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Former Indiana Lt Gov John Mutz is chairman of policy review board which reviews incentive packages designed to get businesses to stay in the state. He told the IBJ he's committee would be reviewing the package like they do all others. But he doesn't think that was the big driver of Carrier's decision.

As we discussed a few days ago, Carrier isn't just Carrier. It's owned by United Technologies, a massive aerospace and technology firm with a huge amount of business with the federal government. UTC is in no position to get too crosswise with an incoming president.

“United Technologies," Mutz told the paper, "is a gigantic international company with many different divisions and subsidiaries, many of which do substantial amounts of business with the U.S. government. The dynamics are considerably different than they were even before the election. You’re talking here about a company that is trying to be competitive and also wants to keep their business with the government.”

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