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MARCUS: Consumer Price Index proposal costs little, saves a lotRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Morton Marcus
For all of our philosophical pondering combined with our statistical cleverness, we cannot figure out what is “living” nor determine its “cost.”
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MARCUS: New Hoosier motto could become 'Be less than you have been'Restricted Content

July 23, 2011
Morton Marcus
The U.S. Army says, “Be all that you can be.” Indiana is moving toward a different message.
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MARCUS: Multipliers are what you make themRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Morton Marcus
New money will not necessarily mean new jobs at the beauty parlor or the barbershop if there are already empty chairs.
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MARCUS: Should we be offended by Times story?Restricted Content

July 2, 2011
Morton Marcus
Last month, The New York Times ran a story under the headline “Indiana: The Exception? Yes, but …” The story gave a factual presentation of our state’s economic circumstances, but with an overriding sarcasm that left a bad taste in Hoosier mouths.
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MARCUS: A tale of Colts, Packers and LonghornsRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Morton Marcus
What we gain by having the Colts and Pacers is mainly a psychological benefit. We feel that we are big league because we have big-league teams carrying our name.
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MARCUS: Hold the celebration; reality is just aheadRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Morton Marcus
Frequently, Hoosiers ride as passengers in one of the front cars on the business roller coaster.
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MARCUS: Check out this regional cooperationRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Morton Marcus
About 48 hours after the exciting finish of this year’s Indy 500 race, Mayors Wayne Seybold, R-Marion, and Greg Goodnight, D-Kokomo, announced the formation of the Midwest Automotive Loop.
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MARCUS: Should we have commuting policies?Restricted Content

June 4, 2011
Morton Marcus
In 2009, 80 percent of Hoosiers worked in the county where they lived, with the other 20 percent going elsewhere to work. Hardly a change from data 10 years earlier.
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MARCUS: Numbers say Indiana's economy isn't healthyRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Morton Marcus
Usually, when an unemployed person gets a job, the number of people unemployed goes down and the number employed goes up. That’s a healthy economy.
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MARCUS: Lies told about people paying income tax

May 21, 2011
Morton Marcus
“Liars!” I want to shout. People who lie deliberately and those who lie innocently afflict our nation with falsehoods.
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MARCUS: High school principals as economic drivers

May 14, 2011
Morton Marcus
From time to time, I am asked: “What is the best investment for Indiana’s economic development”? The answer: our high-school-age young men and women.
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MARCUS: Manufacturing is economy's blessing, bane

May 7, 2011
Morton Marcus
Manufacturing alone accounted for 53 percent of the decline in what people earned at their private-sector jobs.
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MARCUS: Evansville is the least loser or best of the bad

April 30, 2011
Morton Marcus
Recent data from the bottom of the recession reveal all seven economic areas that include Indiana counties experienced declines in per-capita personal income.
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MARCUS: Uptight music for uncertain times

April 23, 2011
Morton Marcus
The blues resonate with the tough people living tough lives.
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MARCUS: What is it worth? TV has the answer

April 16, 2011
Morton Marcus
Discovering value emerged as a TV staple long before the recent economic tsunami.
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MARCUS: No statistics on death by pothole

April 9, 2011
Morton Marcus
Nothing stirs the imagination like a near-death experience.
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MARCUS: The recovery is over ... or maybe not

April 2, 2011
Morton Marcus
The recession in Indiana and the nation lasted only three quarters. But the Hoosier recovery took six quarters.
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MARCUS: Training and education aren't same thing

March 26, 2011
Morton Marcus
Ignorant and bigoted people are encouraged to run for public office when they witness this dumbing-down of society.
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MARCUS: Opposing ideas need not demand respect

March 19, 2011
Morton Marcus
Failure to cooperate with an unethical power is a commendable ethical stand.
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MARCUS: Fewer Hoosier children means less retail

March 12, 2011
Morton Marcus
Indiana added 369,400 adults, compared with just 33,900 children, a ratio of nearly 11 to 1. This imbalance was hardly uniform, but its consequences are important for all of us.
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MARCUS: The nightmare in my neighborhood

March 5, 2011
Morton Marcus
Clearly, any group of workers with incomes in excess of their proportion in the economy are villains.
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MARCUS: Debt and taxes are not the devil's doing

February 26, 2011
Morton Marcus
This national debt business is being overplayed. Critics characterize the debt as a giant burden, our most important national issue. Borrowing for the future, however, makes good sense when the debt contributes to economic growth.
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MARCUS: Rethink government consolidation now

February 18, 2011
Morton Marcus
Why isn’t our Legislature shredding the fabric of community government by disbanding cities and towns that are only artifacts of horse-drawn days?
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MARCUS: Hoosier employment deficit stands

February 12, 2011
Morton Marcus
Few people labor for the glory of being employed; most people work for money. When they do not work, they have less to spend and less joy enters the homes of merchants.
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MARCUS: Recession's recovery persistently denied

February 5, 2011
Morton Marcus
Indiana's recovery is only 75-percent complete, lagging the nation.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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