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Gary has nowhere near the debt of bankrupt Detroit

Gary has nowhere near the debt of bankrupt Detroit

When Detroit filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, it called up recent memories of Gary going before the Distressed Unit Appeals Board year after year.

August 08, 2013 7:30 pm Photos


Detroit-style bankruptcy can't happen in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS | No matter how destitute or debt-laden, no Hoosier local governmental body can file for bankruptcy like Detroit did earlier this month.

July 27, 2013 9:30 pm Related
DOUG ROSS: Gary turns to old ideas for new help

DOUG ROSS: Gary turns to old ideas for new help

This is a story of bipartisanship, of partnerships, of Bayh partnerships. It is a tale of helping the needy. And Gary needs help. In many forms.

July 19, 2013 12:00 am Related

EDITORIAL: Parking take-home cars a good first step in Calumet Township

The Calumet Township trustee's office has taken some heat lately -- both locally and in the Indiana Legislature -- for perceived past and current wasteful spending practices and tax rates well beyond the state average for similar offices.

July 12, 2013 12:00 am

Plan capping Calumet Twp. spending headed to governor

INDIANAPOLIS | It took six years of explaining, arguing and working around legislative roadblocks, but Griffith is now just a few pen strokes away from having a path to exit Calumet Township.

April 18, 2013 7:30 pm Related

Senate OKs limits on Calumet Twp. spending, gives Griffith chance to leave

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Senate has approved legislation, long sought by Griffith residents, limiting Calumet Township spending and giving Griffith a chance to leave the township if spending continues at current levels.

April 04, 2013 7:00 pm Related


Senators back Griffith, refuse to change plan limiting Calumet Twp. spending

INDIANAPOLIS | If some day Griffith succeeds in separating from Calumet Township, no one can say state Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, didn't try to stop it from happening.

April 02, 2013 6:00 pm Related


Senate panel restores chance for Griffith to leave Calumet Twp.

INDIANAPOLIS | Griffith has won back the chance to leave Calumet Township, but only if the township fails to reduce spending on its own next year and a subsequent state takeover also fails.

March 26, 2013 12:52 pm

Senate panel halts Griffith bid to leave Calumet Township

INDIANAPOLIS | The possibility of Griffith leaving Calumet Township and joining another faded significantly Wednesday after a Senate committee substituted new limits on township poor relief spending for House-approved Griffith separation legislation.

March 13, 2013 3:39 pm

State board gains new powers to help financially distressed schools, governments

INDIANAPOLIS | The state board that let Gary exceed Indiana's property tax caps for three years to help straighten out the city's finances has a new mission.

September 18, 2012 6:15 pm

Daniels signs 46 bills into law

INDIANAPOLIS | A new fee for 911 service, assistance for financially distressed local governments, a plan for the state to opt out of federal health programs, a redefinition of public intoxication and an unusual form of fishing were among the 46 bills signed into law Monday by Republican Gov…

March 19, 2012 5:45 pm Related

Local governments may get to ask emergency manager for financial help

INDIANAPOLIS | Local governments and school corporations in financial distress could ask a state board to appoint an emergency manager to fix their finances under legislation approved by the Indiana General Assembly Friday.

March 09, 2012 5:20 pm

Senate agrees to let broke local governments seek expert help

INDIANAPOLIS | Local governments in financial distress could request expert help to get their budgets balanced under legislation approved 49-1 Wednesday by the Indiana Senate.

February 29, 2012 6:00 pm

Plan approved for distressed local governments to ask for financial manager

INDIANAPOLIS | Financially distressed local governments, including school corporations, could ask the state to appoint an emergency manager with broad powers to fix the unit's finances under legislation approved 45-5 on Monday by the Indiana Senate.

January 30, 2012 8:30 pm

EDITORIAL: Intervention beats government bankruptcy

Indiana state Sen. Ed Charbonneau's legislation to allow local governments, including school districts, to seek emergency state assistance with making ends meet should be approved.

January 25, 2012 12:00 am

Panel approves emergency manager option for financially distressed governments

INDIANAPOLIS | School corporations were added Tuesday to legislation permitting financially distressed local governments to ask a state board that an emergency manager be appointed to fix the unit's finances.

January 17, 2012 1:30 pm

Bill would boost emergency financial manager powers

INDIANAPOLIS | An Indiana Senate committee Tuesday will hear a revised plan from state Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, giving local governments in financial distress the option to ask a state-appointed emergency manager to take over.

January 15, 2012 12:00 am

Ind. municipal bankruptcy bill unlikely to get another shot

INDIANAPOLIS | One of this year's most controversial and complicated Statehouse proposals likely won't be on the agenda when state lawmakers return in January.

November 20, 2011 3:00 pm
MARK KIESLING: Is a lawyer up to the task of saving Gary?

MARK KIESLING: Is a lawyer up to the task of saving Gary?

Much has been made of the educational background of Gary's Democratic mayoral nominee.

May 06, 2011 12:00 am

Legislature does not act on tool to help broke local governments

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana will go forward in an era of constitutional tax caps without any tools to assist local governments facing financial difficulties.

April 30, 2011 12:00 am
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