Indiana's shape is relative

January 21, 2010
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Indiana is in pretty good financial shape, right? That’s the conclusion you’d draw if your sole source were Gov. Mitch Daniels’ State of the State address this week.

The conclusion would be on target—if the universe of states were the Rust Belt along with California, New York and several other haggard places. Compared to Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin, which are mired deeply in debt, Indiana looks positively pristine.

But Indiana isn’t without problems. A package of stories posted yesterday by Forbes is worth a look. The magazine places Indiana 15th in an analysis of debt load and ability to pay the obligations.

On a related note, an index of leading economic indicators compiled by the Indiana Business Research Center within Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business staged another uptick in December. The index climbed only 0.2 percent, but at least it was an improvement. The index has been on a slow upward trend since March last year. The release and a chart are here.

How do you feel about a No. 15 rank? Other thoughts?

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  1. These liberals are out of control. They want to drive our economy into the ground and double and triple our electric bills. Sierra Club, stay out of Indy!

  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

  3. Maybe they shouldn't be throwing money at the IRL or whatever they call it now. Probably should save that money for actual operations.

  4. For you central Indiana folks that don't know what a good pizza is, Aurelio's will take care of that. There are some good pizza places in central Indiana but nothing like this!!!

  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

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