Michael Leppert

Michael Leppert

Michael Leppert is an author, educator and a communication consultant in Indianapolis. He writes about government, politics and culture at


$6.1 billion surplus shows an absence of ideas

By: - July 20, 2022

It’s not a surprise to those of us who have been watching it grow, stagnate, and then grow some more. But when the State of Indiana closed out its books for the fiscal year last week, the news about it still should have made more of an impression on Hoosiers than it did. Indiana ended […]


Indiana keeps investing in its bad reputation

By: - July 13, 2022

I was speeding through Georgia this past Sunday and I couldn’t help looking for political billboards. Then I saw it. A “Now Hiring” billboard for state troopers, with instructions to apply at As an occasional government watchdog, I was fascinated by this whole new strategy for filling one of any state government’s toughest jobs.  […]


The difference between ‘Greenlights’ and ‘red lines’ is simple

By: - July 6, 2022

Matthew McConaughey’s 2020 memoir, “Greenlights,” was definitely alright. I recommend listening to McConaughey reading it on Audible–his version of the voices of his past made the autobiography wildly entertaining. The book’s title and theme refer to green lights as opportunities to seize. He says, “a green light is being kind to our future self.” In […]


Corruption doesn’t change ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’

By: - June 29, 2022

A friend told me to watch it, so I did. Hulu’s seven-episode series, “Under the Banner of Heaven,” is based on the non-fiction, true crime book by Jon Krakauer. It details a murder investigation of a woman and her baby intertwined in storytelling of the founding and evolution of the Mormon church. It shows how […]