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LEARNER: Vehicle-miles tax would roll HoosiersRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Howard Learner / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis is striving to become an electric-vehicles center. Gas tax revenue is declining, though, as people drive less and as more fuel-efficient new cars require filling up less at the pump. That saves people money, reduces pollution and lessens America’s imports of foreign oil.
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MURTLOW: Business rallied for kids at StatehouseRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Ann Murtlow
Education. Work-force development. Quality child care. The war on poverty. Crime. Economics. These are all familiar words and phrases used readily by policymakers, business leaders and child advocates. But rarely have the concepts been more tightly intertwined into good state policy than they were during this session of the General Assembly.
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GUY: Don’t run education like a businessRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
John Guy / Special to IBJ
Disagreements about education reform result from conflicting models: the business model and the social model. Governors such as Daniels and Pence, reflecting their backgrounds and support structures, tend toward the business model. Superintendent Ritz, with almost 35 years as a teacher/communications coordinator in elementary schools, is more aligned with the social model.
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LEONARD: Rooting for a Pence-Sebelius agreementRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
Douglas Leonard / Special to IBJ
A medical epidemic is one of the worst scenarios a hospital can face—when a significant portion of the population is suddenly struck with a life-threatening illness.
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KOEHLER: Put mass transit to real-world testRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
Kurt Koehler / Special to IBJ
An entrepreneur, risking personal wealth, would approach the problem from a different angle.
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RYERSON: Justice center belongs downtownRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Dennis Ryerson / Special to IBJ
I wasn’t prepared for what greeted me when I walked into Denver’s Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse a couple of weeks ago for jury duty.
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ZOELLER: The rule of law is underappreciatedRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Greg Zoeller / Special to IBJ
The Pirate Code made famous in the series of “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies established rules to avoid the heightened opportunity for chaos among 18th century pirates. In some respects, all laws are established by societies to bring certainty in an uncertain world.
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MADDOX: Wolves are still at Gramma's doorRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Mark Maddox
In the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Jordan Belfort, disgraced broker and owner of the now-defunct brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont, is portrayed by Oscar-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio as over-the-top good looking, witty and motivational. Belfort, if we are to believe what we see in the film, is a phenomenal salesman—a self-made man committed to making lots of money for himself and his friends.
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SULLIVAN: Rural areas stick it to Indy againRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
Richard Sullivan / Special to IBJ
Many years ago, a legislator told me it was “country bankers” who killed Indiana banking. They and their lawmakers carried the day in the 1970s and 1980s with regulations against buying banks across county lines. The big Indianapolis banks were thus held in check.
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LATZ, VANAGS, DAVIS: Trade is crucial to Indianapolis' futureRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Kathy Davis / Special to IBJ, Gil Latz / Special to IBJ, Marty Vanags / Special to IBJ
Over the past two decades, Indianapolis has become a vibrant metropolitan area, powering growth throughout Indiana. The next phase for the Indy region requires not just statewide progress, but global integration.
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GIGERICH: The amendment would hurt the economy

January 18, 2014
Larry Gigerich
There have been many heartfelt and thoughtful positions both in support of and in opposition to same-sex marriage. I have friends who are equally passionate and respectful on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate.
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SMITH: Business thrives in pro-family IndianaRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
Curt Smith / Special to IBJ
Among the more mystifying arguments against a constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman is the claim that having such a conversation creates an intolerant tone that hurts Indiana’s business climate. It’s mystifying because as we have respectfully debated this issue, Indiana’s economy improved remarkably.
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MERRITT: Reconsider nuclear energy

January 4, 2014
Jim Merritt / Special to IBJ
Renewable or reliable? That is the unavoidable choice when debating energy policy. For Indiana, you can have one, but not the other.
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YORK: Indy doesn’t shrink from ‘ambitious’Restricted Content

December 28, 2013
We have seen what this city can do when it pulls together, focuses on a big goal, and works hard to make it happen.
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PERRAS: A lump of coal from the state’s high courtRestricted Content

December 21, 2013
Jodi Perras / Special to IBJ
If you’re a natural-gas customer in Indiana, the Indiana Supreme Court last week delivered a costly blow to your pocketbook.
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HENDERSON: Love can trump constitutional misstepsRestricted Content

December 14, 2013
Tom Henderson
The fatwa on gay marriage must end. The state Constitution is no toy for the disengaged to manipulate real love. I’m hoping the Legislature does the right thing: reverse the hatred and disinformation that makes us appear like Iran on an evil day.
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Words can skew policyRestricted Content

December 7, 2013

When I wrote for IBJ last year, the word causing me the most difficulty was “progressives,” which I used in order to ask, “Where are all the progressives?” meaning persons willing to advocate street repair and other basic investments to improve our lives.

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MCCORMICK: Indiana should refocus on Europe

November 30, 2013
John McCormick / Special to IBJ
Most Hoosiers probably didn’t know too much about the European Union until the crisis that broke in the euro zone in 2009. The worries sparked by that crisis were a double-edged sword: They made more of us aware of the EU, but the news we heard was mainly bad.
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BOSSO: Want to run for office? Think twice

November 23, 2013
Luke Bosso / Special to IBJ
When I was growing up, like most kids, I worked a summer job. During that time, I used to think if everyone had to work in the restaurant industry, the world would be a better place. I was wrong.
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HEALY: Envision Broad Ripple promotes changeRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Apparently, it’s no longer possible to undertake a project in Broad Ripple Village without its being labeled “controversial.”
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STEURY: Clobber two birds with a single stoneRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Rachel Bennett Steury / Special to IBJ
Last month’s government shutdown wasted a lot of time. Now that it’s over, it’s time for our elected officials to get down to the business of the people, and the people want manufacturing jobs.
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LIBMAN: Great Recession isn’t over for the artsRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Steven Libman / Special to IBJ
As we all know, the Great Recession that began in 2008 was the worst economic disaster to hit America and the global economy since the Great Depression. While the Great Recession is technically over as measured by economists, millions of Americans are still out of work or have stopped searching for work, and some sectors of the economy have not recovered.
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MADDOX: Five years later, little progress madeRestricted Content

October 26, 2013
Mark Maddox
For many, the bankruptcy filing of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 was the formal commencement of the Great Recession. Within days, we learned that American International Group and Merrill Lynch would be next in line.
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KANNING: Myopic priorities stifle growthRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
Myron Kanning
I recently overheard two business leaders saying the slow pace of economic recovery would impede their quarterly results. I concur with their assessment, but focusing on the rate of economic recovery is similar to looking at an iceberg; only 10 percent is visible. The other 90 percent is hidden below the surface.
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HENDERSON: Why businesses should make MakersRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
Tom Henderson
Over beers and dinners, I hear complaints that innovation is dead in the United States, and that most of the “real” innovation comes from southeast Asia, and the university skunk works of Western and Northern Europe.
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