Kernan, Shepard break china

December 11, 2007
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Folks who think itâ??s time to bring local government from horse-and-buggy days into the modern era have to be smiling about the report that the Commission on Local Government Reform released this morning.

The report, written by former Gov. Joe Kernan and Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard, the commissionâ??s co-chairs, calls for making government more effective and efficient by sweeping away hundreds of elected officials and making one person at the county level responsible for spending decisions as well as appointing the sheriff and other county officials.

Previous tries at similar restructurings in earlier decades were rebuffed.

Are Kernan and Shepard on the right track? Will their ideas fly in a General Assembly that already is showing signs of push-back?

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  • This will not happen - Too many political patronage jobs would go away
  • It's about time; but will those in elected positions have an opportunity to shoot it down? And if this has been proposed in the past, why was it never implemented? If the government were a business, it would have closed it's doors a long time ago from overspending, inefficiency and poor management.
  • Its time to reduce the government bureaucracy and operating costs instead of allowing politicians to shifting around taxes until taxpayers get too weary or confused to understand that the net taxes are ultimately going to increase again to cover even more bureaucracy.
  • Simple Solutions:

    Increase Taxes

    Decrease Expenses

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