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Guest column: Is federal education aid worth it?

By Craig Ladwig Indiana Policy Review Could Indiana live without 12 percent of its education budget, the $1.2 billion coming from Washington each year? The answer is yes if you trust cost-benefit analysis. The work of an expert in that field, Dr. Maryann O. Keating, writing in the current issue of the quarterly Indiana Policy […]

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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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Commentary: College sports and government’s role

By Jon Bingham Indiana Policy Review Which system do you prefer: college basketball’s March Madness or college football’s bowls-playoff? Your answer may indicate your view of the beneficial role of government. Should the government facilitate competition or predetermine much of the outcome? March Madness relates to the free market. College football exemplifies government control. For […]

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Commentary: James Brady, an uncertain legacy

By Stephen M. King Indiana Policy Review Foundation James Brady, former press secretary for President Ronald Reagan who died Aug. 4., was one of several individuals, including President Ronald Reagan, shot and wounded in the attempted 1981 assassination outside the Washington Hilton. He later recovered and became an advocate for stronger national gun-control laws, including the famous 1993 Brady law, […]

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Commentary: Work share…reduced hours for all or layoffs for a few?

By Maryann O. Keating Indiana Policy Review At dinner, the four year old reported that her nursery school classmate, Billy, had a bad day and acted mean. When asked what the teacher did, the four year old replied wide-eyed, “She took away Billy’s job.” Most of us can empathize with Billy’s symbolic loss of group […]

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Commentary: When constitutions fail

By Craig Ladwig Indiana Policy Review Do we put too much stock in constitutions? What if securing liberty is harder work than putting words on paper? Our foundation tried to answer that question 20 years ago this month. It filed a lawsuit against the Indiana Legislature, which had hidden a pay raise in a package […]

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Commentary: Rulings on same-sex marriage benefits leave states like Indiana with uncertainty

By Stephen M. King Indiana Policy Review In U.S. vs. Windsor, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the provision in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) denying federal benefits to legally-married couples was unconstitutional. The court, however, left intact Section 2 of DOMA, which essentially says that all 37 states that do […]

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Commentary: Immigration policy … a testimonial

By Craig Ladwig Indiana Policy Review A few hours on one of those genealogical web sites can put the immigration debate into sharp personal focus. I stumbled on her picture, a criminal mug shot actually, while looking for more glamorous ancestry. She was my great-grandmother, a suspected enemy alien. Wilma Philipina Rosina Haug Bader was […]

Guest column: Great journalists remind us why journalism still matters

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Guest column: Great journalists remind us why journalism still matters

By Andrea Neal Indiana Policy Review A recent survey ranked newspaper reporter as the worst career of 2013, just below meter reader and lumberjack, but you wouldn’t guess it from the stories told by journalists who gathered in Bloomington to see six of their own inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. Journalism “still […]

Guest column: The income tax centennial

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Guest column: The income tax centennial

By Eric Schansberg Indiana Policy Review Foundation This year, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 16th Amendment’s income tax, passed in the last days of the Taft Administration in February 1913. It was the first change in the Constitution since 1870, giving Congress “the power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever […]

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