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MARCUS: Tax expenditures are back door to spending

August 7, 2010
Morton Marcus
People are divided on what they want, skeptical about the ability of government to provide services, and resentful about paying for those services they do not perceive as benefiting themselves.
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MARCUS: Economy as diverse as pierogi in Whiting

July 31, 2010
Morton Marcus
The simple fact is that we are having a recession on top of the continuing restructuring of the economy that has been going on since the 1980s.
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MARCUS: Is suburbia the root of all evil?

July 24, 2010
Morton Marcus
Once upon a time, school transportation eased the journey of farm kids going to school. Today, it’s a massive subsidy for suburban kids whose parents have chosen to live far from a school in a place without sidewalks.
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MARCUS: Indiana jobs situation is improving

July 17, 2010
Morton Marcus
The bleeding seems to have stopped where job loss is concerned, but it's not time to pat ourselves on the back.
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MARCUS: Kokomo works to advance economy

July 10, 2010
Morton Marcus
What do you do when you have little discretionary money and enormous challenges? You might follow the example being set by Mayor Greg Goodnight in Kokomo.
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MARCUS: Let's focus on keeping retirees in Indiana

July 3, 2010
Morton Marcus
It is counterproductive to have Hoosier children stay in Indiana as young adults. Let them come back when they have something to offer.
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MARCUS: Fed programs get credit for improvements

June 26, 2010
Morton Marcus
The federal government pumped $6.3 billion into the Indiana economy through higher unemployment compensation and increased Social Security and Medicare payments.
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MARCUS: There is no 'rural revival' in Indiana

June 19, 2010
Morton Marcus
The now famous housing bubble has been blamed for many of our nation’s problems. In truth, it is the opposite. The massive private debt, including mortgage debt, was made possible by lax lending practices.
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MARCUS: English skills lead to economic success

June 12, 2010
Morton Marcus
Unless you have extraordinary assets, your communication skills will go a long way to determining your social and economic standing.
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MARCUS: How much do workers want to earn?

June 5, 2010
Morton Marcus
Regular readers know I’m a numbers guy. Give me a set of data and I can be happily occupied for hours. A simple visit to Hoosiers by the Numbers on the Indiana Department of Workforce Development website is a data junkie’s joy.
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MARCUS: Health care bill opens doors to change

May 29, 2010
Morton Marcus
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a major step forward. It widens the door to health insurance for those with pre-existing conditions, for employees of small businesses and others currently not covered.
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MARCUS: Knowledge economy is not new

May 22, 2010
Morton Marcus
Few matters in life are clear and definitive. Sadly, we grow up learning that all can or should be reduced (or elevated) to mathematical modeling. We have no courses or TV channels specializing in ambiguity, no college major in uncertainty.
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MARCUS: The economy is better, but pain persists

May 15, 2010
Morton Marcus
Unemployment numbers come out monthly and the news media cover them as diligently as violations of selected commandments.
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MARCUS: Use creativity to lure crowds to cities

May 8, 2010
Morton Marcus
The experience of the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale proved again that American businesses can be successful if they offer products consumers want.
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MARCUS: 90 counties show income improvement

May 1, 2010
Morton Marcus
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis has released personal-income data for each county in the nation. The Indianapolis area did not fare well.
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MARCUS: Privatization not the only answer

April 24, 2010
Morton Marcus
Privatization is a popular political parlor game. Instead of providing thoughtful reasoning for consideration by an informed electorate, officials try to meet public needs through artfulness.
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MARCUS: How much is too much when it comes to compensation?

April 17, 2010
Morton Marcus
This month, as you watched the gallant Butler University basketball team uphold the honor of the Hoosier state, did you wonder about the compensation of college coaches and their future NBA stars?
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MARCUS: Not all business owners are entrepreneurs

April 10, 2010
Morton Marcus
A serial entrepreneur often thrives on getting a business going, making it a success, then selling it off by taking the firm public, or selling it to private investors or to another firm. The business owner, by contrast, often remains in the same place, doing the same thing year after year.
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MARCUS: Small gains do not deserve a celebration

April 3, 2010
Morton Marcus
Both the Indiana and U.S. income growth rates are extremely small and each rounds off to a measly 0.6 percent. To be somewhat healthier than your sickly neighbors does not mean that you are well.
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MARCUS: Set sights on education, not graduation

March 27, 2010
Morton Marcus
The dimmer wits in the Indiana General Assembly want to compensate colleges and universities according to their graduation rates. This is another example of shallow reasoning by our elected representatives reflecting erroneous thought that has permeated our society.
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MARCUS: Lower business taxes don't stimulate hiring

March 20, 2010
Morton Marcus
A job is the foundation of self-esteem, the linchpin for connecting to the community, the instrument by and through which the individual connects with the greater international marketplace and derives the income that provides security for the family.
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MARCUS: It's not too late for a high-speed stimulus

March 13, 2010
Morton Marcus
“Too little, too late” is the standard objection to the economic stimulus program now in effect. That criticism is based on opinion, not fact. It will take several years to know whether the stimulus (or stimuli, because there was more than a single stimulus) worked.
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MARCUS: Hoosiers hear gospel of gambling

March 6, 2010
Morton Marcus
Gamblers wagered nearly $30 billion in 13 Indiana casinos last year. Now, fellow taxpayers, if I understand these numbers, 91 percent of these dollars were returned as winnings and an additional $876 million (3 percent) went to our state and local governments for our benefit.
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MARCUS: The recovery has taken root

February 27, 2010
Morton Marcus
rom Madison to Merrillville and Elkhart to Evansville, the talk among businesspeople is positive. Customers are showing more interest, orders are picking up. The data may not be there to support the good cheer, but economic data are always delayed.
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MARCUS: Most Hoosiers don't want mass transit

February 20, 2010
Morton Marcus
Mass transit plans are doomed to be ignored because no local government, and certainly not the Indiana General Assembly, is interested in transportation.
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  1. Of what value is selling alcoholic beverages to State Fair patrons when there are many families with children attending. Is this the message we want to give children attending and participating in the Fair, another venue with alooholic consumption onsite. Is this to promote beer and wine production in the state which are great for the breweries and wineries, but where does this end up 10-15 years from now, lots more drinkers for the alcoholic contents. If these drinks are so important, why not remove the alcohol content and the flavor and drink itself similar to soft drinks would be the novelty, not the alcoholic content and its affects on the drinker. There is no social or material benefit from drinking alcoholic beverages, mostly people want to get slightly or highly drunk.

  2. I did;nt know anyone in Indiana could count- WHY did they NOT SAY just HOW this would be enforced? Because it WON;T! NOW- with that said- BIG BROTHER is ALIVE in this Article-why take any comment if it won't appease YOU PEOPLE- that's NOT American- with EVERYTHING you indicated is NOT said-I can see WHY it say's o Comments- YOU are COMMIES- BIG BROTHER and most likely- voted for Obama!

  3. In Europe there are schools for hairdressing but you don't get a license afterwards but you are required to assist in turkey and Italy its 7 years in japan it's 10 years England 2 so these people who assist know how to do hair their not just anybody and if your an owner and you hire someone with no experience then ur an idiot I've known stylist from different countries with no license but they are professional clean and safe they have no license but they have experience a license doesn't mean anything look at all the bad hairdressers in the world that have fried peoples hair okay but they have a license doesn't make them a professional at their job I think they should get rid of it because stateboard robs stylist and owners and they fine you for the dumbest f***ing things oh ur license isn't displayed 100$ oh ur wearing open toe shoes fine, oh there's ONE HAIR IN UR BRUSH that's a fine it's like really? So I think they need to go or ease up on their regulations because their too strict

  4. Exciting times in Carmel.

  5. Twenty years ago when we moved to Indy I was a stay at home mom and knew not very many people.WIBC was my family and friends for the most part. It was informative, civil, and humerous with Dave the KING. Terri, Jeff, Stever, Big Joe, Matt, Pat and Crumie. I loved them all, and they seemed to love each other. I didn't mind Greg Garrison, but I was not a Rush fan. NOW I can't stand Chicks and all their giggly opinions. Tony Katz is to abrasive that early in the morning(or really any time). I will tune in on Saturday morning for the usual fun and priceless information from Pat and Crumie, mornings it will be 90.1

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