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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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Letter to the editor: Repeal of common construction wage law unnecessary

March 31, 2015 To the Editor: The legislation to repeal our state’s common construction wage law (House Bill 1019) is unnecessary and shortsighted. If one were planning to build a house, the prudent course of due diligence would be to research possible home builders, while the primary decision factors would be quality of workmanship and […]

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Letter: Setting goals in the fight against cancer will lead to success

To the editor:   Cancer is a complex set of diseases with many different causes. Some cancers are caused by viruses such as hepatitis and human papillomavirus (HPV). One of the most common cancers in women throughout the world is cervical cancer, in which HPV plays an essential causal role. The development of a vaccine […]

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Guest column: Republicans aren’t fixing what ails schools

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Guest column: Republicans aren’t fixing what ails schools

By Rep Greg Porter State representative The ink had barely dried on the biennial state budget approved by the Indiana House Republican supermajority when it was discovered that the school funding formula that the budget supposedly had “fixed” hadn’t been fixed at all. It turns out that flawed data involving the free and reduced lunch […]

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Guest column: Work share program deserves a legislative shot

By Derek Thomas Special to TheStatehouseFile.com The best way to stimulate the economy is by keeping workers on the job through work sharing. According to Moody’s Analytics, the return is greater than infrastructure investments or tax cuts. A work sharing program – available in 28 states – is a voluntary and cost-equivalent alternative to traditional unemployment insurance that allows […]

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Guest column: More than an elected office at stake in attack on Ritz

By John Gregg Special to TheStatehouseFile.com On a cold January morning in 2001, I stood outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC with my two sons, then ages 8 and 7 to witness the inauguration of President George W. Bush. As the ceremony began, my older son asked me “Dad why are we here, we’re […]

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Guest column: The man that makes the magic hat

By Mary Beth Schneider Special to TheStatehouseFile.com My father has a magic hat. And it has this amazing power to transform him out of invisibility. It is the World War II veteran’s cap I bought for him last year to wear while he went with Indy Honor Flight and 69 other veterans to Washington D.C. […]

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Letter to the editor: State news agency stuns Democratic chairman

Jan. 27, 2015 To the editor: Stunned. That’s how I felt when I heard about Governor Mike Pence’s bold overreach to toss the media aside and have state government run the news. His new taxpayer-funded news agency, which is headed by a former journalist, will write pre-written news stories and “break” news that will favor […]

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Guest column: Indiana Sunday liquor sales, a Burke-Hayek battleground

By Tom Charles Huston Indiana Policy Review Indiana is, I believe, one of only two states that prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday. This prohibition offends a number of people: poor planners who have trouble remembering to buy beer on Saturday for their Sunday football parties; national retailers who seek to increase their […]

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Guest column: An open letter to Roger Goodell

By Jim Purucker Special to TheStatehouseFile.com Dear Commissioner Goodell: I write as a lifelong fan of the National Football League, a 25+ year fantasy football player, a season ticket holder, a routine purchaser of NFL licensed products and even a fan who has made travel to away NFL games a cherished annual father/son tradition over […]

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