant IBM will have its day in front of the Indiana Supreme Court Thursday. 

The state hired IBM in 2006 to modernize its welfare system, signing a ten-year contract worth $1.3 billion. 

But the shift from human case workers to greater automation was beset by reported problems, and three years later Governor Mitch Daniels canceled the contract. 

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5:25 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Frankfort Council Slows Mayor's Accelerated Push To Revamp Old Stoney

Frankfort's main civic building needs almost $5 million in renovations.
Credit Jimmy Emerson /

The Frankfort City Council has rejected an ordinance that would have paid for detailed drawings of potential renovations in Old Stoney, the city hall building.

The request for additional funding for the architectural drawings was pushed by the Frankfort Board of Works and Mayor Chris McBarnes, who says he and the board have been “aggressive” in their approach to the restoration of Old Stoney.

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1:12 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes
Credit City of Frankfort

Some questions asked of the mayor this week:

As we gear up for the next session of the General Assembly, which will be devoted to crafting a new two-year budget, what will you be doing to try and convince lawmakers to funnel more money toward infrastructure improvements?

House Republicans announced their legislative agenda this week. In a nutshell, it includes more funding for schools, while maintaining a balanced budget and a strong surplus. What are your initial reactions to the agenda?

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5:06 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

GOP Lawmakers May Look To Curtail Governor's Budget-cutting Power

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announces his 2015 legislative priorities in the House chamber Tuesday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The power of the governor to cut state funding or require agencies to send money back to the general fund could be reigned in when the General Assembly meets next session.

For years state agencies have been required to revert some of their budgets to the General Fund – essentially, cut a certain percentage of what the legislature appropriates. 

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