Government Reform

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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Government reform, unemployment taxes chug through LegislatureRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin

Key measures cleared their chambers of origin by the Feb. 3 deadline.

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Senate OKs bill to eliminate township boards

January 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Republican-controlled Senate voted 29-19 Thursday for a bill that would eliminate township boards and transfer their duties to the county level starting in 2013. It now moves to the Democrat-led House for consideration.
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FEIGENBAUM: Expect uncertainty in the 2010 General Assembly

December 19, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
About the only certainty for the upcoming legislative session is that it will be over in March.
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Consider progressive taxesRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Morton Marcus
Put some progressivity into Indiana tax rates when passing the Indiana state budget.
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Fiscal crisis calls for drastic measureRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Ind. Gov. Mitch Daniels will call the Legislature into special session to pass an acceptable budget, but some legislators think a budget that would satisfy the governor cannot be crafted by the contentious partisans in this developing fiasco.
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Prepare for Indiana's low-carbon economyRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Jesse Kharbanda
No doubt the transition to a low-carbon economy will bring great challenges for Hoosier businesses, given how carbon-intensive our society is. However, if we take proactive steps, Indiana can emerge as a standout success story.
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Visible progress in the city hides other troublesRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Indianapolis still looks like a city with momentum, despite the dismal economy. But appearances can be deceiving.
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Stop funding CIBRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Well-intentioned or not, competent or not, the so-called "leaders" [sports columnist Bill Benner] referenced in your [May 4] column failed miserably in representing the best interests of taxpayers and instead presided over an unconscionable transfer of wealth from "We the people" to a small number of professional sports owners and players.
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Read my lips: Reform local governmentRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
John L. Krauss
With the economy struggling, tax receipts falling and federal deficits soaring, there's more pressure than ever for government cost-cutting. Yet most Indiana local government-reform efforts have died an ignoble death in two consecutive legislative sessions. Why?
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Obama's reforms could bite LillyRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
When it comes to health care reform, Eli Lilly and Co. has its derriere exposed more than its drugmaker peers.
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President Daniels? Never say neverRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels would make a remarkable president. Governor/ presidentâ??it's the same game, just a different scale.
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Hopeful news about the nukes aimed at your headRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Because President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev have now dared to raise that tired and trivial matter of nuclear disarmament, you must focus on mundane matters of mass destruction.
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Focused, clear direction is needed to end recessionRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
The solution to ending the current recession is not more trillion-dollar debt on future social health care, education and energy ideas, nor any increase in taxes.
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CIB solution may be wrapped into state budgetRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The Legislature has been behaving as expected lately: little public sound and fury, but action beginning to stir behind the scenes.
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Education, health still key issuesRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
The people of Indiana need to work to improve education, the overall health of our work force, and productivity and innovation.
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Indiana firms lash out against patent proposalRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Michael W.
Four Indiana businesses have joined more than 100 major companies in an open letter to President Barack Obama, outlining what they believe are weaknesses of patent reform legislation now before Congress and voicing concern about its potential economic impact.
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State offices could use some fixing, tooRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Brian Williams
Although the Kernan-Shepard report focused on local government efficiencies, it is also clear that the management of Indiana's public resources and assets at the regional and state level has not kept pace with the technological and socioeconomic advances of the last century.
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These are leaders?Restricted Content

March 9, 2009
Whether it's structuring local government to fit the 21st century, financing sports stadiums, achieving property tax reform or putting the state's unemployment fund on sound footing, our leaders consistently show their failure to lead.
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Township offices have to goRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Leaders on both sides of the aisle have called for streamlining township government, and it's time to demand that our legislators make those changes.
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War did not end the Great DepressionRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Morton Marcus
It was not World War II that moved America out of the Great Depression.
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Here's the solution to economic crisisRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Replacing all sales taxes with an import tax/tariff is among several reforms that would solve the nation's economic crises.
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Unigov 2.0 isn't just about savingsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Saving money may be the bottom-line reason for reforming local government, but that's only one of the benefits.
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Column was disrespectful of Americans who support marijuana's legalizationRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Marijuana legalization deserves a thoughtful debate, not ridicule from Morton Marcus.
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Government reform effort long overdueRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Critics were lined up to oppose Gov. Mitch Daniels' plan to streamline local government almost before he left the podium Dec. 19. Big surprise.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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