Economic Analysis

HICKS: Fear, not economics, drives immigration debateRestricted Content

May 8, 2010
Mike Hicks
Mexico is in the throes of a violent lawlessness that is spilling over into the United States. Dealing with this is neither racist nor unconstitutional.
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HICKS: Unemployment situation brings up questionsRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Mike Hicks
Perhaps the biggest problem is in estimating who is in and not in the formal work force. Even in good times, a surprising number of workers labor in the shadow economy, invisible to government statisticians.
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HICKS: Good local governance will support schools

April 17, 2010
Mike Hicks
Reorganizing school districts is difficult, but we Hoosiers have done so before.
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HICKS: Educated athletes add value to the magicRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
Mike Hicks
The greater truth is that what we learn from athletics might be just as important as what we learn in the classroom.
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HICKS: President chooses wisely with recent donationRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
Mike Hicks
Why not treat charitable deductions the same way we treat most retirement savingsâ??extend the deadline until April 15?
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HICKS: Health care battle won, but what about war?Restricted Content

March 27, 2010
Mike Hicks
The potential flaws in this bill are so enormous that to opponents of the bill it looks like planned failure, designed to usher in a national health service.
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HICKS: Taxation not top factor in attracting businessRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Mike Hicks
Businesses care about taxes to be sure, but the availability of a pool of well-trained workers is at the forefront of most business-location decisions.
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HICKS: Recession slows with costly job creationRestricted Content

March 13, 2010
Mike Hicks
While economists share broad agreement on a surprisingly large number of issues, the most visible discord lies in how two groups view the causes of recession.
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HICKS: Courage will be necessary to curb inflationRestricted Content

March 6, 2010
Mike Hicks
Inflation causes lenders to raise interest rates. Businesses slow their borrowing, produce less and require fewer workers. Within a year or so, inflation becomes everyoneâ??s problem.
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HICKS: Cash-strapped cities paying for prior choicesRestricted Content

February 27, 2010
Mike Hicks
We are making budget cuts today that could well have been slowly phased-in for a generation. What are the implications?
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HICKS: Tenure is protectionism in a tweed jacketRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Mike Hicks
Academic tenure, with its promise of lifelong employment based upon five to seven years of work experience, is silly and makes those of us who have pursued a career in teaching and research look disingenuous.
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HICKS: A growing love connection to new mediaRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Mike Hicks
Changes in media, especially new media, will alter the life of my kindergartner. I am no futurist, but it seems to me that three big trends are clearly emerging.
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HICKS: Economic uncertainty is crushing job growthRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Mike Hicks
Businesses take risks. Risk tolerance is the hallmark of a successful businessman and entrepreneur. But those same businesses dread uncertainty.
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HICKS: So far, federal stimulus plan isn't stimulating

January 30, 2010
Mike Hicks
It has been roughly a year since the passage of the economic stimulus, formally the more harmonious American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This stimulus is a textbook example of what we economists call counter-cyclical fiscal policy.
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HICKS: When it comes to migration, people follow the moneyRestricted Content

January 23, 2010
Mike Hicks
Folks tend to migrate to warmer, sunnier and more tax-friendly places.
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HICKS: Urban-to-rural state tax flow makes senseRestricted Content

January 16, 2010
Mike Hicks
With only a few exceptions, tax dollars flow from urban counties to rural counties.
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HICKS: Bloomington's chain store debate a tough sellRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Mike Hicks
We have this little thing called an equal protection clause that prevents us singling out so clearly a chain store.
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HICKS: Reducing deficit imperative for national prosperity

December 26, 2009
Mike Hicks
The end of this decade is as good a time as any to reflect upon what has passed. We’ve had wars, two recessions, three presidents, five Congresses and 10 Bowl Championship Series teams. Our population has risen, employment has risen, and personal income has risen. The average American family is healthier, wealthier and, ideally, wiser. However, to listen to political rhetoric today, you’d think we’ve been living in the darkest of ages.
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HICKS: Recession may help close job-skills gapRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Mike Hicks
One of the most important effects of the recession â??lower employment â?? is likely to be stubbornly persistent.
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HICKS: Scandal may put chill on global-warming researchRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Mike Hicks
A long series of leaked or hacked e-mails strongly indicate that several prominent climate scientists have hidden data, conspired to hide unfavorable findings, and doctored scientific evidence.
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HICKS: New breast cancer recommendation not supportedRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Mike Hicks
Under the current proposal, the same type of groups that made the CDC's recommendations will outline guidelines about which treatment will be offered under a government program.
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HICKS: Nutritional poverty plagues land of plentyRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Mike Hicks
It is not sufficient merely to provide sustenance; we need to teach folks how and what to eat.
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HICKS: Content expertise best basis for teacher licensingRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Mike Hicks
At a time when we are desperate for science and math teachers, and when several big firms are laying off scientists, we should be jumping at the chance to get them into the classroom.
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HICKS: Families of veterans also serve their countryRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Mike Hicks
I have to note that Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. It is rightfully a time we thank those among us who have served.
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HICKS: Recession results in 'great deleveraging'Restricted Content

October 31, 2009
Mike Hicks
On virtually every meaningful measure, this recession stacks up as only the third or fourth worst post-World War II recession, but its effects are much more profound in a few areas. One area that will be most apparent is the changes the economy has wrought on consumer credit.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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