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MUTZ: Growth is answer to GOP agenda

May 31, 2014
It’s time for Republicans to stop playing defense on President Obama’s agenda and implement our own pro-growth agenda that solves the country’s biggest problems—the economy and jobs—then reap the political rewards.

MUTZ: Arcane rules will haunt the new Congress

December 15, 2012
The priority for Congress as it convenes in a lame-duck session is to reach an agreement that averts a fiscal crisis. To accomplish that goal, it may also be necessary to agree on major changes to three arcane procedures that govern the House and Senate.

MUTZ: More campaign disclosure necessary

November 17, 2012
Who made a campaign contribution and for how much should be public information before the election. Two court rulings since 2010 and creation of several finance vehicles have complicated and confused the situation.

MUTZ: Change won't come without realignment

October 13, 2012
With the political landscape littered with failed attempts to end impasse and frustrated citizens worried about the need for change, many voters are saying they intend to vote for the man, not the party. Apparently they think this approach will get results.

MUTZ: Star can survive media market chaos

September 15, 2012
Once upon a time, three daily newspapers operated in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Times, a Scripps-Howard paper, was first to stop its presses, in 1965, a victim of competition and the advent of aggressive electronic news sources.

MUTZ: Break up the school building monopoly

August 18, 2012
Indiana school corporations no longer have a monopoly on public school programming because the charter movement has given families a choice. But charter schools do not have financial support from state or local government to build, remodel or lease locations for their schools.

MUTZ: Daniels' plans for Purdue will range wide

July 14, 2012
Predicting what Daniels will tackle is as risky as second-guessing a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

MUTZ: Neither left nor right can ignore Murray book

May 19, 2012
“Coming Apart” is about the gradual slip of the American Dream from possibility to impossibility.

MUTZ: Ballard needs Unigov wisdom for education

April 14, 2012
For traditionalists, IPS faces a perfect storm. For a thoughtful mayor, it is a perfect opportunity.

MUTZ: Next up in education reform: governance

March 17, 2012
Unfortunately, our existing system of elected school boards is not getting the results our state and nation need.

MUTZ: Health care budgets at risk of overload

February 18, 2012
Under these definitions, some of our most-honored citizens could be considered mentally ill.

MUTZ: Referendums reveal faint political courage

January 21, 2012
The mass transit proposal now being supported by business and community groups is similar in complexity to Unigov.

MUTZ: Faster—faster—on education attainment

December 24, 2011
We are behind the curve and becoming less competitive all the time.

MUTZ: Is compromise actually a dirty word?

November 26, 2011
Whether we want to admit it or not, compromise is essential to our way of life.

MUTZ: Several solid reasons to re-elect Ballard

October 22, 2011
There is no better example of courageous leadership in the past four years than Ballard's handling of the financial crisis facing the Capital Improvement Board.

MUTZ: Pressure's on to tackle immigration reform

September 24, 2011
Until some reasonable change in the legislation is made, we will continue to have a system that is unfair and impossible to enforce.

MUTZ: Burton should go out while he's on top

August 20, 2011
This is the ideal time to step down. He can become a senior statesman, enjoy an exceptional retirement package, and devote his time to other kinds of public service.

MUTZ: Hoping reform chic sinks into the culture

July 23, 2011
It was the biggest turnout for an education event I have ever seen in Indiana.

MUTZ: Small communities aren't destined to decay

May 21, 2011
Although many planners and economists say some communities are a lost cause, local determination and leadership can make a difference.

MUTZ: Indiana should pioneer 'no adult left behind'

April 23, 2011
Indiana needs its own version of the G.I. Bill aimed at the undereducated. We should formulate a targeted program that is designed so that no adult is left behind.

MUTZ: Gale of opportunity blowing toward IPS

March 26, 2011
The New Orleans school system, which endured almost total devastation due to Hurricane Katrina, may give us a model to follow. When given an opportunity for a fresh start, the city developed a combination of public and charter schools.

MUTZ: Getting economic development right

February 26, 2011
As an IEDC board member and former lieutenant governor responsible for economic development in the 1980s, I believe IEDC is one of the most successful economic development agencies in the nation.

MUTZ: Improve our existing utility regulations

January 22, 2011
The actions by utility representatives, the regulatory commission chairman and one of his employees created the appearance of impropriety.

MUTZ: Reclaim education from the unions

December 25, 2010
No doubt about it. My vote for collective bargaining rights for teachers as a state senator in 1973 was a big mistake. Not my only miscue in public life, but a whopper.
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