Clarence Marie Elkins celebrates 100 years; here are 1,000 words on her incredible life

There aren’t enough words to encapsulate 100 years of a life in this world. Clarence Marie Elkins turned 100 on Friday last week and her family celebrated her birthday on Sunday. Ms. Elkins’ daughter, Diane Wininger, wrote this brief history of her mother’s incredible life. Clarence Marie Elkins has spent her entire 100 years of…

Opinion: Tax debate should be about value of government services, not price

It seems likely the Indiana General Assembly will discuss major tax changes this year. This discussion is warranted for many reasons. First, this is a non-budget session, and these matters take time. So, beginning homework on our taxes is prudent, even if change takes several years. Second, we have some growing structural problems with our…

Opinion: It is time to be honest about debt, spending and taxation

The U.S. Congress is turning its attention to something called the Build it Back Better (BBB) bill. This is a good time to think critically about the political economy of our national debt. It is good to start with some facts and acknowledge what we do and do not know about the economic consequences of…

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…