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MEREDITH: Bashing dedicated teachers is no way to reform educationRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
Teresa Meredith / Special to IBJ
Teachers simply cannot be made the scapegoats in the education reform debate. This merely distracts from the real issues at hand.
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RIVERA: Martindale-Brightwood revamp can set strong exampleRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
Angel Rivera
A walk through the streets there showed a pattern of crumbling infrastructure, missing chunks of sidewalks, and boarded-up homes. When I asked a city official for the number of abandoned houses in this neighborhood, he answered, “between 300 and 450."
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SANDERS: Create a sense of community across broader IndianapolisRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
Joanne Sanders / Special to IBJ
The dictionary defines “neighborhood” as “a district where people live.” That certainly defines Indianapolis …
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BALLARD: Atlanta impresses with redeveloped steel mill locationRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Greg Ballard / Special to IBJ
Atlanta turned the contaminated site of a former steel mill into an urban jewel called Atlantic Station.
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CARSON: Houston's mass transit system is helping solve problemsRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Samuel Carson / Special to IBJ
Houston's comprehensive mass transit plan, which incorporates neighborhood economic development and community control of infrastructure, got its start 20 years ago amid cries that it couldn't happen.
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GIBSON: A bus system like Charlotte's would offer many benefitsRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Ron Gibson / Special to IBJ
Charlotte, N.C., operates approximately 325 buses with 74 routes on a budget of $110 million while IndyGo has an annual budget of $55 million with only 150 buses and 29 routes.
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KENNEDY: Seattle is benefiting from comprehensive youth programRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Melina Kennedy / Special to IBJMore

RUSTHOVEN: Urbana is actually about school choiceRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
The Indiana State Teachers Association opposes vouchers with every fiber of its being. So does the Democratic legislative caucus, supported by ISTA (and ISTA dues money).
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MAHERN: What's the problem with school vouchers, really?Restricted Content

March 26, 2011
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
Why not take the tax money we would have spent sending children to a failing system and give their parents the opportunity to send them to the private school of their choice? After all, that’s what we do when it comes to higher ed.
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MUTZ: Gale of opportunity blowing toward IPSRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
John Mutz / Special to IBJ
The New Orleans school system, which endured almost total devastation due to Hurricane Katrina, may give us a model to follow. When given an opportunity for a fresh start, the city developed a combination of public and charter schools.
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KENNEDY: About those intended and unintended consequences ...Restricted Content

March 26, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Even if one believes that same-sex marriages are a “problem,” enacting House Joint Resolution 6 will change nothing.
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SMITH: Ban counterfeits to preserve critically important institutionRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Curt Smith / Special to IBJ
Across all time and all cultures, wise leaders and wise societies have recognized that marriage is good, and wise societies have protected and nurtured it.
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FARGO: Sure the schools are failing? Check it outRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
Unfortunately, journalists still sometimes fall into the trap of accepting what “everybody knows” without doing enough questioning.
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KRULL: Beware the apparent mandate of a landslideRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
John Krull / Special to IBJ
We tend to think that elections in which one party or the other racks up an overwhelming majority should calm the body politic.
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WAGNER: Beltway opportunity borne of Indiana rootsRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
I’d never have been halfway around the world climbing all over nuclear research reactors if I hadn’t taken a few risks in Indiana.
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MYERS: Don't overreach on collective bargainingRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Woodrow Myers / Special to IBJ
My company is a member of our local chamber of commerce, and I’m about as pro-business as anyone can be. But that does not require me to be anti-union.
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LADWIG: Republican 'change' disappoints in IndianaRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Craig Ladwig / Special to IBJ
Establishment Republicans are in danger of becoming as addicted to government aid as countless other individuals and interest groups.
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BONIFIELD: Young voters could decide the next electionRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Jake Bonifield / Special to IBJ
If they expect to win back the House and the governor’s mansion, Democrats need to invest in an infrastructure that will begin to engage young Hoosiers.
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HOWEY: The beaten path between Indiana and JapanRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Brian A. Howey / Special to IBJ
What has become clear to me ... is how important our Japanese friends and partners are to the 21st century Indiana experience.
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FRIEDMAN: Fiscal, environmental mess cries for leadersRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times Syndicate
The world is caught in a dangerous feedback loop—higher oil prices and climate disruptions lead to higher food prices, higher food prices lead to more instability, more instability leads to higher oil prices.
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HOLCOMB: Americans should make Indiana's Story their own storyRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Eric Holcomb / Special to IBJ
There is no more compelling story or record to inspect than My Man Mitch’s should the country hope to make a presidential change.
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PARKER: Primaries, spotty record undermine Daniels' chancesRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Dan Parker / Special to IBJ
Ultimately, I suspect all this presidential talk is much ado about nothing, but Daniels isn’t tamping down the speculation because it doesn’t hurt to be talked about.
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HEIN: Sports more than a game in Green Bay, IndyRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Jay Hein / Special to IBJ
Both cities consider sports to be a reflection of not only their spirit but also their character.
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RENN: Beyond brain drain to talent magnetRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Aaron M. Renn / Special to IBJ
Indy is no longer a sleepy, backwater state capital. While it certainly has a way to go in some departments, it is at the point where it can compete at a much higher level than many think.
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CAMPBELL: The absurdity of our immigration politicsRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Steve Campbell / Special to IBJ
If proponents were serious about the issue, they would make it a crime to hire an illegal immigrant. Not a slap on the wrist, not a fine, not an audit, but a felony.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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