Category Archives: Indianapolis

Mike Pence’s Indianapolis Visit Brings Heavy Cost To City Taxpayers

An unexpected trip to the city of Indianapolis by United States Vice-President Mike Pence resulted in a heavy bill being written for taxpayers. Figures released to the IndyStar in response to a request shows that the Metro Police Department in Indianapolis had expenses of $26,000 to accommodate the vice-president. This amount is only the expenses that have been claimed by IMPD and does not take into account monies spend from the federal budget.


The original plans were for Spence to make an appearance at an event hosted by a political group backing President Donald Trump in the city of Carmel. The event was to be a show of support for the president’s efforts to execute the tax overhaul. But just two days before the event, officials for the city of Indianapolis learned that Pence would be changing plans and instead would attend an event taking place in Indianapolis by a company known as Infosys. The company, which is based in India, was alerting the public of plans to construct a campus at a former airport terminal in the city of Indianapolis at a cost of $245 million.


Pence, along with Alexander Acosta, United States Labor Secretary, attended the event put on by Infosys and the event to celebrate the president’s tax overhaul was postponed until May 18.


For the event, Pence was provided private escorts along with traffic control and teams readied for tactical response. This included SWAT team personnel that was prepared to support the efforts of secret service officers.

Butler Loses to Georgetown

The Butler University Bulldogs have likely done enough to secure their spot in the March Madness tournament, but they still want to finish the regular season strong to improve their overall seed. Butler had a chance to add another big win to their resume when the Georgetown Hoyas traveled to Indianapolis yesterday, but the game did not go as planned.

The Bulldogs were down by as much as 11 points early in the first half, but they used tough defense to battle their way back into the game. Butler was only down by five points at halftime after finishing the first half strong. Unfortunately, they were unable to keep the momentum going in the second half. The Bulldogs completely lost their shooting touch during the long halftime break, so they found themselves down by double digits after only a few minutes.

Butler showed why they are one of the toughest teams in the country during the final minutes of yesterday’s game. A big scoring run shrank the deficit to only three points with one minute tfel to play. Kamar Baldwin had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but his shot came up just short. The Butler Bulldogs ultimately lost 87-83 to the Georgetown Hoyas.

Butler is now on a disappointing three-game losing streak. They have four games left in the regular season to change their momentum before the big postseason tournament. Butler will host the Providence Friars in Indianapolis in their next game on Saturday, February 17.

25,000 Dropped From Medicaid in Indiana

When the Obama Administration rolled out the Affordable Care Act, part of the program was for states to expand Medicaid coverage for those who made up to 138 percent of the poverty level. In exchange for states doing this, the federal government would pick up the vast majority of the state’s additional Medicaid costs.


Many states did expand Medicaid, yet several did not and have not. One state that did expand Medicaid coverage was Indiana. Indiana did make some requirements on new Medicaid recipients. They were required to pay a small premium for the coverage. If the premium was not paid, they would be removed from the Medicaid rolls. Those who didn’t not pay for two consecutive months were locked out of the Medicaid system for a period of six months.


Since Indiana’s Medicaid expansion law has been in effect, 25,000 people have been dropped from the Medicaid program due to a failure to pay their premiums. Those who are under the poverty level don’t have their health coverage removed, but the Medicaid coverage for dental care and vision care are dropped.


Now, Indiana wants to place further restrictions on Medicaid recipients. The state wants to require all able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer for at least 20 hours each week. Those who fail to meet these requirements will be dropped from Medicaid.


Anti-poverty advocates are upset about the existing and proposed rules. They feel that dropping someone from coverage will only lead to more emergency room use. They also feel that those dropped from coverage may experience poorer health as a result of loss of care

Going Beyond the Job

James William McDonald, who was better known as Bill or Dr. Bill, a Hardinsburg veterinarian passed away Monday January 2. As the news of his unexpected death traveled, the stories traveled too. In his 47 years, Bill impacted a lot of people, all of who have nothing but kind, caring words to share about their memories of him.

He was a veterinarian in the very small southern Indiana town and of course loved animals, including those in the area shelters and rescues. He never said no, if someone reached out, in need of help. The father of 3 would often bring his children along on weekend or evening calls to help an animal in need, teaching them not just how to care for the hurt or sick animal, but also showing them first hand how to help, to spread love however, where ever you can.

He gave his all to what he loved. Many who used him as their veterinarian shared stories of how he cared more about the animals than making money. He would cut prices, regardless of how expensive a surgery or medicine may run; he never hesitated to charge less, if it meant helping an animal that otherwise would not be able to be helped. Often he would write off bills and charges for his services through the shelters and rescues, out of the goodness of his heart without ever asking or expecting anything in return.

Carrier Slashes 215 More Jobs at Indianapolis Plant

The Carrier plant in Indianapolis laid off 215 of its employees Thursday in a cost-cutting move. The Indiana-based heating and air-conditioning plant’s latest round of lay-offs comes after already sending 600 jobs from the Indianapolis plant to Carrier’s facilities in Monterrey Mexico this past year.

The job cuts come one year after a highly publicized visit by then president-elect Donald Trump claiming to have negotiated a deal between Carrier’s parent company United Technologies, and the state of Indiana to save the plant from closing. The deal included 7 million dollars in tax incentives for the company to remain in business in Indiana.

Addressing a crowd of supporters and employees at the Carrier plant last December Trump promised, “Companies are not going to be leaving the United States any more without consequences. Not going to happen.” The President even made the claim of adding jobs to the plant, “And by the way, that number is going to go up substantially as they expand this area, this plant. So the 1,100 is going to be a minimum number”.
Trump’s speech at Carrier plant in Indianapolis Indiana December 2016

Last November the Rexnord Corporation, members of the same labor union as Carrier, closed down its nearby Indianapolis plant costing 300 workers their jobs. This year United Technologies also has plans to close their UTEC facility in Huntington Indiana, costing the state another 700 jobs. Around 60 former Carrier employees have enrolled in a company sponsored educational reimbursement program to earn a academic degree.