Economy Blog Posts

The root of Indiana's myriad problems

November 22, 2010
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Longtime economist Morton Marcus says the objective truth is that Indiana is in decline. He also insists the solution is a change in the culture, not just job creation.
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A historian muses on the American character and the debt crisis

November 15, 2010
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Indiana University's James Madison is "marginally optimistic" Americans have the fortitude to tackle what could grow to become an emergency ranking with the Civil War, the Great Depression and World War II.
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Elections encourage an arch-conservative

November 3, 2010
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Bill Styring, whose long, wonkish career includes analyzing health reform for Mike Pence, cried last night.
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Kissinger speaks out about Indiana's 'passion' problem

September 28, 2010
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Pete Kissinger, who co-founded Bioanalytical Systems in West Lafayette, thinks Indiana needs more people like Bill Cook and Scott Jones—people who actually like their businesses.
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Mayors: Time to kick the unemployed in the keister

September 24, 2010
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Marion's Wayne Seybold and Greenfield's Brad DeReamer say too many people would rather collect unemployment than look for work.
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New venture capital firm off to blazingly fast start

September 9, 2010
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Cultivian Ventures began investing in a no-man's land just as the financial crisis ramped up, and now it's already considering a second fund.
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Best real estate agents get severe haircuts

August 30, 2010
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One perspective shows top-selling teams working just as hard to sell 27 percent less.
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Indiana bombs in rankings of 'new economy' states

August 25, 2010
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State has a dire future if Business Facilities' latest lists are any indication.
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Two reasons for optimism about a local housing recovery

August 24, 2010
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Pending sales are shooting up this month, and list prices are edging up over the long haul, a broker notes.
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Do manufacturers ever get to rest? (No.)

August 23, 2010
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Manufacturers continue to wring more from less. But have the gains been worth the human cost?
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Debating the place of the U.S. in the global economy

August 17, 2010
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China and India are quickly moving toward reestablishing their historical roles as two of the world's biggest economies. Where will the U.S. fit in?
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Market losses hammer Indiana colleges

August 16, 2010
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Three institutions flagged by U.S. Department of Education financial responsibility test.
 
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How have state workers fared under performance pay? Good question.

August 13, 2010
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Inconsistencies make comparisons a heavy lift.
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U.S. effectively bankrupt, economist says

August 12, 2010
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Boston University’s Kotlikoff warns the U.S. is actually in worse shape than Greece.
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Hyundai hole in Indiana

August 9, 2010
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The rising Korean industrial giant is building another plant in the U.S., but not in Indiana.
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Auer: Dow 20,000 by 2020

July 29, 2010
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Fund manager says rational thinking suggests the future is actually quite bright.
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Driving hard bargains at a big antique mall

July 27, 2010
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Shoppers are demanding price cuts on already-discounted merchandise. And young adults are showing up in droves.
 
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Legislative showdown unavoidable?

July 26, 2010
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With just about all the meat gnawed off the bones, lawmakers might turn on each other in the upcoming General Assembly.
 
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Will Indy homeowners abandon their mortgages?

July 21, 2010
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In other markets, homeowners who can afford their payments are making the ethical and financial calculus to hand the keys back.
 
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Momentum builds to delay Social Security

July 16, 2010
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Politicians are beginning to tepidly make the case to head off disaster.
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Why the recovery seems so lackluster

July 14, 2010
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Indiana doesn't come out so badly in a new Federal Reserve study.
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An ode to utility workers

July 13, 2010
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They're some of the most stable people in the state, a new study shows.
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Is alternative energy sustainable in Indiana?

July 7, 2010
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An economic development observer questions what will happen after the feds turn off the tap.
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Indy job recovery still underway

June 18, 2010
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Mixed unemployment report has some positive nuggets.
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How federal pork suppresses business

June 15, 2010
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A Harvard study shows companies suffer when politicians deluge their states with federal dollars.
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  1. This is a terrible idea. I have an enormous amount of respect and appreciation for all the men and women who wear a uniform and serve the Indy Metro area. They don't get paid enough for all the crap they have to take. Low Pay and Benefits. Every thug and crazy taking pot shots at them. The statistics, demographics, and data that we have accumulated for umpteen years DO NOT LIE. Let's focus on making sure that the politicians that are "mandating" this crap are living where THEY are supposed to be living. Let's make sure that the politicians are not corrupt and wasting resources before we start digging into the folks on the front lines trying to do a difficult job. Since we are "hip" to "great ideas" Let's round up all the thugs in the Indy Metro area who are on parole violation as well as those in Marion County Jail that are never going to be rehabilitated and ship them down to Central America or better yet...China. Let's see how they fare in that part of the world.

  2. Once a Marion Co. commuter tax is established, I'm moving my organization out of Indianapolis. Face it, with the advancement in technology, it's getting more cost effective to have people work out of their homes. The clock is running out on the need for much of the office space in Indianapolis. Establishing a commuter tax will only advance the hands of the clock and the residents of Indianapolis will be left to clean up the mess they created on their own, with much less resources.

  3. The 2013 YE financial indicates the City of Indianapolis has over $2 B in assets and net position of $362.7 M. All of these assets have been created and funded by taxpayers. In 2013 they took in $806 M in revenues. Again, all from tax payers. Think about this, Indianapolis takes in $800 M per year and they do not have enough money? The premise that government needs more money for services is false.

  4. As I understand it, the idea is to offer police to live in high risk areas in exchange for a housing benefit/subsidy of some kind. This fact means there is a choice for the officer(s) to take the offer and receive the benefit. In terms of mandating living in a community, it is entirely reasonable for employers to mandate public safety officials live in their community. Again, the public safety official has a choice, to live in the area or to take another job.

  5. The free market will seek its own level. If Employers cannot hire a retain good employees in Marion Co they will leave and set up shop in adjacent county. Marion Co already suffers from businesses leaving I would think this would encourage more of the same.

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