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MARCUS: Radical government budgeting proposed

February 13, 2010
Morton Marcus
The essential issue is to get out of the cycle where governments plan to spend money they don’t know they will receive.
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MARCUS: Governor's ship of a state losing sailors?

February 6, 2010
Morton Marcus
A State of the State address is supposed to make us feel better about who we are, where we are and where we are going.
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MARCUS: A heavenly suggestion for economic recovery

January 30, 2010
Morton Marcus
The federal stimulus programs are based largely on borrowing, not on taxation.
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MARCUS: Is health care reform socialism?

January 23, 2010
Morton Marcus
The time is coming when everyone will recognize that, as every structure in a city is entitled fire department services, so, too, each individual should receive appropriate health care, whether or not he or she can pay for it.
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MARCUS: Opportunity to Think in Elkhart County

January 16, 2010
Morton Marcus
Maybe Elkhart County needs to ask itself if there is long-term economic value in being the RV or even the electric-vehicle capital of the nation.
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MARCUS: Indiana third-worst in pay growth

January 9, 2010
Morton Marcus
Our legislators are reconvening in Indianapolis to “do the people’s business.” What they do actually is send tremors though the fiscal foundations of our state. Households and businesses cannot figure out our tax structure or our spending priorities.
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MARCUS: Don't learn economics from announcers

January 2, 2010
Morton Marcus
We don’t support the library or most government services with adequate taxes.
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MARCUS: 'Tis the season for getting for giving

December 26, 2009
Morton Marcus
Not-for-profits know we want something more than good deeds for our contributions.
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MARCUS: Kindle depresses elf in Santa's workshop

December 19, 2009
Morton Marcus
Elvin has been one of Santa’s elves for decades. Normally a jolly fellow, he called me last week with desperation in his voice.
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MARCUS: Where are 108,000 missing Hoosiers?

December 12, 2009
Morton Marcus
In my fantasy world, the country singer asks, “Are you ready for some data, some labor market data, for the nation, for the states, and for Indiana counties?” Now those are words that stir the blood and stimulate the imagination.
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MARCUS: Grandson learns facts of Hoosier life

December 5, 2009
Morton Marcus
My grandson, Nathaniel, recently had his first birthday. Soon thereafter, I took him to a doughnut shop to teach him the facts of life. If he is to become an adult Hoosier, there are things he must learn.
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MARCUS: 'Tis the season to spend responsibly

November 28, 2009
Morton Marcus
Initially, I was going to write this week about the innumerable foolish purchases we could make this holiday season. As I looked through the Sunday newspaper, I felt overwhelmed by the advertisements that offered such deliciously dumb items as a singing toothbrush holder.
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MARCUS: Citizens unite to halt progress

November 21, 2009
Morton Marcus
Herbert Hubert is an attorney with Hem Haw Hack and Hew. We met at the local Hot Java. He wanted to solicit my participation in a variety of causes with a common theme.
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MARCUS: Diversity reigns among state's economies

November 14, 2009
Morton Marcus
Not every county in Indiana is like every other county. This is important to understand (particularly if you are a state legislator) because we cannot assume one remedy is appropriate for all ills statewide.
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MARCUS: The economic exorcism was successful

November 7, 2009
Morton Marcus
The damage done by the recession is still with us, even if the recession itself has ended. But sufficient evidence is available to suggest that the demon recession has left the nation’s economic body.
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MARCUS: The people speak - who is listening?

October 31, 2009
Morton Marcus
Occasionally, I go to hear the voice of the people at the mall. Rainy days are good for this exercise. No one is in a hurry to get drenched in the parking lot.
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MARCUS: Today's data tell yesterday's story

October 24, 2009
Morton Marcus
Most economists are of the opinion that we have seen the bottom of the recession and are in recovery mode. However, the evidence is scarce to support that position.
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MARCUS: Indiana loses a devoted and native son

October 17, 2009
Morton Marcus
Chris Linn drove the roads and noted the telltale signs of lifestyle unseen by most researchers. His eyes told him what the demographic and economic numbers did not reveal.
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MARCUS: The recession will leave a residue

October 10, 2009
Morton Marcus
Wouldn’t it be refreshing if we focused on a different way of looking at the recession? What if we talked in real terms about how much we lost in work days or goods and services?
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MARCUS: Madison on the river, future on the line

October 3, 2009
Morton Marcus
One recurring pleasure for me is learning how different communities in our state are making progress in economic development. This past week I learned how Madison (Jefferson County) is battling to sustain its heritage while improving opportunities for its citizens.
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MARCUS: Let's help keep legislators in check

September 26, 2009
Morton Marcus
All last week, I felt good that Todd Rokita, Indiana’s secretary of state, is pushing for less partisan redistricting of political offices after the 2010 census.
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MARCUS: Whose fault is poor health?

September 19, 2009
Morton Marcus
Where once we believed people were victims of disease, we now insist that illness is a reflection of choices actively made.
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MARCUS: State's long-term job deficit tops 800,000

September 12, 2009
Morton Marcus
Recently, I saw a newspaper story detailing the number and percentage of jobs lost over the past year for Indiana’s metropolitan areas. This year-over-year story is appropriate, but it tends to hide the truth behind the numbers.
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MARCUS: Transportation tells us about economy

September 5, 2009
Morton Marcus
Our many national concerns are manifest in the widespread transportation industry. The level of economic activity determines the demand for transportation services and equipment.
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MARCUS: Some things must be repeatedRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Morton Marcus
Some things need to be repeated over and over again. Repetition is required when a concept is hard to grasp or when narrow interests are allowed to override the public interest.
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