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Communities making tough choices will be better offRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Mike Hicks
During the coming weeks, a number of Indiana cities and counties will be coming to terms with their new budget realities.
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$40M prison work program helps inmates, businessesRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Whitney Lee

If you've ever cooked a hamburger over a grill at Shakamak State Park, sat in a hospital waiting room chair, or sipped from a water fountain, you may have used products made by Indiana convicts. Although offender work programs have been around since the 1920s, most Hoosiers know little about the Indiana Department of Correction's prison-based industries, which generate $40 million a year in revenue.

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Billions lost in state pension-fund falloutRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana's public pensions lost $5 billion in the 12 months ending Sept. 30.
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Time to snuff out public smokingRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The Indiana General Assembly should pass a bill into law that bans smoking in public places.
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Let's limit campaigns to public fundsRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The only way more ideas, more candidates, more party platforms can gain any traction, any consideration by the public at large, would be for all political parties to receive, and run only on public funds.
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Kenley to lead GOP budget negotiationsRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
In the wake of the 2008 election, State Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, has been promoted. to chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, which oversees the state budget.
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Indiana's new superintendent of public instruction ready to tackle challengesRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Scott Olson
Tony Bennett, Indiana's new superintendent of public instruction, says his priorities include restoring discipline to the classroom, recruiting topnotch teachers and adequately compensating them, increasing the percentage of education dollars spent directly on instruction, and reducing regulations so schools can focus more on student instruction.
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Budget cuts threaten local economic data analysisRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Morton Marcus
Budget cuts could eliminate programs that gather and analyze local and state economic data. This would hurt businesses and economic development officials, since they would not have the data that helps them see how their market differs from the state and the nation.
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Could Mitch Daniels run for prez in 2012?Restricted Content

November 17, 2008
Could Gov. Mitch Daniels run for president in 2012?
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Fed's TARP changes adding to anxietiesRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Ken Skarbeck
Experts with the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the government's financial bailout program, are struggling to figure out how best to relieve America's financial mess.
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Changes in public policy don't get at root of povertyRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Mike Hicks
The fixes for poverty, and low-wage workers, are hard, deliberate and done family by family. This is why the cost of the welfare program reforms implemented in 1996 didn't plummet with lower enrollment.
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Cultural Development Commission may lose millions used to promote Indianapolis artRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Kathleen McLaughlin
A commission that has drawn $12.5 million in grants and public money to promote Indianapolis' artistic side is awaiting word on its future.
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Ice Miller's Lacy says Obama's election will help businesses be more unifiedRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Ice Miller LLP partner Lacy Johnson, who helped organize Ill. Democratic Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign here, said the election represents an opportunity for businesses to move beyond labels.
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Change begins with everyone, not just ObamaRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
Sen. Barack Obama's election and call for change and hope, as well as Ind. Gov. Mitch Daniels' re-election after dramatic changes, shows that Americans can become successful again.
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Indiana supports first Democratic president in 44 yearsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
For the first time in more than 40 years, Indiana helped elect a Democratic president.
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Assessor consolidation is a mustRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
We have a long-standing policy of not endorsing political candidates, but there's no such policy where ballot initiatives are concerned. So we urge our readers to vote "yes" on assessor consolidation.
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Could Lugar be tapped for Obama's cabinet?Restricted Content

November 3, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Democratic Sen. Barack Obama has repeatedly described Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana as a mentor on foreign policy issues and may offer him a place in his administration.
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Bailout helping PNC take over NatCityRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Cory Schouten
After a 17-year run in Indianapolis, National City's trademark green signs are set to be replaced with the blue of Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial. The $5.6 billion deal raises questions about the government's growing involvement in banking.
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Residents to decide fate of township assessorsRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
In this election, citizens must decide whether the assessing duties of the elected township assessor in the township should be transferred to the county assessor.
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Where was Horning in candidate story?Restricted Content

November 3, 2008
Libertarian candidate Andy Horning should have been covered in more detail in IBJ article about the governor's race.
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Vote only if you've studied the issues carefullyRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Mike Hicks
If you haven't learned about the crucial issues that our country and state face, don't vote.
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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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