Government Blog Posts

Cultural Trail pork?

February 18, 2010
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The finished trail will be great. But the federal government is on a trajectory toward fiscal oblivion.
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Puzzling over why Evan Bayh waited until the last minute to retire

February 15, 2010
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Bayh might have been sly as a fox by waiting to the last minute to announce he's leaving the Senate.
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Gun bills on fast track

February 11, 2010
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Want to leave a gun in your car at work? Your employer's policy may become irrelevant.
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Education by statistics

February 10, 2010
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Inconceivable as it might sound, will the increasing focus on academic performance in public schools give private schools a run for their money? It wouldn't be the first time statistics upset an apple cart.
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Minimum wage downside

February 9, 2010
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The minimum wage appears to be locking some teens out of jobs.
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Mayor Ballard, snow fighter?

February 4, 2010
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Rating Ballard on his promises to master basics including snow removal and fixing potholes.
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Indiana's shape is relative

January 21, 2010
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Indiana is good financial condition. Sort of.
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Comparing Coakley, Bayh

January 20, 2010
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Evan Bayh is no Martha Coakley. But on the outside chance Bayh could be beat in this year's senate race, an opponent might do best to paint him as an elitist.
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Indianapolis resentment

January 18, 2010
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Jealousy toward Indianapolis in the Statehouse shows no sign of letting up, one legislator says.
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Immigration redux at the Statehouse

January 11, 2010
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Are Republicans shooting themselves in the foot with another bill targeting illegals?
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Outsiders as school superintendents

January 8, 2010
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A change in rules for school administrators opens the door to people outside the traditional education establishment.
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Again, on government reform

January 5, 2010
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Assessing the odds for government reform in the General Assembly.
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Census surprises

January 4, 2010
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An Indiana University demographer outlines predictions on Latinos, homeownership and populations of unincorporated areas.
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Future of the estate tax

December 31, 2009
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Debating how Congress should respond to the limbo it imposed.
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Bailing out big spenders

December 17, 2009
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Obama is going wobbling on forcing fiscal responsibility on states, and Hoosiers might get stuck with the bill.
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'Taxing' not-for-profit property

December 14, 2009
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Some Indiana mayors, desperate for revenue, think it's time for "payments-in-lieu-of-taxes."
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Lights out (crime up?) in Muncie

December 11, 2009
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Muncie plans to turn out most of its street lights to keep from going broke. But what about the social consequences?
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Assessing Ballard's new rules

December 9, 2009
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Do the mayor's lobbying restrictions go far enough?
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Keeping wage figures secret

December 8, 2009
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IBJ isn't the only news organization wondering whether the Indiana Economic Development Corp. is getting good bang for the buck.
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Carp, shipping and a lawsuit

December 3, 2009
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A lawsuit aimed at stopping invasive carp from reaching Lake Michigan could bring some forms of shipping to a grinding halt.
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Messer: Palin could 'win' Indiana

November 20, 2009
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Former state representative and lobbyist Luke Messer thinks Sarah Palin could carry Indiana in a presidential primary.
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Daniels and entrepreneurship

November 16, 2009
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Does Gov. Mitch Daniels' economic development strategy emphasize job attraction at the expense of entrepreneurship?
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Steak n Shake and the new NEA chief

November 5, 2009
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Should Biglari take Landesman's remarks as praise where he can get it, or consider them an insult?
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Expert: Wishard referendum will pass

November 2, 2009
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IUPUI political scientist Bill Blomquist predicts the Wishard hospital referendum will pass by a "comfortable" margin.

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Has Bayh's moment arrived?

October 28, 2009
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Fiscal responsibility could be the mettle Sen. Evan Bayh needs to land in a higher office.

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  1. Can your dog sign a marriage license or personally state that he wishes to join you in a legal union? If not then no, you cannot marry him. When you teach him to read, write, and speak a discernible language, then maybe you'll have a reasonable argument. Thanks for playing!

  2. Look no further than Mike Rowe, the former host of dirty jobs, who was also a classically trained singer.

  3. Current law states income taxes are paid to the county of residence not county of income source. The most likely scenario would be some alteration of the income tax distribution formula so money earned in Marion co. would go to Marion Co by residents of other counties would partially be distributed to Marion co. as opposed to now where the entirety is held by the resident's county.

  4. This is more same-old, same-old from a new generation of non-progressive 'progressives and fear mongers. One only needs to look at the economic havoc being experienced in California to understand the effect of drought on economies and people's lives. The same mindset in California turned a blind eye to the growth of population and water needs in California, defeating proposal after proposal to build reservoirs, improve water storage and delivery infrastructure...and the price now being paid for putting the demands of a raucous minority ahead of the needs of many. Some people never, never learn..

  5. I wonder if I can marry him too? Considering we are both males, wouldn't that be a same sex marriage as well? If they don't honor it, I'll scream discrimination just like all these people have....

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