CIB's deficit is a state problem, not a local oneRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Casting the CIB's deficit as an Indianapolis problem is simplistic and inaccurate because it overlooks the millions of dollars in state tax revenue generated by those venues and an endless list of vendors that do business with them.

Doctors should adapt to ratingsRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Rating doctors via online services helps consumers make better health care decisions.

Progress on the PrairieRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
It's good to see Conner Prairie thriving after the rocky years it endured earlier in the decade.

Gambling habit puts state at riskRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
The state's overreliance on gambling, what once seemed like easy money, is becoming a major concern to taxpayers.

Jobless-fund plan a good solutionRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Indiana lawmakers are stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place when it comes to fixing the state's bankrupt unemployment insurance fund.

Giving bad news the right wayRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Layoffs don't have to be brutal.

Pension merger raises questionsRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
We're generally supportive of a plan to merge the state's two largest public pensions in an effort to save money, but it's hard to know exactly what to think considering the lack of detailed information available about the performance of the funds.

Township offices have to goRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Leaders on both sides of the aisle have called for streamlining township government, and it's time to demand that our legislators make those changes.

CIB can't count on mall fundersRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
If the Capital Improvement Board comes, hat in hand, looking for help, we trust the investing companies will carefully weigh the benefits they've derived from the city and its thriving downtown before delivering an answer.

Residency restriction for liquor distributors should goRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
It's time for Indiana to get rid of a law that limits liquor distribution to in-state companies.

CIB failure isn't an optionRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Creativity and transparency are required to fix the Capital Improvement Board's financial woes.

Unigov 2.0 isn't just about savingsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Saving money may be the bottom-line reason for reforming local government, but that's only one of the benefits.

Private gifts give city a liftRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
State and local governments in Indiana aren't known for pouring tax money into so-called progressive causes. Private money often has to step in.

State's thriftiness will lift economyRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Democrats think they've seized on a flaw in the State of the State address Mitch Daniels delivered Jan. 14: The Republican governor, who spent much of his first term focusing on business issues, didn't unveil a jobs package to rekindle the state's economy.

State's tech sector looking ahead, but cutting backRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
It's two steps forward, one step back, for Indiana's technology sector, but in a tough economic climate, any advancement is worth celebrating.

Our 2009 wish list for IndianapolisRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Now that we've closed the book on a difficult year, let's recognize some of the bright spots of 2008 as well as some areas that need improvement. We propose these new year's resolutions for Indianapolis:

Government reform effort long overdueRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Critics were lined up to oppose Gov. Mitch Daniels' plan to streamline local government almost before he left the podium Dec. 19. Big surprise.

Sports vision ripe for renewalRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
If the city is serious about continuing to use amateur athletics as an economic tool, more collaboration among the university, city leaders and sports organizations is clearly needed.

Generic meds cost more than consumers realizeRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Generic drug makers drive up the cost of name-brand drugs developed by locally based Eli Lilly and Co. and other pharmaceutical firms.

Universities need to rein in tuitionRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Unfortunately, there's a major stumbling block to education beyond high school — too many people in the state simply can't afford it.

Transit isn't just an expense; it's an investmentRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
The Metropolitan Development Commission gave Indianapolis area transportation planners the green light Nov. 12 to do an expedited study that would show locations, cost and potential ridership for mass transit routes region-wide.

Time to snuff out public smokingRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The Indiana General Assembly should pass a bill into law that bans smoking in public places.

Speedway on track to develop tourism year-roundRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
As the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway approaches, the town of Speedway, at long last, is making an aggressive play to turn the world-famous oval into an economic engine that runs year-round.

Election of president, governor signals Hoosiers desire changesRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Indiana's blue vote for president-elect Barack Obama on Election Day was a sign that Hoosiers are ready for change. So was the state's red vote to keep incumbent Gov. Mitch Daniels in office. In this case, the status quo means more change. Daniels has been making gutsy and sometimes unpopular moves since taking office four years ago. He ran on a promise to keep shaking things up.

Assessor consolidation is a mustRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
We have a long-standing policy of not endorsing political candidates, but there's no such policy where ballot initiatives are concerned. So we urge our readers to vote "yes" on assessor consolidation.
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