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KETZENBERGER: We've got to stop running elections like this

May 17, 2014
It always was a little awkward entering a polling place during the primary and declaring to the poll judges which ballot I wanted. As a news reporter, I didn’t like having to declare my affinity for one party or the other.

KETZENBERGER: It isn't about the destination; it's about the quest

March 15, 2014
When I was a kid with a tank full of cheap gas and nothing but time on my hands, I’d drive all over the countryside trying to get lost.

KETZENBERGER: With religion, to welcome one is to welcome all

January 18, 2014
I read recently that a proposed statue of a goat-headed figure of Satan, known as Baphomet, is a bad idea on the grounds of Oklahoma’s Capitol.

KETZENBERGER: Thoughtful notions from the Vlogbrothers

November 2, 2013
John and Hank Green, also known as the Vlogbrothers, exchange videos with each other twice a week. Sometimes the videos are funny and sometimes they’re serious, but they’re usually thought-provoking.

KETZENBERGER: We're more resourceful than we realize

August 31, 2013
A realization struck recently as I was sitting in the shade of an umbrella stuck into the white sand that rims Thunder Bay in northeast Michigan, a copy of “The Last Policeman” across my lap.

Partying like it’s 2013

May 4, 2013
Even after the Great Recession and throughout the stubborn economic recovery, it’s getting harder to recall when Indiana’s fiscal house was a shambles.

KETZENBERGER: How newspapers shot their own feet

September 1, 2012
Mr. Chapman lived across the street from my elementary school, in a ramshackle house behind the candy store. I’d seen him around, but never met him until I started to deliver the Auburn Evening Star along 15th Street.

KETZENBERGER: Indianapolis needs more 'Yeah' attitude

August 4, 2012
How many times do you suppose Brian Payne heard, “Yeah, but” when he was selling the idea of a Cultural Trail?

KETZENBERGER: Local philanthropists trump Durham's greed

June 30, 2012
These examples all are tonic for the cheaters, self-dealers and dispiriting crooks among us.

KETZENBERGER: Struggling to be positive about campaign ads

May 5, 2012
Only recently have I begun to yield to my more cynical suspicions about the motives behind the smears.

KETZENBERGER: Lessons learned from the Super Bowl stage

March 31, 2012
We’re blowing the socks off some guy from Philly before Madonna strikes her first pose.

KETZENBERGER: Gerrymandering surpasses ignorance

March 3, 2012
Gerrymandering, not the lack of a high intelligence quotient, stunts evolution of the General Assembly.

KETZENBERGER: A grocery clerk sizes up the contenders

February 4, 2012
Republicans are about to lose a whole generation of potential voters.

KETZENBERGER: 'Because we can' is the wrong reason

January 7, 2012
Lawmakers are wasting their time if they spend a single minute on anything but bills meant to improve business conditions.

KETZENBERGER: Expect a big fight over the 'Amazon' tax

December 10, 2011
That iPod purchased through cost 7 percent less than the one sold at Apple’s store at Keystone Crossing.

KETZENBERGER: Great leadership from an unlikely place

November 12, 2011
Rol had done pretty well with his roofing business and it changed the way I thought of him.

KETZENBERGER: Dreaming of an honorable political ad

October 8, 2011
The really good ones, and by that I mean highly effective politically, whack your senses in such a way that you don’t realize it.

KETZENBERGER: Driving into the past to find the future

September 10, 2011
It’s a timely reminder to ignore those who would rather hunker down, avoid risk and ride out the economic storm.

KETZENBERGER: There's nothing divine about a balanced budget

August 6, 2011
The governor, legislative fiscal leaders and their fiscal staffs deserve a lot of credit, but their effort to put Indiana on sound fiscal footing is not miraculous. They did it the old-fashioned way—with a lot of hard work, tough decisions and a little luck.

KETZENBERGER: Polarizing politics paralyzes public policy

July 9, 2011
If we’re not careful with this increasingly all-or-nothing mentality, we’ll find ourselves living with tumbleweeds and dirt streets.

KETZENBERGER: Americans prefer shiny objects to substance

June 11, 2011
Gov. Mitch Daniels’ marital history has no bearing on his ability to steer the country and reveals no damning character flaws.

KETZENBERGER: Cook and Durham are a study in contrasts

May 7, 2011
Cook took wealth for himself, no doubt, but not before he made sure the companies and the employees had what they needed, and we’re all the better for it.

KETZENBERGER: Drafting Daniels for corporate Indiana

April 9, 2011
If his first run for governor is any indication, he’d make a heckuva presidential candidate. I hope he doesn’t.

KETZENBERGER: Referenda may divide school funding equity

March 12, 2011
The recession and slow recovery have made it harder for schools to win approval for tax increases for both general spending and construction.

KETZENBERGER: State taxes will suffer until wages recover

February 12, 2011
Wages in the state’s manufacturing sector are falling as two-tier wage structures and other pressures reduce workers’ income.

KETZENBERGER: Daniels will define legacy in key speech

January 8, 2011
Gov. Mitch Daniels’ upcoming State of the State speech will be the seventh time he has addressed a joint session of the General Assembly, and it’s likely the one that will define his mark on Indiana for years to come.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.