Opinion

COX: Converting to a Roth IRA offers considerable tax breaksRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Jay Cox
The deadline for converting traditional individual retirement accounts to Roth IRAs arrives at the end of the 2009.
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HETRICK: No, Mabel, government is not a four-letter wordRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
It's easy to express populist outrage against Washington. But is the rage misplaced?
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LOU'S VIEWS: Searching for the best in Eiteljorg's West 'Quest'

September 26, 2009
Lou Harry
This year's edition of the annual show and sale offers variations on familiar themes.
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EDITORIAL: Go with care on energy projects

September 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
One of the great conundrums of our time is how to maintain the most comfortable and convenient lifestyle in the history of the human race without destroying the environment.
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MANN: Commercial real estate is next mortgage crisisRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Brian Mann
The cresting wave of maturing commercial real estate debt is the second act in our nation's credit crisis.
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Don't blame insurance for costs

September 19, 2009
I urge you, as comprehensive health care reform is considered before Congress, to realize that the best way to expand access to health insurance is to work toward containing health care costs.
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SLAUGHTER: Learn how to say 'no' at work

September 19, 2009
Robby Slaughter
Whether we do so out of fear, greed or a sense of duty, relentlessly volunteering for more work is one of the worst choices we can make at the office.
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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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LOU'S VIEWS: City Ballet off to stunning start

September 19, 2009
Lou Harry
The would-be Indianapolis City Ballet raised the bar high with a star-studded gala that brought together some of the top young dancers in the world.
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DINING: New IMA eatery keeps things new

September 19, 2009
Lou Harry
The menu changes weekly at the Indianapolis Museum of Art's new eatery, Nourish.
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MAURER: Here's some off-the-wall advice for unemployedRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Mickey Maurer
As an old-timer, I am honored when asked for business advice. Because so much of the labor force has been idled, recent inquiries have come from Hoosiers with resumes in hand. I am afraid my usual advice isn’t working, so I have some new ideas—new opportunities to investigate in the face of this job crisis.
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EDITORIAL: Melvin Simon's legacy goes beyond real estate

September 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Melvin Simon was a businessman and philanthropist of national prominence, but the vast real estate empire he helped build is not his legacy here.
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EDITORIAL: Myles Brand took on tough tasks

September 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
At the NCAA, Myles Brand took on the monumental task of striking an appropriate middle ground between academic integrity in college sports and the giant commercial operation that athletics has become.
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ALTOM: Who says you can't move your office home again?Restricted Content

September 12, 2009
Tim Altom
Many micro-businesses stuck a toe into the office-rental waters, regretted it, and they’re retreating to home offices.
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EDITORIAL: Indiana's Sunday booze ban should be tossed

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Sunday is the second-busiest grocery-shopping day of the week in Indiana, but there’s one product Hoosiers aren’t allowed to put in their shopping carts that day even though it’s perfectly legal the rest of the week. That’s because an archaic blue law prohibits carryout liquor sales on Sundays.
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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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BENNER: Respect shouldn't be a college-football noveltyRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Bill Benner
Just as it's probably unwise to make too much nice out of a pre-game handshake, it's also over the top to paint with too broad a brush the unfortunate incident that occurred at Boise State.
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MUELLER: Women, Wall Street and financial crises

September 12, 2009
Shirley M. Mueller
Although women now make up 60 percent of the work force, they occupy only 20 percent of executive positions. There are even fewer in finance, especially the high-risk areas like hedge funds. This may be one important reason we are in our economic chaos.
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Marcus misses the point

September 12, 2009
In his Aug. 31 column, Morton Marcus dared to paint those who question the role of government on certain issues as misinformed, narrow-minded and in constant need of reminding of their “obligations.” How arrogant!
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Do word puzzles help the economy?

September 12, 2009
The Indianapolis Business Journal is supposed to keep us informed on the comings and goings of Indiana businesses and inspire us with great info on how to run ours better.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A strong 'Wind' in Bloomington

September 12, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, three plays add up to a terrific start for the central Indiana performing arts season.
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DINING: Soup is center stage at revamped downtown eatery

September 12, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Cafe Zuppa fills in for the departed Gabriel's Cafeteria, offering an ample—and ambitious—menu.
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HETRICK: To teach your children well, put away the parachutesRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Asking our kids to take responsibility sometimes has unexpected consequences.
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HICKS: Post-recession policies matter more than theory

September 12, 2009
Mike Hicks
There's a wonderful fight brewing between some of the world's best-known economists.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 7&7 + B&B = remarkable footwork

September 5, 2009
Lou Harry
It might make some top 10 movie musicals lists, but it’s unlikely that “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” is on anyone’s list of favorite stage musicals. Which is why Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s current production of the show (running through Oct. 4) is so remarkable.
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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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