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DANIELS: With jobs, it's mobility, not just 'equality,' that mattersRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Deborah Daniels
There is a lot of talk these days about income inequality—the growing gap between the incomes of the rich and poor. Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, acknowledged in a recent speech to our Economic Club that the ”recovery” is working only for the rich: The poor are seeing no benefit from it, and income inequality is growing.
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VANE: Unsung Ballard seeding city with string of talentRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Robert Vane / Special to IBJ
Perhaps the most intriguing question in what is shaping up to be a remarkable political year is the following: Will Greg Ballard seek a third term as mayor in 2015?
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SHEPARD: Side with local government oversight when possibleRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Randall Shepard / Special to IBJ
Recent debates in the General Assembly about inspecting apartments for safety and sanitation purposes has highlighted the need for more energetic collaboration between state government and the people who lead cities and towns.
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WAGNER: The long and winding road to recruit candidatesRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
A few weeks ago, I received an email from a conservative special-interest group. It opened with four paragraphs about a Statehouse issue along with a list of House members the group wanted its supporters to call and email. But that’s not what caught my eye.
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FROEHLE: Students aren't being told the full cost of collegeRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Kristin Froehle / Special to IBJ
Whether in the State of the Union address, recent commentaries about college tuition outpacing financial aid, or news about Purdue University’s possibly extending its tuition freeze, one thing is certain. The status quo is not acceptable when it comes to cost and access to a college education.
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SOUDER: Traditional conservatism is making a comebackRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Mark Souder / Special to IBJ
It would be easy to miss the significance of the seven Indiana House Republicans all supporting the 2013 budget deal.
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LANOSGA: Got a warrant for my cell phone information?Restricted Content

January 18, 2014
Gerry Lanosga / Special to IBJ
I’ve written a fair bit in these pages about the pitfalls of official secrecy—the often unjustified withholding of information by public agencies at all levels of government.
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GARRISON: Good ideas during the great storm, but bad policyRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Greg Garrison / Special to IBJ
Folks in the business of passing laws and enforcing them must, of necessity, impose somebody’s idea of what is good on the rest of us.
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MILLER: Local voters should be given shot at referendumRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Pat Miller / Special to IBJ
After reviewing the facts surrounding a proposed expansion of mass-transit services in central Indiana, gathering input from local officials, meeting with the public, and listening to concerns about establishing an expanded transit system, legislators are working to develop a plan that is both efficient and cost-effective.
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SPEEDY: Private sector could put resources to better useRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Mike Speedy / Special to IBJ
Each session, I work to find efficient and effective ways to streamline government functions. Bolstering our city’s infrastructure is vital for sustained economic growth.
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SHELLA: Stars might align for old deals to happenRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
Dwayne Sawyer just set a new world record for quickest rise and fall of an Indiana statewide elected official. His tenure as auditor fell just short of four months.
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PARR: What Indiana should address in 2014Restricted Content

January 18, 2014
Riley Parr / Special to IBJ
Compared with neighboring states, Indiana is doing well. For that, Hoosiers can be thankful.
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ODLE: State needs bold, imaginative leadershipRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Samuel L. Odle / Special to IBJ
I don’t think anyone can disagree we need a strategy for making the slogan “Indiana Works” a reality.
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BOHANON: Cautious concerning government initiativesRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Cecil Bohanon / Special to IBJ
Free-market economists are skeptical of government programs designed to promote economic development.
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MADISON: Statehouse religion isn't trending wellRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
James H. Madison / Special to IBJ
I’ve been listing to the Swan Silverstones. “Don’t blame it on the children,” this gospel group sings, which got me thinking about who’s to blame for the failure to regulate all our state’s child care facilities.
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KETZENBERGER: With religion, to welcome one is to welcome allRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
I read recently that a proposed statue of a goat-headed figure of Satan, known as Baphomet, is a bad idea on the grounds of Oklahoma’s Capitol.
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WESTERHAUS-RENFROW: Diversity still has bad rap in IndianaRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow / Special to IBJ
What “D” word is used most sparingly or avoided altogether by Hoosier political, business and civic leaders when sharing how to position Indiana for growth and success? a) debt, b) deflation, or c) diversity?
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BOEHM: Solid reasons to build justice center nowRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
Mayor Ballard proposes to create a judicial center that would bring the dispersed offices of the criminal courts, prosecutor, public defender and perhaps other agencies together with the county jail in one facility at a location to be determined, and free up the jail site for development.
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TAFT: Just whose downtown is it, anyway?

January 18, 2014
Bill Taft / Special to IBJ
Downtown Indianapolis was recently ranked No. 1 for livability among smaller cities by Livability.com—gratifying praise after $9.3 billion of reinvestment. Recent debates and plans, however, have raised a fundamental question: Whose downtown is this?
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HARRIS: Allow the governor to lead completely on education

November 30, 2013
David Harris / Special to IBJ
For decades, the nation’s governors have been the driving force for changing—and improving—education policy.
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MEREDITH: Voters spoke clearly; now give democracy a chance

November 30, 2013
Teresa Meredith / Special to IBJ
Despite being an underdog in her first run for public office, Glenda Ritz defeated incumbent Tony Bennett to become Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction in November.
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FROEHLE: Ritz's, Pence's bickering hurts education

November 30, 2013
Kristin Froehle / Special to IBJ
emocratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and Gov. Mike Pence are spending more time arguing than doing anything worthwhile for Indiana’s education system.
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DANIELS: Fight over marriage amendment is foolish

November 30, 2013
Deborah Daniels
Indiana has a habit of being a bit behind the curve. In recent years, we have departed from that tradition, moving boldly in education reform, telecommunications reform and economic development. We have been named the fifth-best state to do business, third best in job attraction, and best in the country for international investment.
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MACALLISTER: Gay marriage detractors need space, time

November 30, 2013
P.E. MacAllister / Special to IBJ
We rejoice in technological change when it improves the efficacy of our computers, but greet societal changes with less exuberance.
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MAHERN: A marriage game plan for Republicans

November 30, 2013
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
Although they don’t all have a natural sense of rhythm, and a few of them are always laughing and carrying on, some of my best friends are Republicans.
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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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