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Commentary: Indiana’s income problem

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Commentary: Indiana’s income problem

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org We spend a lot of time talking about stagnant wages here in Indiana. And while this may sound cruel, the individuals most responsible for flat and declining wages are the ones with either no skill set or they let they let skill set fall by the wayside. Allow me to explain. […]

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Commentary: Villages, lawmakers and outsourced thinking

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Commentary: Villages, lawmakers and outsourced thinking

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As the tragicomedy that is the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly stumbles and pratfalls its way to an end, one conclusion can be drawn. Many Indiana villages must be missing their idiots, because they sent them to the state legislature. The latest example of peculiar thought – […]

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Analysis: Common construction arguments don’t wash, on either side

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers have scrapped Indiana’s common construction wage, an 80-year-old system that set floors for workers’ pay on local projects that are funded with taxpayer money. It was a controversial debate and the economics are tricky – but the discussion became more convoluted than it needed to be in part […]

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Commentary: Mike Pence, without a parachute

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Commentary: Mike Pence, without a parachute

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When people fall as hard and as fast as Mike Pence has, they generally like to have something – a parachute or a bungee cord – to slow or stop their descent. Indiana’s governor doesn’t seem to have either at his disposal. Two polls released in the past few […]

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Commentary: The real fix for Indiana’s image problem

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Commentary: The real fix for Indiana’s image problem

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When the news broke that the state of Indiana has hired an out-of-state public relations firm to repair its “battered” image, the politest response was a guffaw. The voices on social media, in particular, were derisive. “You can’t fix stupid,” one noted communications professional posted on Facebook. The state’s […]

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Commentary: Democracy in action

Commentary: Democracy in action

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com Voting in elections is not related to public policy, such as to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the new Indiana law which gave greater legal protections to businesses that refuse service out of religious belief. Or is it? Let’s take a look. Over four days in April, Indianapolis Star columnist Matthew […]

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Commentary: Use liberty to win the culture wars

Commentary: Use liberty to win the culture wars

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org After getting spanked or the third time on a major “cultural” issue, Indiana social and religious conservatives might want to pay attention to this. I know you guys are mad about what happened to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). You think Indiana lawmakers ignored legality and instead caved in to […]

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Guest column: On ‘tax day,’ how to lower the income tax

By Eric Schansberg Indiana Policy Review We pay taxes every day. But for many people, April 15th represents “Tax Day” — the day when our income tax forms are due. Many people file their 1040’s sooner, particularly when they’re receiving refunds. They have allowed the government to keep too much of their money all year. […]

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Commentary: Indiana’s education circus

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Commentary: Indiana’s education circus

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Board of Education has turned into a circus, with two snarling opponents vying to step into the center ring and take over the show. Right now, Democratic State Superintendent Glenda Ritz is technically the board’s ringmaster. She was elected in 2012, which at the time meant […]

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Commentary: Grandma’s coming, grab your guns

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Commentary: Grandma’s coming, grab your guns

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The big shot at the National Rifle Association says electing Hillary Clinton will bring about an apocalypse. “Hillary Rodham Clinton will bring a permanent darkness of deceit and despair forced upon the American people to endure,” Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president and chief executive officer, told the […]

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