Saturday, May 18 2013 8:10 PM EDT2013-05-19 00:10:01 GMT
Ed Carpenter knew he was capable of another fast run, and it earned him the pole for the Indianapolis 500. The Indianapolis native bested IndyCar racing's big-name teams by claiming his first 500 poleMore >>
Ed Carpenter knew he was capable of another fast run, and it earned him the pole for the Indianapolis 500.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:14 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:14:03 GMT
A new interactive display that documents the lives and accomplishments of Indiana's politically prominent Bayh family has opened at Indiana State University. About 250 Indiana Democrats and others attendedMore >>
A new interactive display that documents the lives and accomplishments of Indiana's politically prominent Bayh family has opened at Indiana State University.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:05:05 GMT
A central Indiana official says the tough conditions opponents of a planned wind farm are seeking for the project would leave little room for the proposed power-generating wind turbines. The wind farm'sMore >>
A central Indiana official says the tough conditions opponents of a planned wind farm are seeking for the project would leave little room for the proposed power-generating wind turbines.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:00 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:00:45 GMT
A Purdue University official says the school has made fast progress finding $40 million in savings or new revenue to support a two-year tuition freeze announced in March. Purdue treasurer Al Diaz tellsMore >>
A Purdue University official says the school has made fast progress finding $40 million in savings or new revenue to support a two-year tuition freeze announced in March.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:56:01 GMT
Statement from the Indiana Pacers: Over the last two days under the care of the Indiana Pacers' medical staff, George Hill has participated in each step of the NBA's Return-to-Participation Exertion ProtocolMore >>
Indiana Pacers guard George Hill has been cleared to play Saturday night against the New York Knicks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:45:02 GMT
Oxbow has won the Preakness, ruining Orb's bid to capture the Triple Crown. Oxbow led from start to finish. It was the sixth Preakness victory for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas and 15th Triple CrownMore >>
Oxbow has won the Preakness, ruining Orb's bid to capture the Triple Crown.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:23 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:23:35 GMT
A new federal report says inmates at the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis are more likely to be sexually abused by guards than inmates at any other jail in the nation. The Justice department reportMore >>
A new federal report says inmates at the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis are more likely to be sexually abused by guards than inmates at any other jail in the nation.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 20:56:07 GMT
Pole Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway meant a lot more than just racing. This was a family affair with a little bit of something for everyone for non-stop entertainment. The day's festivities startedMore >>
Pole Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway meant a lot more than just racing. This was a family affair with a little bit of something for everyone for non-stop entertainment.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:03 PM EDT2013-05-18 20:03:11 GMT
It's less about the lemonade and more about the lesson. More than 20,000 local children got their first taste of the business world Saturday when they took part in Lemonade Day. The work behind JohnMore >>
It's less about the lemonade and more about the lesson.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 3:32 PM EDT2013-05-18 19:32:54 GMT
There could be bumping at Indianapolis this weekend. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports said Saturday afternoon that it has hired British driver Katherine Legge to drive the No. 81 car. That gives IndianapolisMore >>
There could be bumping at Indianapolis this weekend.More >>
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana has spent hundreds of millions of Hoosier tax dollars to attract jobs, but the actual number of jobs created has been a tightly kept secret. Today state lawmakers had a chance to change that. They debated a bill that would require the state's detailed job numbers to be released to the public. Despite talk of transparency, some state leaders are still fighting to keep job numbers private.
Across Indiana, 13 Investigates exposed abandoned factories and empty corn fields where the state claimed there were supposed to be thousands of jobs.
The Eyewitness News investigation showed the Indiana Economic Development Corporation had misled Hoosiers by skewing its statewide job numbers. For years, the state's official job-creation agency bragged about tens of thousands of jobs that had never come due to economic development deals that had failed to materialize.
Senator Mike Delph (R-Carmel) says the investigation is the impetus behind Senate Bill 162. Tuesday at the Indiana Statehouse, Delph's bill took center stage as senators debated whether to change the culture surrounding Indiana's economic development transparency.
"At its core, that is what senate bill 162 is all about: disclosure, accountability, transparency," Delph said during his testimony before the senate Tax & Fiscal Policy Committee.
The legislation would require IEDC to be more open about the state's real job numbers by publicly disclosing not only how many jobs and how much investment each company predicted, but also how many jobs and how much investment each company has actually delivered.
Delph introduced the bill last month, after learning IEDC is keeping basic information a secret from the public. For example, just to see all the companies getting your tax dollars from IEDC, the agency told WTHR we'd have to look through more than 30,000 pages of documents. Nearly a year later, most of those documents still have not been released to Eyewitness News by IEDC.
"I don't think transparency and job creation are mutually exclusive or adversarial," Delph told colleagues at today's public hearing. "I think the public has a right to know what their return on investment is for their public tax dollars."
Over the past five years, IEDC has pledged more than $550 million in tax dollars to corporations in exchange for those companies creating, re-locating or expanding their business in Indiana.
Public watchdog groups such as the Hoosier State Press Association and Common Cause Indiana testified in favor of the proposed law.
"We believe this bill is needed to ensure the public gets the information they need and are entitled to," said Common Cause executive director Julia Vaughn.
IEDC was less enthusiastic about the bill.
"We are in general favor of transparency and accountability and, at the same time, we don't want to do anything that we believe would put at risk our ability to have jobs move to Indiana," said IEDC's newly-appointed president, Eric Doden.
While IEDC releases specific job numbers when it announces new projects at ribbon-cutting parties and job announcement ceremonies, Doden told lawmakers he believes his agency should not be required to release specific job numbers years later to show how many of those jobs were actually delivered.
He favors IEDC's standing policy of releasing only aggregate job numbers for the entire state – not detailed job numbers to show whether each company receiving state tax incentives is meeting its job commitments.
"When I was in business, the number of employees was a trade secret," he said. "If other people were permitted to see how well we did, especially competitors, that could be harmful to our business … any risk that would have a chilling effect on people's interest in coming here to Indiana should be avoided from my perspective."
Asked whether he had any evidence to show businesses would not be willing to bring jobs to Indiana if Indiana required heightened transparency, Doden told senators he did not.
"We do not have direct evidence that would happen," he said, adding that additional transparency in Indiana is not needed because Indiana rarely gives out incentive money until after corporations show they have created jobs.
Delph pointed out that evidence actually suggests otherwise. He cited a 2012 report from Site Selection Magazine that shows Ohio, Illinois and Michigan have all attracted more new facilities and expansion projects during the past three years than Indiana – despite the fact that all of those states have economic development transparency laws that require the release of detailed job performance numbers for companies receiving publicly-funded tax incentives.
But some state senators shared IEDC's concerns about the proposed transparency bill.
Committee Chairman Brandt Hershman (R-Monticello) wondered aloud if the legislation might have unintended consequences by requiring IEDC to release too much information. He introduced an amendment to SB 162 that was full of recommendations favored by IEDC.
The amendment would essentially strip down Delph's transparency bill and provide IEDC with a loophole for its future reporting.
It allows IEDC to submit an annual incentives and compliance report to the governor, legislature and public that includes limited information involving only "active incentive agreements." That would permit IEDC to include only the most successful companies it deals with in its compliance reports, allowing IEDC to omit non-active projects. Non-active projects include recipient companies that declared bankruptcy, those that decided not to move to Indiana following their publicly-announced job announcements, and those that failed to meet their job commitments for other economic reasons. It is estimated there are hundreds of non-active projects on IEDC's books, and few – if any -- of those projects would be mentioned in IEDC's compliance reports under the amendment proposed by Hershman.
The amendment would also eliminate a requirement that IEDC show how many jobs companies have actually created – not simply the number of jobs they hoped to create – while also deleting ambiguous wording that might have required IEDC to release information that companies consider proprietary.
"We favor the amendment," Doden told members of the committee.
With those changes, senators voted unanimously to pass the bill -- a watered-down version that requires no new transparency from IEDC.
Senators were quick to realize that.
"It's basically what they're doing already," said Sen. Lindel Hume (D-Princeton) just moments after the 12-0 vote was tallied.
While the amended legislation does not require IEDC to release any detailed job numbers – a primary goal of the original legislation – Delph remains optimistic. He believes the bill could be changed again once the bill goes to the full senate for a vote.
"It's my hope we can get an amendment and toughen the bill up and try to bring transparency to the IEDC," he said as he left the hearing room.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:40 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:40:00 GMT
Allison Jacob of Indianapolis who is a junior at Ball State University where she's majoring in Communications and Public Relations was named the 2013 500 Festival Queen on Saturday morning. She graduatedMore >>
Ball State student Allison Jacob named 2013 500 Festival Queen. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:18 AM EDT2013-05-18 08:18:20 GMT
The winning numbers were drawn Friday night in the $190 million Mega Millions jackpot. The winning numbers were 11, 15, 35, 43, 49, with a MegaBall number of 41. Saturday night, numbers will be drawnMore >>
The winning numbers were 11, 15, 35, 43, 49, with a MegaBall number of 41.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 3:18 PM EDT2013-05-17 19:18:48 GMT
CeCe Bruce has received a couple of large tips in her life, but nothing like he one she got Wednesday morning. CeCe, a waitress at the Steak 'n Shake restaurant at Keystone and 54th Street, receivedMore >>
CeCe Bruce has received a couple of large tips in her career, but nothing like the one she got Wednesday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:43 AM EDT2013-05-18 10:43:31 GMT
A car came very close to crashing into someone's home near Lawrence. It started with a brief police chase after the officer tried to pull the driver over for a traffic stop. It ended on Conreid Drive,More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:14 AM EDT2013-05-18 13:14:33 GMT
The son of the U.S. national swim team director is reporting that Michael Phelps is planning a comeback for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Peter Busch, whose father Frank oversees the American program, is a newsMore >>
The son of the U.S. national swim team director is reporting that Michael Phelps is planning a comeback for the 2016 Rio Olympics.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:58:30 GMT
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a two-year deal with star pass rusher Dwight Freeney that could be worth $13.35 million. The deal to bring Freeney to the Chargers came four days after outside linebackerMore >>
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a two-year deal with star pass rusher Dwight Freeney that could be worth $13.35 million.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:06 AM EDT2013-05-18 05:06:01 GMT
Visitors and employees of Indiana University Health will no longer be able to buy sugary drinks from cafeterias, vending machines and gift shops on hospital campuses. Indiana University Health implementedMore >>
Visitors and employees of Indiana University Health will no longer be able to buy sugary drinks from cafeterias, vending machines and gift shops on hospital campuses.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:19 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:19:05 GMT
Point guard George Hill will be a game-time decision as the Pacers try to close out the Knicks. After Indiana's shootaround Saturday morning, coach Frank Vogel did not say whether Hill had passed hisMore >>
Point guard George Hill will be a game-time decision as the Pacers try to close out the Knicks.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:13 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:13:48 GMT
A Lafayette program designed to help the homeless, victims of domestic violence and nonviolent offenders is carrying on its mission despite the loss of federal funding. Efforts started under the WeedMore >>
A Lafayette program designed to help the homeless, victims of domestic violence and nonviolent offenders is carrying on its mission despite the loss of federal funding.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 10:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:59:44 GMT
A mother is pleading with police and her neighbors to try and find the driver who struck her son in a hit and run crash. Daniel Lopez is in critical condition, fighting for his life at the hospital. PoliceMore >>
Police still don't know who struck seven-year-old Daniel Lopez, who remains in critical condition in a coma. More >>