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CAMPBELL: Democrats risk forfeiting signature issueRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Steve Campbell / Special to IBJ
If Democrats are perceived to be an obstacle to education reform, they likely will be locked out of the room.
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HEIN: Indiana, Illinois going their separate waysRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Jay Hein / Special to IBJ
Indiana’s prescription is as old-fashioned as it is common sense: Don’t spend what you don’t have.
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RENN: Hoosiers shouldn't gloat over Illinois taxesRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Aaron M. Renn / Special to IBJ
Illinois may be content to tax itself into oblivion, but just because Indiana has taken care of fiscal business, it still has plenty more work to do.
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KETZENBERGER: State taxes will suffer until wages recoverRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
Wages in the state’s manufacturing sector are falling as two-tier wage structures and other pressures reduce workers’ income.
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HOLCOMB: Courageous Republican style will grow on Hoosier votersRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Eric Holcomb / Special to IBJ
To suggest voters were only intent on sending a message to the president, Nancy Pelosi, or Pat Bauer is missing a significant electoral mood shift that occurred.
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MALONE: Project will boost dormant area of downtownRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Barbara Malone / Special to IBJ
The real story is the work by council members and council consultants in renegotiating the financial risks from a worst-case-scenario framework.
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TENBARGE: Politicians wanting 'magis,' step forwardRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Barrett Tenbarge / Special to IBJ
The next governor must continue on the path toward more reform, and at the center of this reform should be my generation.
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BONIFIELD: Finding Mr. Watson amid education reformRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Jake Bonifield / Special to IBJ
If House and Senate Republicans truly believe they can identify which teachers should go and which deserve rewards, let them write legislation that does it.
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EARLY: Parties should go back to conventionsRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
You can buy name ID (it’s expensive), but no one has figured out how to buy elected delegates.
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HERBERT: Raising false alarms about Social SecurityRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Bob Herbert / New York Times Syndicate
The folks who want to raise the retirement age and hack away at benefits for ordinary working Americans are inevitably those who have not the least worry about their own retirement.
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GIBSON: A multi-part plan to address wide swathe of issuesRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Ron Gibson / Special to IBJ
My vision and passion for Indianapolis and all of its citizens will clearly separate me from my opponents.
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KENNEDY: Public safety, economic development demand attentionRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Melina Kennedy / Special to IBJ
Above all, I will continue to listen to the needs, hopes and ideas of residents across the city. That diversity of ideas, opinion and people will help define my campaign.
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KRULL: School choice not as simple as it seemsRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
John Krull / Special to IBJ
The fight over public education has become a way for entrenched interests—the business community and teachers’ unions—to lob shells at each other.
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HOWEY: Daniels still thinking outside the rutRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Brian A. Howey / Special to IBJ
With just two years left in his second term—and beginning only his third year with Republican legislative majorities—Gov. Mitch Daniels presides over a state that has been trapped in a jobless rate hovering around 10 percent for two years.
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MUTZ: Improve our existing utility regulationsRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
John Mutz / Special to IBJ
The actions by utility representatives, the regulatory commission chairman and one of his employees created the appearance of impropriety.
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LADWIG: Local property rights, Zimbabwe styleRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Craig Ladwig / Special to IBJ
Is it hyperbolic to relate anti-colonialism in the African Corn Belt to the machinations of the Capital Improvement Board, the Metropolitan Development Commission or the Indianapolis mayor’s office?
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TORR: Right-to-work freedom would stoke Indiana's economyRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Jerry Torr / Special to IBJ
There is one simple change we could make in state law that would put more Hoosiers back to work: Make Indiana the nation’s 23rd right-to-work state.
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GUYOTT: Legislation threatens established stability, prosperityRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Nancy Guyott / Special to IBJ
Passage of right-to-work legislation would mean unions could not negotiate contracts that say all workers must pay for union representation.
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WAGNER: A new generation of Indiana DemocratsRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
The creation of a political generation depends not just on working for a winning candidate, but on that elected official’s making it a priority to place top talent outside of his or her administration.
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MAHERN: Kill off townships to save public servicesRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
OK, here’s your choice: You can reduce the public library book budget by a million dollars or you can recoup a good portion of that savings by deciding we really don’t need 72 elected public officials to dispense poor relief in Marion County.
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REED: Democracy depends on the right basicsRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Suellen Reed / Special to IBJ
I believe we need to do some clear thinking around at least three issues: civil discourse; death, taxes and change; and stepping up to serve.
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FARGO: Building futures alongside memoriesRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
My hometown and the southern Indiana communities I encountered have much to offer, including hard-working people, clean air and beautiful scenery. To ensure they survive and grow, community and education leaders need to help prepare workers for opportunities in the new economy.
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RENN: Indianapolis must reinvent itself ... againRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Aaron M. Renn / Special to IBJ
Despite outperforming not just the Midwest, but America as a whole, long-term challenges facing Marion County put the region at risk.
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CAMPBELL: Most of all, mass transit needs a heroRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Steve Campbell / Special to IBJ
In the next 10 to 20 years, it will be impossible to tout our region as a world-class center of innovation and entrepreneurship without meaningfully addressing transit.
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BOEHM: Electing judges a charade in Marion CountyRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
If you voted for any Marion County judges in the last several years, you wasted your time. And the county wasted whatever it costs to put the judicial candidates on the ballot.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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