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Commentary: School Referenda and Local Government

In a recent column, I explained the willingness of taxpayers to spend more on local improvements and provided examples of my experience in Ohio. That argument was put to the test last week as Indiana communities considered a dozen school referenda. The sample of places couldn’t really have been a more diverse cross-section of Indiana. […]

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Warmer, wetter weather will alter Indiana’s forests, urban greenspaces according to climate study

Indiana’s forests and urban green infrastructure could look dramatically different over the next century due to warmer temperatures and changed precipitation patterns brought on by climate change, according to the latest two reports by the Purdue University-based Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment. The reports — Indiana’s Future Forests and Maintaining Indiana’s Green Spaces — were released during a […]

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Commentary: Midwest growth was always about people

I was recently hornswoggled into teaching a small class for my church, of course on economics. The organizers gave me wide latitude on the particulars. They asked simply that I talk about something I know a lot about. So, I ran a small focus group of my mom and my wife. They convinced me that […]

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Special: Legislature Gets an “A” on Sunday Sales

Governor Holcomb’s signature on Senate Bill 1 allows Hoosiers to buy alcoholic beverages on Sundays. Fortunately, I have several recorded college football games to help celebrate the event. This would seem the occasion to say something clever, like, “Welcome to the 21st century, Indiana,” but this isn’t about modern mores. There’s something far different at […]

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Sen. Houchin: Treating opioid addiction responsibly

As our state faces an increasing drug epidemic that is nearing crisis levels, we must take action. We must combat drug abuse on all fronts, including prevention, treatment, and enforcement. However, we must do so responsibly. There are a few different treatment options in Indiana, including methadone clinics and Office-Based Opioid Treatment facilities (OBOT). These […]

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Editorial: Keep government budgets accessible to majority of Hoosiers

This commentary was written by Stephen Key, executive director and general counsel of the Hoosier State Press Association.   At the end of their year, corporations create an annual report for their shareholders. They mail it to those shareholders or present it at a meeting of those shareholders. The information helps investors decide on whether they […]

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Perspective: A Forecast for 2018

This week, the research center where I am employed released its 2018 economic forecast. As with most recent years, this forecast has mixed projections. Importantly, this forecast coincides with the 10th anniversary of the start of the Great Recession, so it is worth explaining how much of its effects linger and perhaps what caused the […]

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Commentary: Trade deficits and the dollar safe haven

Probably the single most misunderstood facet of the economy involves trade and foreign investment. At least a dozen times a year I hear some version of the following claim: “Our nation needs to rebalance trade while attracting more foreign investment.” This statement sounds sophisticated, sober and well-reasoned, the words of a thoughtful statesman with exposure […]

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Astra Theatre renovation well underway

Here is a video of the ongoing renovation on the Astra Theatre on the Square in Jasper from WITZ AM/FM. Cover photo from here. We are a rag tag bunch, this group of six. We are working hard to bring the Astra alive on a regular basis by doing all the tasks of running a […]

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Lt. Ian Park is a helicopter pilot with the “Vipers” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 48, a Mayport, Florida based squadron that operates the Navy’s next generation submarine hunter and Anti-Surface Warfare helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert Zhan

Santa Claus native pilots Navy’s most advanced helicopter

A 2008 Heritage Hills High School graduate and Santa Claus native is serving with a U.S. Navy helicopter squadron that flies the Navy’s newest and most technologically-advanced helicopter. Lt. Ian Park is a helicopter pilot with the “Vipers” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 48, a Mayport, Florida based squadron that operates the Navy’s next generation submarine hunter and Anti-Surface Warfare helicopter, the MH-60R […]

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Perspectives: How an economic study works

One of the great pleasures of writing this column is explaining economic research results to readers who are experts at something other than economic research. After all, we are all experts at something, and if my wife is to be trusted on these matters, most subjects are more interesting than economics. This week I thought […]

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