Hicks: Covid-19 reveals regional inequality

The last decade saw considerable concern over rising income inequality in the United States. Academic work by Thomas Piketty and the populist backlash that fueled the presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump brought this concern to mainstream America. Over the past few years, several researchers, including my colleagues and I at Ball State,…

Opinion: Free speech and Senate Bill 414

Earlier this year, Indiana’s General Assembly passed Senate Bill 414, which required universities to survey students about the climate for free speech on campus. Schools must then report these findings to the Commission on Higher Education. Normally I’d be reluctant to weigh in on such a law; at first blush it looks like another volley…

Prosecutor: Elder abuse awareness

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is designated in June of each year. This is a day set aside to recognize that some of our most important citizens are vulnerable to abuse, neglect, and exploitation.  Elder abuse impacts not just seniors, but anyone over the age of eighteen categorized as an endangered adult.  An endangered adult is…

Hicks: Some early census results for Indiana

The Census Bureau is now rolling out their population estimates from the 2020 counts. We have state and now local municipal counts. These figures are used to determine the number of House seats each state receives, and to draw congressional district lines within states. The census is also used for drawing senate and house seats…

New Indiana budget proposal increases funding for teacher pay and voucher expansion

Stephanie Wang, Chalkbeat Indiana Indiana lawmakers plan to boost funding to K-12 schools to fulfill a recommendation to add $600 million by 2023 to increase teacher pay. With about $2 billion more than they initially anticipated in the state revenue forecast, lawmakers proposed Tuesday to hike per-student spending by 4.6% in 2021-22 and 4.3% in…

Opinion: Let’s be honest about the Covid relief bill

On March 12, President Biden signed into law another stimulus bill to address the enormous damage done to our economy through COVID-19. There are principled arguments for and against most details of the $1.9 trillion bill. I feel Congress could’ve passed a much smaller bill, maybe half the size, and put in place an automatic…

Opinion: Two sides of the minimum wage

With a minimum wage increase once again prominently featuring a policy debate, it seems wise to treat the issue a bit differently. Instead of outlining the positive and negative effects of a particular increase of the minimum wage, I’ll offer the best arguments for and against any minimum wage. In so doing I’ll attempt an…

Opinion: Our biggest economic challenge is school funding

Last week’s column on school funding in Indiana stirred a great deal of conversation around the state. I am glad it did, but cannot take credit for the interest. Most Hoosiers are keenly attentive to their local schools and concerned about the economic performance of their cities and towns. These issues are intimately linked, yet…

Support FFA members during FFA week and year-round

“FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.” This FFA mission statement is a testament to our members, chapters, advisors and supporters everywhere. National FFA week starts Monday, Feb. 20. It is held annually on the last full…

Prosecutor: January is Human Trafficking Prevention month

January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. First established in 2010, this month is set aside to recognize, learn about, and work to prevent human trafficking.  As your Prosecutor, we are taking this time to share information and educate our community about the prevalence and dangers of human trafficking so that we can work together to…