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WILLIAMS: Indiana must overcome wage gap

January 8, 2011
Brian Williams
Unfortunately, despite the governor’s pledge, the dollars spent by public-private entities and the recession, Indiana’s per-capita income has not risen.
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FEIGENBAUM: Here's what to expect from State of the State Address

January 8, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
State of the State Address can help outline priorities for a given session, and governors have used them to dramatically draw a line in the proverbial sand, directly delivering a message to the individual members and leaders of the legislative branch—and over their heads to the voters—as to what they expect, will tolerate, and hope for.
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HICKS: Economist job more exciting than most think

January 8, 2011
Mike Hicks
Recently, my wife has stopped calling me an economist. It is too hard to explain what I do, so she calls me a professor (which has far more cool points to Harry Potter or Gilligan’s Island fans).
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SKARBECK: Deficits turn up pressure on unions, politicians

January 8, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
One sure bet this year is that Americans can expect to see a number of high-profile battles across the country between municipal or state governments and public-employee unions.
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HETRICK: Why this public-school baby fears school reformRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Bruce Hetrick
I am a product of the public school system in Fort Wayne. Not charter schools. Not parochial schools. Not private schools. Not home schooling.
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BENNER: Plenty of reasons to love (and loathe) college footballRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Bill Benner
I love it because it I allow it to suck me in like a farm kind seeing the big-city lights for the first time. I loathe it because it is becoming too much like the NFL.
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RENN: Indianapolis must reinvent itself ... againRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Aaron M. Renn / Special to IBJ
Despite outperforming not just the Midwest, but America as a whole, long-term challenges facing Marion County put the region at risk.
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CAMPBELL: Most of all, mass transit needs a heroRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Steve Campbell / Special to IBJ
In the next 10 to 20 years, it will be impossible to tout our region as a world-class center of innovation and entrepreneurship without meaningfully addressing transit.
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BOEHM: Electing judges a charade in Marion CountyRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
If you voted for any Marion County judges in the last several years, you wasted your time. And the county wasted whatever it costs to put the judicial candidates on the ballot.
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CLARK: Bring on another governor with Daniels' characteristicsRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Murray Clark / Special to IBJ
The root of Mitch Daniels' success can be boiled down to an adherence to three simple concepts: lower taxes, a smaller government and more personal freedom.
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PARKER: Governors past provide critical lessons for 2012 electionRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Dan Parker / Special to IBJ
You can’t successfully govern Indiana with a divide-and-conquer approach. We’re nice people, and we don’t like to be yelled at.
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KETZENBERGER: Daniels will define legacy in key speechRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
Gov. Mitch Daniels’ upcoming State of the State speech will be the seventh time he has addressed a joint session of the General Assembly, and it’s likely the one that will define his mark on Indiana for years to come.
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HARRIS: Teacher contracts are written for adults, not studentsRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
David Harris / Special to IBJ
Too often, teacher contracts have put the interests of adults above the interests of students. Adults have all the power.
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MEREDITH: Students achieve more under collective bargainingRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Teresa Meredith / Special to IBJ
Recent reform measures—aimed at blaming teachers’ unions for all that ails public schools—claim that negotiated agreements are a large part of student achievement problems. Yet research shows that Indiana students fare better in school corporations where teachers have the right to collectively bargain.
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HEIN: Hoosier mayors drive U.S., China tiesRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Jay Hein / Special to IBJ
Wayne Seybold is well-known as an Olympic ice skater. He is also earning a reputation as an innovative two-term mayor of his hometown of Marion. But few Hoosiers are aware of his role as global trade warrior.
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WINSTON: Focus on kitchen and boardroom tablesRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Robin Winston / Special to IBJ
Many voters I talked with wanted to send a wakeup call to politicians of both parties that they should heed the words of Jim Carville to then-candidate Bill Clinton in 1992: “It’s the economy, stupid.”
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SHELLA: Indiana Democrats can blame ObamaRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
Democrats couldn’t get away from Barack Obama during the 2010 election cycle. The national mood fueled by frustration over high unemployment and the continued recession, along with opposition to health care reform, carried their opponents into office.
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EARLY: Either sing 'Kumbaya' or 'suck it up, cupcakes'Restricted Content

January 8, 2011
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
The real gift in the 2010 election is that the Republican landslide was nationwide and resulted in Republican majorities in legislatures all over the country. Why was this so important? It’s map-drawing time.
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VAUGHN: Ethics reform is riddled with loopholesRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
When the Indiana General Assembly reconvened earlier this month, legislators were greeted by a huge cadre of lobbyists all wanting the same thing: their attention and support for whatever issue the lobbyist is pushing.
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ROBERTS: 'Perfect storm' casts pall over Super BowlRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Gary R. Roberts / Special to IBJ
As a one-time NFL lawyer who has closely followed sports labor relations for 35 years, I am often asked about the chances of Indianapolis’ losing the 2012 Super Bowl.
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Leave fund alone

January 8, 2011
In reading the editorial, “Let’s consider tapping bank fund,” in the Jan. 3 issue, several corrections are appropriate.
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PDIF has served its purpose

January 8, 2011
The Public Deposit Insurance Fund, Indiana’s state-based backup to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., has served its purpose for more than 70 years, and efforts by some Indiana lawmakers to raid this fund are misguided (“Daniels, bankers may spar,” Dec. 27).
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EDITORIAL: Consider tapping bank fund to ease budget woes

January 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
As reported in a front-page story in last week’s IBJ, the $250 million public deposit insurance fund has not been tapped in nearly 20 years.
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MORRIS: New year should bring a new mind-set

January 1, 2011
Greg Morris
The holiday down time has also enabled me to pull myself out of the day-to-day controlled chaos and actually take time to strategize, analyze and plan.
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MARCUS: State moves forward, with long way to go

January 1, 2011
Morton Marcus
Congratulations to Gov. Mitch Daniels and his administration on their development and implementation of the Indiana Transparency Portal. It’s a grand start to detailed information about state and local government activities.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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