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April 25, 2017 2:59 PM

Monumental Legislative Session?

Monumental Legislative Session? The Indiana General Assembly adjourned early Saturday morning more than one week ahead of the statutory deadline and today the Dow Jones is up by nearly 400 points. While the legislature might like to claim credit they can be proud of numerous major achievements. This session began with a focus on improving Indiana’s roads and bridges and they did enact a sustainable long-term funding bill to improve our infrastructure. Indiana can’t be…

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April 20, 2017 7:22 AM

Hogsett Offers More Hope (And More Questions)

As I sat down and watched Indianapolis Mayor Joe’s Hogsett’s second State of the City speech, two thoughts came to mind.   The mayor is a great at two things, giving an impassioned speech that reaches the heart of the listener and leaving me with more questions when he’s done. In his first state of the city address, the mayor talked about public safety, poverty and getting the city’s finances in order.  He spoke about a…

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April 13, 2017 8:01 AM

Working Instead of Whining

I love it when people tell me that “there are no jobs out there”.  And even though I point to Indiana’s 4.1 percent unemployment rate and 64.4 percent worker participation rate, they still tell me that they can’t find a job because they’re black, have a criminal record or are an older person.  The excuses run like water. And while I could cite more facts and data about wages and how in most cases education…

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April 10, 2017 4:25 PM

The U.S. Senate has given both Republican and Democrat something to rue!

The U.S. Senate has given both Republican and Democrat something to rue!   Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court today. What should be a meaningful moment for American democracy has been tarnished by the childish partisan bickering of our U.S. Senators over the last four years.   The Republicans argue that they were forced to ignite the “Nuclear Option” because for the first time in our history…

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April 9, 2017 8:06 AM

When Governments Get Left Behind

If there is one thing I’m learning coming out of this session at the Indiana Statehouse, is despite making a lot of progress on the fiscal and economic fronts, state government still has a long way to go to catch with the 21st century when it comes to understanding technology and consumers. What exactly do I mean? Think about how consumer purchasing habits have changed over the past 20-30 years. If you had to go…

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April 7, 2017 7:55 AM

Syria WMD II

I confess a long standing interest in Syrian weapons of mass destruction. This first blog I posted on this site (“Syria: We’re Uncle Stupid” 10/23/2013) criticized then President Obama’s vaporous “red line” on Bashar Assad’s possession of chemical weapons.  Obama flinched at enforcing his red line, instead cutting a deal with Vladimir Putin for “verified” removal of Assad’s chemicals.  I pointed out that Assad’s 1,000 ton stock of the bad stuff could be hidden in…

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April 4, 2017 11:16 AM

The Indiana Electoral College

A few weeks ago, Bloomington Representative Matt Pierce unsuccessfully introduced an amendment to add Indiana to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. That’s the effort to circumvent the Electoral College by having states promise their electors to the national popular vote winner – once enough states have signed to give that winner the magic 270. In making his case, Pierce challenged majority Republicans: “How would you like it if we elected the governor based on…

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April 1, 2017 8:04 AM

The Road to Compromise

There are now two distinct plans circulating through the Statehouse with regards to road funding.  Both House and Senate Republicans have put forth proposals on how to pay for Indiana’s infrastructure, long-term. The House plan includes a 10-cent increase in the gas tax, shifting the entire sales tax on gasoline to road funding, and increasing the cigarette tax by 60 cents to help indirectly fill the budget gap created by the sales tax shift.  …

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March 26, 2017 8:35 AM

Let’s Level the Liquor Playing Field

Indiana’s alcohol laws will drive you to drink. We all know how ridiculous it is that you can’t buy alcohol on Sunday or cold beer at a grocery store or gas station (make that most gas stations).  But did you know in a liquor store you can’t sell cold soda or bottled still water, but you can get by carbonated water in a bottle, it’s called a commodity restriction which limits what can and can’t…

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March 16, 2017 8:57 AM

Hey Indiana Lawmakers, Thanks for Nothing!!!

Two years ago Indiana was in the middle of a level five political hurricane called RFRA.  A few years before that Democrats and Republicans deadlocked over “right to work, ” and Democrats fled to Champaign, IL bringing the government to a halt.  And just last year we were all pondering whether then Governor Mike Pence could survive a re-election bid. How I miss those days. Don’t get me wrong, the substantive public policy guy in…

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