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STYRING: Considering a weapon of last resort against the feds

Chances are you’d never heard of something called the “Mount Vernon Assembly” before reading this column.
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STYRING: Utopian transit dreamers could railroad taxpayers

After years of trying, mass transit advocates have finally steered a central Indiana transit bill through the General Assembly. It authorizes county councils and, in some cases, township boards to approve ballot referenda imposing up to a 0.25-percent transit income tax.
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STYRING: Stereotypes aside, business taxes really do matter

Gov. Mike Pence has proposed eliminating property taxes on business machinery and equipment. How exactly that is to be done, and over what time frame, he has left to the wisdom of the General Assembly.
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STYRING: Obamacare rests on numbers concoction

Everybody’s talking about Obamacare. Website crashes. People booted off their health insurance. Sticker shock. No doubt we’ll be talking about it through the 2014 election. And the 2016 election. And most likely well beyond that.
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STYRING: The teachers association lost its way

Nothing in politics is so constant as change. Consider the Indiana State Teachers Association.
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STYRING: Conservatives, retake the 'liberal' flag!

When Gov. Mike Pence was Indiana Policy Review Foundation president in the 1990s, editors of the foundation’s flagship publication, Indiana Policy Review, constantly harped at their writers to use precise English. The masthead even sported a Lord Acton quote: “When words lose their meaning, men lose their liberty.”
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STYRING: Bowen held line on property taxes

Indiana has said farewell to former Gov. Otis Bowen. Much has been written in tribute to “Doc,” and all of it deserved. He surely was the most popular governor in anyone’s memory. Even his political enemies respected him as a thoroughly decent human being.
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STYRING: Workers will flood health exchanges

The local business guys and gals I talk to watch the coming full implementation of Obamacare with a sense of angst.
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STYRING: This carrot might leave a bitter taste

Some time before April 15, the Legislature must decide whether to accept a deal from the federal government to expand Medicaid coverage. It’s shaping up as one of two or three major calls our lawmakers must make.
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STYRING: Forecasting the next General Assembly

Battle lines for the next General Assembly are evident already.
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