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Caution: higher education bills have significant ramifications

BY: - January 19, 2024

Lawmakers are throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks in their quest to educate more Hoosiers — whether through job training or traditional college. But some of the discussions carry concerning consequences. Two major proposals this year deserve in-depth examination that a short session likely can’t provide. First up is an effort by […]

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What to expect on your 2024 property tax bill

BY: - January 18, 2024

During the 2023 General Assembly much of the discussion centered on providing property tax relief to homesteads.  Lawmakers’ efforts will result in much more modest tax increases for these owner-occupied homes on 2024 property tax bills.       According to a presentation by Dr. Larry DeBoer at the Indiana County Commissioners Association conference, net assessed values in […]

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Fallacies of the school district consolidation debate in Indiana

BY: and - January 17, 2024

Consolidation of Indiana school districts has resurfaced as a topic in policy discussions because of the release of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Indiana Prosperity 2035 Plan. Not all agree with this proposal. The Indiana School Boards Association and the Indiana Small and Rural Schools Association believe that local control should prevail. From our perspective, […]

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Indiana bills that never caught a rabbit, and ain’t no friend of mine

BY: - January 16, 2024

For nearly half my life, I have had my eye on the Indiana General Assembly. Looking back on all the things I could have watched during the bulk of the last three decades, I’m deeply saddened by the choice I made. I could have chosen sunsets, priceless art, or what social media now knows is […]

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s moral stance against Vietnam War offers lessons for the Middle East

BY: - January 15, 2024

Since the onset of Israel’s deadly assault on Gaza and the West Bank after the Oct. 7, 2023, Hamas attack, debates have arisen among historians and media pundits about Martin Luther King Jr.’s stance on Israel and its conflicts with Palestinians. Some claim King was a fierce Zionist and point to his speech on Mar. […]

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Report card: Grading the legislative agendas

BY: - January 12, 2024

Everyone has an agenda in the Indiana General Assembly. I thought I’d round them up for you — complete with a grade. My grades will be based on key factors, such as whether the agenda makes a real impact, addresses a pressing need or ignores other critical matters. Holcomb’s agenda includes both governing and legislative […]

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Government shutdowns and election denialism are GOP pillars

BY: - January 9, 2024

Another government funding deadline looms in Washington on January 19, precisely two weeks before Groundhog Day. While this Congress has been the least productive in modern history, it has produced multiple versions of the shutdown dance, and other predictable jigs, worthy of being added to Groundhog Day 2.  How has this movie sequel not been […]

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Presidential primaries will bypass Indiana

BY: - January 8, 2024

The 2024 presidential primary is almost set to officially begin! While presidential nominations are truly exciting for us political geeks…living in a state like Indiana means that most of us will not have a chance to meaningfully participate. We must be prepared to live vicariously through party activists in states whose contest actually matters.  The […]

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It might seem like an exodus, but lawmakers not seeking re-election is nothing new

BY: - January 5, 2024

As the filing deadline to run for the Indiana House or Senate nears, expect more announcements from lawmakers not seeking re-election. Over several months, the list of lawmakers leaving the General Assembly has swelled to eight and almost all are Republicans. But while it might seem like an exodus, it’s really just a natural evolution […]

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Economic lookahead: As we ring in 2024, can the US economy continue to avoid a recession?

BY: and - January 4, 2024

With economic forecasters rewriting their 2024 outlooks following recent moves from the Federal Reserve, The Conversation turned to two financial economists to share their thoughts on the upcoming year. Dr. Brian Blank and Brandy Hadley are professors who study finance, firm financial decisions and the economy. They explain what they’re watching in 2024. Question: At […]

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2024 will bring a reckoning between Trump perception and reality

BY: - January 2, 2024

During my professional career, I’ve said it countless times and in countless ways: perception is reality. Oh, I wish I could take those moments back! Not just because of my awful tendency to weave profanity into my version of the cliché, but because the cliché itself has engulfed far too many of us. In 2024, […]

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Erskine documentary goes beyond baseball to highlight son with disabilities

BY: - January 1, 2024

“We could all learn a lot from Jimmy.” This loving statement is shared by Betty Erskine, mother of Jimmy Erskine and wife of baseball legend Carl Erskine, in the documentary, “The Carl Erskine Story: The Best We’ve Got.” I find myself hearing that over and over in my head.    I am not much of a […]