Government Reform

Lawmakers eye 2015 for U.S. constitutional convention

June 13, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
The assembly of delegates looking to change the U.S. Constitution have laid the groundwork for an amendment convention in the future.
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Zionsville, Perry Township move toward consolidation

April 22, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Zionsville could remain a town and gain an elected mayor if residents approve a government reorganization plan that’s speeding toward a November vote.
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IBJ rolls out politics website

November 6, 2013
Staff Report
The central Indiana business news authority has elevated the idea behind its popular Forefront section and created a website similarly focused on commentary about politics, policy and government.
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Indiana's long fight for less government has politicians protecting own

October 30, 2013
Bloomberg News
Economists and politicians on both sides of the aisle have argued for years that streamlining government in Indiana could save millions of dollars, but vested interests and fear of change have stymied real reform.
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House GOP seeks delay in health care provisions

July 17, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. House Republicans pressed ahead Wednesday on delaying key components of President Obama's signature health care law, emboldened by the administration's concession that requiring companies to provide coverage for their workers next year may be too complicated.
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Ex-gubernatorial candidates, biz leaders seek national debt fix

January 18, 2013
Associated Press
A group of Indiana political and business leaders are joining a national effort to pressure Washington, D.C., politicians to find a long-term debt fix.
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Future of Fishers campaign focuses on ballot questionsRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Public meetings offer residents opportunity to learn about potential change in northeast-side town's form of government.
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Indiana officials face deadline on anti-nepotism law

June 8, 2012
Associated Press
County, city, town and township governments across Indiana are racing to adopt new rules against nepotism ahead of a July 1 deadline.
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Southport faces steep budget cuts after years of procedural errorsRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
New Southport Mayor Jesse Testruth and Clerk-Treasurer Diana Bossingham are sorting out years of financial woes that plagued the previous administration, including two unsatisfactory state audits that were forwarded to the county prosecutor’s office for review.
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GOP brass opts not to battle townshipsRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Republican leaders in the General Assembly who have backed local government reform will trade ambitious proposals they’ve pursued in years past for more moderate—and widely accepted—ideas in the next legislative session.
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EDITORIAL: Township reform must not fail again

April 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
With property tax caps putting the squeeze on budgets, it’s foolhardy for townships to be sitting on millions that could be funding needed services.
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Shares of embattled ITT may not have hit bottomRestricted Content

April 16, 2011
Greg Andrews
Some analysts believe the thrashing ITT investors have taken since the federal government unveiled a tougher regulatory scheme for for-profit schools a year ago is only the start.
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Aggressive bills aimed at consolidating township governments failRestricted Content

April 16, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
With two weeks left in the legislative session, only two statewide local-government-reform bills remain. Both fail to accomplish reformers’ key aim: removing layers of township government they say have outlived their use.
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Committee explores ways to reduce government

January 25, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Charging not-for-profits for government services, eliminating certain paper records and trimming how much counties pay to mental-health institutions are among the ways local officials say the cost of government could be reduced.
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COX: Shrinking government can increase costs

January 22, 2011
Wendell Cox
Legislation will likely be introduced in the Indiana General Assembly to abolish township governments and consolidate their functions into counties. As in the past, the proponents claim this would save money for taxpayers. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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Obama considers shedding rules that hurt job growth

January 18, 2011
Associated Press
The president planned to sign an executive order Tuesday telling federal agencies to look for rules that place an unreasonable burden on businesses.
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Reports say Indiana townships inefficient

January 16, 2011
Associated Press
New investigations reported in Indiana newspapers say there are widespread patterns of inefficiency in the government of the state's 1,008 townships.
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EDITORIAL: Daniels on target on township reform

January 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Government reform is an important topic, especially at a time tax caps have forced many units of local government to cut back on essential services.
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FEIGENBAUM: Session to test lawmakers' views on small government

January 1, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Many new House and Senate members won election in part on platforms of reducing government regulation and minimizing government in the lives of Hoosiers.
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Business agenda might get friendly receptionRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
With Republicans firmly in control of the Indiana General Assembly, businesses have a better chance of achieving some of their legislative objectives than they have for years.
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Redistricting, education issues also on docket for General AssemblyRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
Legislature will consider redistricting along with controversial education issues.
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CAMPBELL: A primer for government reformersRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Steve Campbell / Special to IBJ
Proponents have to connect government reform to the real pocketbook issues that drive people.
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TENBARGE: Act now to build a better IndianaRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Barrett Tenbarge / Special to IBJ
Indiana cannot endure without serious reform, and this session must be approached with the urgency it deserves.
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Drugmakers seek Republican allies to defeat cost-cutting panel

November 15, 2010
Bloomberg News
Pharmaceutical firms led by Eli Lilly are trying to eliminate a government panel aimed at controlling Medicare spending seven months after they supported the health-care overhaul that created it.
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Bayh's exit may pinch federal funds going to IndianaRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Sen. Evan Bayh brought home the bacon—more than $1.4 billion in federal appropriations and grants in just the last 12 months.
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  1. I'm a CPA who works with a wide range of companies (through my firm K.B.Parrish & Co.); however, we work with quite a few car dealerships, so I'm fairly interested in Fatwin (mentioned in the article). Does anyone have much information on that, or a link to such information? Thanks.

  2. Historically high long-term unemployment, unprecedented labor market slack and the loss of human capital should not be accepted as "the economy at work [and] what is supposed to happen" and is certainly not raising wages in Indiana. See Chicago Fed Reserve: goo.gl/IJ4JhQ Also, here's our research on Work Sharing and our support testimony at yesterday's hearing: goo.gl/NhC9W4

  3. I am always curious why teachers don't believe in accountability. It's the only profession in the world that things they are better than everyone else. It's really a shame.

  4. It's not often in Indiana that people from both major political parties and from both labor and business groups come together to endorse a proposal. I really think this is going to help create a more flexible labor force, which is what businesses claim to need, while also reducing outright layoffs, and mitigating the impact of salary/wage reductions, both of which have been highlighted as important issues affecting Hoosier workers. Like many other public policies, I'm sure that this one will, over time, be tweaked and changed as needed to meet Indiana's needs. But when you have such broad agreement, why not give this a try?

  5. I could not agree more with Ben's statement. Every time I look at my unemployment insurance rate, "irritated" hardly describes my sentiment. We are talking about a surplus of funds, and possibly refunding that, why, so we can say we did it and get a notch in our political belt? This is real money, to real companies, large and small. The impact is felt across the board; in the spending of the company, the hiring (or lack thereof due to higher insurance costs), as well as in the personal spending of the owners of a smaller company.

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