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KATTERJOHN: Leaders in education primed for successRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
There's reason to believe serious progress is coming, due to the people in leadership positions for the state in three key areas: the Department of Education, the Commission for Higher Education and Ivy Tech Community College.
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STATEHOUSE DISPATCH: Political posturing puts session on strange trajectoryRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
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Unprecedented economic forecast revision will frame special sessionRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
With the help of outside economists, Indiana government undergoes an economic forecast every other yearâ??a process that's taken on increased importance this spring, as Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Legislature attempt to craft a two-year budget amid the deepest recession since the early 1980s.
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MARCUS: Let's reassess reassessmentRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Morton Marcus
The process of assessment could be simplified and performed uniformly and inexpensively.
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General Assembly, governor bypass green reformsRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Indiana environmental advocates had lots of disappointments this year regarding government reform efforts.
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HICKS: Administration demonized 'investors' in Chrysler dealRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Mike Hicks
Almost one-third of Chrysler's investors are schoolteachers, college administrators, firefighters and police officers. These "vultures" of Wall Street finance have seen the value of their hard work severely hampered by the Chrysler bankrutcy plan.
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Arts Council faces grants-divvying dilemmaRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Arts Council of Indianapolis faces the unenviable task of divvying up less than $1 million in city grants for the arts, compared with $2.15 million that was awarded last year.
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Holiday a reminder of the value of public serviceRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Mike Hicks
Many lament the loss of what might be called timeless values. I place these into two categories; both are exemplified and sustained by military service.
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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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A cap on cap and trade?Restricted Content

May 25, 2009

On May 15, the Wall Street Journal published a letter from Gov. Mitch Daniels laying out his sharp opposition to the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act, which would set limits on carbon emissions to combat global warming.

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CIB drama goes from bad to worseRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
I am truly disgusted after reading the latest in the perennial saga of the CIB.
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Tourism should not be our focusRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
If a city really wants to attract people to its city (to live and visit), it has to become a better city, but to become a better city it has to know what it is and what it wants to be and what it can be.
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Manufacturers to help pay for TV, computer recyclingRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
The Indiana Recycling Coalition scored big in the just-concluded session of the Indiana General Assembly with the passage of House Bill 1589, which requires that electronics manufacturers help pay for recycling of their old televisions and computer monitors.
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General Assembly heeds public mayhem, not public policyRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Morton Marcus
Which group should make the spending decisions? Consumers or elected officials?
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CIB executive director out-earns governor, mayor combinedRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Cory Schouten
Barney Levengood, executive director of the financially-struggling Capital Improvement Board, is one of the state's highest-paid public employees, and some wonder if his pay should be cut.
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State tourism advertising poses tough questionRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Mike Hicks
If Indiana is to be marketed as a region, government will be the one to do it.
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Eight former employees who say firings were racially motivated agree to $2.75M settlement from LotteryRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The Hoosier Lottery has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit filed by eight black former employees who claim racial discrimination motivated their firing four years ago.
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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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Velodrome plans in limboRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
While the Marian College cycling team has been off this month hunting national championships in Colorado, a plan by school officials to manage the Major Taylor Velodrome has not yet won support from Indy Parks.
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Local trust working toward 2,010 acres by end of 2010Restricted Content

May 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Central Indiana Land Trust anticipates bringing nearly 800 acres valuable to conservation under its protection this year, thanks to a generous tax incentive for property owners.
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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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Indy not-for-profits anticipate new service programRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
An AmeriCorps leadership program influenced by Michelle Obama's work in Chicago is headed for Indianapolis. The program, called Public Allies, would allow not-for-profit organizations to hire local young people, ages 18 to 30, for full-time apprenticeships.
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Legislators, governor disagree about special sessionRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Assigning responsibility for what stuck us with a special session is a political post-session must, but playing the blame game usually isn't a productive exercise.
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  1. You are correct that Obamacare requires health insurance policies to include richer benefits and protects patients who get sick. That's what I was getting at when I wrote above, "That’s because Obamacare required insurers to take all customers, regardless of their health status, and also established a floor on how skimpy the benefits paid for by health plans could be." I think it's vital to know exactly how much the essential health benefits are costing over previous policies. Unless we know the cost of the law, we can't do a cost-benefit analysis. Taxes were raised in order to offset a 31% rise in health insurance premiums, an increase that paid for richer benefits. Are those richer benefits worth that much or not? That's the question we need to answer. This study at least gets us started on doing so.

  2. *5 employees per floor. Either way its ridiculous.

  3. Jim, thanks for always ready my stuff and providing thoughtful comments. I am sure that someone more familiar with research design and methods could take issue with Kowalski's study. I thought it was of considerable value, however, because so far we have been crediting Obamacare for all the gains in coverage and all price increases, neither of which is entirely fair. This is at least a rigorous attempt to sort things out. Maybe a quixotic attempt, but it's one of the first ones I've seen try to do it in a sophisticated way.

  4. In addition to rewriting history, the paper (or at least your summary of it) ignores that Obamacare policies now must provide "essential health benefits". Maybe Mr Wall has always been insured in a group plan but even group plans had holes you could drive a truck through, like the Colts defensive line last night. Individual plans were even worse. So, when you come up with a study that factors that in, let me know, otherwise the numbers are garbage.

  5. You guys are absolutely right: Cummins should build a massive 80-story high rise, and give each employee 5 floors. Or, I suppose they could always rent out the top floors if they wanted, since downtown office space is bursting at the seams (http://www.ibj.com/article?articleId=49481).

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