Editorials

EDITORIAL: State can't rely on gambling revenue

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
State and, to some extent, local government has come to rely on gambling revenue. And now that neighboring states are launching a competitive assault on Indiana casinos, it’s time to get back to the original intent before the revenue shrivels and leaves necessary government services high and dry.
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EDITORIAL: City water utility in over its head

October 17, 2009
As missteps by the city’s water utility threaten to drown local ratepayers with dramatically higher bills, Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration is exploring a complete overhaul of the system. The mayor’s initiative can’t produce results soon enough.
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EDITORIAL: Indiana Fever deserves support

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Running a professional sports franchise isn’t just a dollars-and-cents proposition. It also requires heart. And that’s what the Fever have in abundance, from ownership to management to the players on the floor.
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EDITORIAL: Another blow to a deadly habit?

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
An ordinance that would ban smoking in enclosed spaces where it’s still allowed—primarily bars and bowling alleys—is once again being considered by the City-County Council. And again we urge councilors to adopt the measure.
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EDITORIAL: Program gives people a financial leg up

October 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Nearly 80,000 people in the city are “unbanked” and therefore lack this basic building block to financial health. A new program called Bank on Indy aims to change that.
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EDITORIAL: Go with care on energy projects

September 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
One of the great conundrums of our time is how to maintain the most comfortable and convenient lifestyle in the history of the human race without destroying the environment.
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EDITORIAL: Melvin Simon's legacy goes beyond real estate

September 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Melvin Simon was a businessman and philanthropist of national prominence, but the vast real estate empire he helped build is not his legacy here.
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EDITORIAL: Myles Brand took on tough tasks

September 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
At the NCAA, Myles Brand took on the monumental task of striking an appropriate middle ground between academic integrity in college sports and the giant commercial operation that athletics has become.
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EDITORIAL: Indiana's Sunday booze ban should be tossed

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Sunday is the second-busiest grocery-shopping day of the week in Indiana, but there’s one product Hoosiers aren’t allowed to put in their shopping carts that day even though it’s perfectly legal the rest of the week. That’s because an archaic blue law prohibits carryout liquor sales on Sundays.
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EDITORIAL: City government in financial bind

September 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The solution to the property tax fiasco that swept Republican Mayor Greg Ballard into office in 2007 is making his job harder, and it could lead to his undoing.
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EDITORIAL: Teacher certification proposal deserves OKRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indiana’s top education official, Tony Bennett, ruffled feathers last month when he proposed increasing teacher expertise in math, science and other subjects, and stripping red tape from teacher certification and hiring of administrators.
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EDITORIAL: Next ISO conductor should live hereRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Venzago was essentially an absentee conductor. He didn’t live here and never seemed fully engaged with the city.
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EDITORIAL: Partisan games plague councilRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
The City-County Council wisely averted disaster for the Capital Improvement Board Aug. 10 by voting to raise the city’s hotel tax from 9 percent to 10 percent, but the razor-thin vote was another disappointing case of elected officials making decisions based on partisanship rather than good judgment.
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EDITORIAL: An economic silver liningRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
The local eateries are suffering along with everyone else, but those that have the wherewithal are taking a chance by expanding into bargain-priced locations.
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EDITORIAL: Restore Winona to city tax rolls

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
If Denver-based Ecolonomic Realty Group decides it wants to pursue a $25 million redevelopment of the old Winona Memorial Hospital site and presents a solid proposal, the city is in no position to turn down the tax revenue it would generate.
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EDITORIAL: Susan Bayh's tangled web puts cloud over senator husband

August 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Corporate boards need more women, but not people such as Susan Bayh, wife of Sen. Evan Bayh. It’s not that she isn’t up to the task. The former attorney at Eli Lilly and Co. and visiting professor at Butler University is by all accounts capable. So we’re not surprised she regularly receives invitations to serve on boards. But we are surprised she accepts.
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EDITORIAL: Wishard's smart planning shields taxpayersRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A referendum this fall on Wishard Health Services’ plans to build a $754 million hospital will tell a lot about the mood—and savvy—of Marion County voters. In this economy, and with government at all levels strapped for cash, the knee-jerk reaction might be to reject such a proposal.
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EDITORIAL: City's fiscal creativity deserves supportRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
 IBJ Staff
In trying times, people and businesses often have to get creative to make ends meet. The same should hold true for local government. That’s why we commend city leaders for thinking outside the box in considering two initiatives to cut costs and generate public revenue.
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EDITORIAL: School funding has fatal flawsRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A state budget was passed June 30, but it’s balanced on the backs of poor children. Legislators deserve praise for at least slightly increasing overall education funding, but because of a flawed funding formula, urban districts such as Indianapolis Public Schools actually will lose money in the next two years.
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EDITORIAL: Leadership void stymied special legislative sessionRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The legislative session that concluded June 30 with passage of a two-year budget left a bad taste in our mouths. For starters, legislators lacked the courage to tackle local government reform—even though cash-strapped units of government desperately need the millions of dollars in savings they would generate. In short, they put political cronyism ahead of the interests of the state.
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EDITORIAL: Health reform's time has comeRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Lawmakers must take action but also ensure that any plan incorporates four basic principles.
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EDITORIAL: Project near MSA may be worth the riskRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
The city has unveiled a dramatic plan for new housing and retail development to revitalize the old Market Square Arena site. Despite some shortcomings, the project deserves a chance to give the stagnant area a boost.
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EDITORIAL: Daniels budget should be OK'dRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Overtures Gov. Mitch Daniels has extended to the General Assembly should be sufficient to end squabbling over the budget. Legislators ought to take the offer, pass a budget, and leave the Statehouse before they throw any more sand in the gears.
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Transit can be economic engineRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
We applaud the efforts of those who are laying the groundwork for viable mass transit in the Indianapolis area.
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Pay for diplomas is smart incentiveRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Incentives have long been used as an effective tool in business to improve employee performance. But can a concept that helps companies motivate workers also work in public education?
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