In the 21st century, it’s time to reconsider the uses of our land as a way of attracting and retaining people, rather than industries.
What does it take to make progress? Unclench the jaws and remove the fangs of the contesting opponents; play the harp and silence the trumpets.
Woodlands still account for 22 percent of Indiana’s land area, an asset of unmeasured value.
But does a relationship exist between a state’s tax-climate ranking and its actual economic growth as measured by gross domestic product?
Not providing seats denies jobs to how many thousands? What portion of those on disability payments are out of the workforce because employers fail to provide opportunities to sit on the job? We do not know.
Our state has good places the size of Evansville, South Bend and Muncie on down to Hartford City, Portland and Sullivan. These places could offer a quality of life deemed acceptable by our elite state economic developers if a program of incentives removed the blemishes caused by stagnation and decline.
The new movie about Noah and his ark, combined with the antics of the General Assembly, led me to setting the fabled story here in the Hoosier state.
Sometimes it seems our political leaders know only four-letter words like jobs. They often precede this with another four letter word: good.
Governors and mayors normally talk as if they are personally responsible for bringing jobs to their states and communities. This is nonsense.
In the decade of the Great Depression, the 1930s, the population of Indiana grew 5.8 percent. Later, in the 1970s, a decade of great economic turmoil, the state’s population advanced 5.7 percent. The 1980s saw a strong recession and a subsequent restructuring of American business; Indiana’s population grew a mere 1 percent.
Without standards of performance, taxpayers sign blank checks while children are set up for future failures.
For all of our philosophical pondering combined with our statistical cleverness, we cannot figure out what is “living” nor determine its “cost.”
The U.S. Army says, “Be all that you can be.” Indiana is moving toward a different message.