MickeyMaurer

IBJ columnist
Chairman, IBJ Media Corp.

An Indianapolis native, Maurer graduated from North Central High School and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of Colorado. He returned home for law school, earning a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University, where he was a writer and an editor of the Law Journal. He also successfully completed the CPA examination. Maurer serves as chairman the board at IBJ Corp. and The National Bank of Indianapolis. In 2001, he established “Mickey’s Camp,” a charitable endeavor that has raised more than $1 million for central Indiana charities. In 2006, Maurer was named Indiana’s secretary of commerce by Gov. Mitch Daniels, serving in that position until 2008. Maurer can be seen on Fox 59 in a quarterly program called “Mickey’s Corner,” interviewing Indiana luminaries. In 2008, IU's School of Law-Bloomington was renamed Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Maurer is a regularly published contributor to The New York Times crossword puzzle. His hobbies also include skiing, biking, mountain climbing, woodworking and underwater photography. His woodworking has won a blue ribbon at the Indiana State Fair. In 1999, he successfully climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. In 2003 Maurer authored a book of his underwater photography entitled “Water Colors.” His second book, “19 Stars of Indiana,” was published in 2009. Maurer and his wife, Janie, have three children and seven grandchildren.

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MAURER: Iconic Cento’s steps into future

August 2, 2014
Third generation shoe repair shop is the kind of business that is backbone of America.
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MAURER: Upon reflection, some personal advice

July 5, 2014
There are certain things you should do before it's too late.
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MAURER: Rep. Young's social impact bond idea is a winner

June 21, 2014
Invite the business community to efficiently solve some of society's most pressing problems.
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MAURER: Endocyte: What happens now?

June 7, 2014
The company, once heralded for a promising cancer treatment, is down but not out.
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Maurer puzzle answers

May 24, 2014
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MAURER: Shortz' Living Legend status isn't puzzling

May 24, 2014
The hard-to-please New York Times puzzle editor has earned this high Hoosier honor.
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Senators to sausage—Mickey's Camp has it all

May 10, 2014
Spaces fill up fast in the annual men's and women's camps that send money to favorite charities.
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MAURER: Good science—and some creativity—keep Lilly on its game

April 26, 2014
Things look bright for the city's pharma giant even if it doesn't borrow marketing slogans.
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MAURER: Does She Love Me?

April 12, 2014
Work this week's crossword puzzle for a reassuring answer.
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MAURER: A teaching program that works

March 29, 2014
The benefits of Teach for America show through at Kipp Indy.
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MAURER: Corporate muscle lifts Indiana

March 1, 2014
Companies are part of broad coalitions that have saved us from wrong-headed legislation.
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MAURER: Hoosier bigotry has real-life consequences

February 15, 2014
Let's elect legislators who recognize the damage that can be done by measures like HJR-3.
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MAURER: Anti-Semitism far from extinct

February 1, 2014
Plenty of examples, both at home and abroad, show the world is still an unfriendly place.
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MAURER: What the boss doesn't know

January 18, 2014
Does Chris Christie know all? Don't tell anyone, but the governor I worked for didn't.
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MAURER: Catching up before moving ahead

January 4, 2014
A look back at some of the topics and people I wrote about in 2013.
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MAURER: Wanted: chubby guy with white beard

December 21, 2013
Claus is known to drink too much eggnog and overwork and underpay his poor elves.
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MAURER: Who’s reading this newspaper—and others?

December 7, 2013
You can learn a lot about a person by finding out what newspapers they read.
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MAURER: A mystery to interrupt your feast

November 23, 2013
You are employed by the ASCAP Detective Agency. Your Thanksgiving has been interrupted by an urgent request to identify a celebrity whose voice has not been heard since 1998. Use the worksheet to help you organize the clues.
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MAURER: If you’re 70, Corporate Challenge is a breeze

November 9, 2013
In the seniors division, age is your primary competition in this fun-filled community event.
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MAURER: Costumes that are sure to be a hit

October 26, 2013
Some of them are heroes; others will scare the living daylights out of you.
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MAURER: Leonard Fromm is gone, but his wisdom remains

October 12, 2013
Former law professor's influence on students lasted long after they got their degrees.
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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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