Again, on government reform

Credit Ed DeLaney, a Democrat who represents Indiana House District 86 in northern Marion County and southern Hamilton
County, for introducing a bill that would eliminate township government and move the functions to counties.

Many
observers doubt the bill, or others like it, will go far in this short session, largely because fellow House Democrats have
blocked them in the past.

Most opposition has come from legislators, both Democrats and Republicans, worried that
eliminating township government would gut their farm teams and toss friends out of jobs.

Given the pressures to
cut costs in government, are the odds of government reform any better this time? And if legislators don’t act to cut costs,
will voters punish them this fall?

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