(AP) — Gov. Mike Pence asked the Indiana Economic Development Corp. on
Monday to review its decision to grant $345,000 in economic incentives to
a company started by a top Republican lawmaker and his son.
governor said he wants the IEDC's board of directors to review the state
aid offered to Mainstreet Property Group. The company, which develops
senior and assisted living complexes, was co-founded by Republican House
Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner and is run by his son, Zeke.
IEDC awards tax breaks and grants to foster economic development in the
state. Mainstreet was offered conditional jobs tax credits and training
grants if it hired additional workers as part of its move from Cicero to
spokeswoman Katelyn Hancock said in a statement that the agency, at the
governor's request, "has placed the letter of intent with Mainstreet
Property Group LLC on hold pending a review by the IEDC board of
Associated Press first reported the lawmaker's ties to the project Monday
Turner, Hancock and a Mainstreet spokeswoman each said independently
Monday that the lawmaker wasn't involved in winning the state economic
don't know anything about whether they're getting any state or local aid.
I know about the move, but my son runs the company, he's the president and
CEO," Turner said.
if he saw anything wrong with any company started by a lawmaker or a
lawmaker's immediate family getting state aid, he said many part-time
legislators work in jobs or invest in businesses that seek business or aid
from the state.
son is operating an expanding business and looking for new space for the
expanding business and hoping to hire new employees," Eric Turner
is planning to spend $800,000 leasing and equipping 7,120 square feet of
office space in Carmel, and hiring as many as 25 new workers by 2015. The
company currently employs 20 workers.
spokeswoman Kate Snedeker was not immediately available to comment on the
governor's decision. Earlier in the day, Snedeker said Eric Turner had no
role in the company's move and touted the project as a good investment for
would think this is the kind of business we would want to attract and
retain in the state," Snedeker said.
company has previously secured work from the state. The Fort Wayne
Journal-Gazette reported in 2010 on Eric Turners' successful bid to place
a call center in a converted school building purchased through a
subsidiary of Mainstreet. The call center was authorized as part of the
state's failed attempt to privatize welfare. Eric Turner denied any