Two key projects scuttled by Indiana officials, the $2.6 billion Rockport coal-to-gas plant and a $1.8 billion fertilizer plant in Mount Vernon, means the loss of more than 4,000 construction jobs for the state's construction industry, writes Eric Bradner. Opponents of the projects say the cost to the state was just too much, while proponents say "opportunities to remake the local economy and chip into a still-high unemployment rate must be seized."

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