Tough budget choices for state

December 29, 2008
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Gov. Mitch Daniels has ordered a string of budget cuts as the recession hammers tax revenue, and the upcoming General Assembly promises to generate squabbles over what little money is left to spend.

If you were governor, what would you cut first? Or would you propose a tax increase or chart another way out of the doldrums?

Another question: Should states that havenâ??t kept their fiscal houses in order be bailed out by the federal government?
  • here's a great 'bout no more welfare for freakin' millionaires in this state (and country!) make the billionaires pay for their own damn stadiums and make 'em pay taxes at higher rates than the rest of us working folks, since they benefit much more proportionately from our 'capitalist' system (of course they like to cpitalize the profits and socialize the freakin' convenient when they OWN the mo-rons in the governors office and legislature!!!
  • So what would you prefer, Joe, a socialist state where everyone gets the same regardless of their efforts? Our system has flaws, no doubt, but it has produced the highest degree of efficiency and wealth the world has ever seen.

    Welfare as you refer it for millionaires is called a business partnership, a means to use a small amount of money in tax increments to enhance the quality of life in the community and to create jobs. In case you didn't know, the Stadium is still hiring people. And, when the new convention space is completed, there will be more jobs. Perhaps you don't like those jobs coming. But, without the project working as it has, we wouldn't have an expansion of our convention space to bring in larger groups and the downtown businesses would have suffered - results - fewer jobs instead of more as we will have.

    Oh, and by the way, they do pay higher tax rates, perhaps you should check

    It's always nice to comment, Joe, but maybe you should direct your anger into checking out some of the facts.
  • but... but... we were told by Mitch campain (before the election) that we were in the black. Why are we having problems with our finances if we are in the black?

    Here is an idea, start looking for the fat in Government spending and start cutting the fat. Avoid any cutting in school or disability funding unless everything else has been cut and taxes cannot be raised any higher.

    In refference to Joe, I have always felt that Welfare was a good idea, in moderation. Give those in need a little assistance, but at the stipulation that they will help themselves. Higher Taxes for Higher income, I am not sure if or how much the rich actually pay, but it should be fair. Tell me, do you expect the rich to pay so much taxes that they net worth will be equal to your average Joe? Granted, I am not a fan of rich getting richer and poor getting poorer, but Capitalism is based on rewarding those who make something of themselves. Welfare helps get people started. If they have enough drive and the right resources, they can become millionares, even billionares from nothing in our economy.

    Heck, I went from being told that I will never be able to make it to high school and be self sufficent to actually completing college BS degree and becoming a programmer for a well respected company and have became self-sufficent on all fields. I was given the opportunity and the resources and I ran in the right direction with it. Everyone (who is capable) can do the same if they apply themselves and use the resources they are given. Granted, I am no millionare, but I am getting by in a bad economy.

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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.