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Columns

  • COLUMN: Right-to-work laws lead to lower wages for all

    BARBARA FICK & MARTY WOLFSON, Guest Columnists

  • COLUMN: Suddenly the state has money

    By LARRY DeBOER, Guest Columnist

    All of a sudden the state has money. The recent December forecast revision increased expected revenues by $516 million for the biennium. It’s been almost 10 years since we’ve seen that much added revenue at the start of a legislative session.

    And that’s not all. Suddenly, there’s an added $288 million in state balances, the money in the state’s checking account. That’s in addition to the added forecast revenue.

  • COLUMN: Ideas for the year ahead

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Plenty of people rang in the new year with family and friends over the weekend. As the presses prepared to roll, I had no set plans for New Year’s Eve. I do, however, have some suggestions for 2012, both for myself and as food for thought for everyone.

    Some of these are based off of ideas submitted by friends. Thanks to them.

  • COLUMN: Reducing deficit requires skill, risk

    By LEE HAMILTON, Center for Congress

    The failure of the congressional “supercommittee” to reach an agreement on reducing the deficit was not just bad fiscal news. It was a significant failure of political leadership.

    Not only did the committee move us one step closer to a genuine fiscal crisis, but also it put the dysfunction of Congress on full display. At a time of great economic stress, its members lost sight of what failure would cost the country in lost economic growth and foregone job creation.

  • COLUMN: Help celebrate good news

    By MARK GINTNER, Guest Columnist

    Jesus Christ revealed God’s plan for love, marriage and family. Many in contemporary society have rejected this plan. This rejection has brought much suffering. Sadly, we often justify our rejection by using our own experience as the measuring stick for everyone’s experience.

  • COLUMN: Occupiers take on housing

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    Some of the news emerging from the Occupy movement makes me want to go to one of their protest sites, walk around and just get some of that stuff all over me.

    No, not the pepper spray. The good stuff.

  • COLUMN: Memories of Perry County chestnut trees remain

    By LARRY MURDOCK, Guest Columnist

    The hilly woodlands of Perry County, Indiana, were once rich in American chestnuts. Tall trees they were, renowned for their rot-resistant wood, tannin-rich bark and sweet nuts people delighted in roasting at their winter fires.

  • COLUMN: A gateway to local government

    By LARRY DeBOER, Guest Columnist

    Just in time for Christmas, or the holiday of your choice, Indiana’s Department of Local Government Finance has released its new Gateway data site. It contains a virtual ton of budget and tax information about counties, cities, towns and other local governments.

    You can see it at https://gateway.ifionline.org.

    A new toy! Let’s try it out.

  • COLUMN: A merry Christmas indeed

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    The most common Christmastime complaint I hear isn’t about high prices or crowded stores, but the hesitancy of some people to use the word “Christmas” at all.

    Two people cornered me last weekend about how store greeters – I don’t remember the store’s name – offered everyone a “Happy Holidays” greeting when walking in the front door. They also complained of the headline “holiday parade.” They told me it should be “Christmas parade.”

  • COLUMN: Zoeller: Courts must hold Congress’ authority in check

    By GREG ZOELLER, Indiana Attorney General

    On Nov. 14, the United States Supreme Court announced that it will hear five-and-a-half hours of oral argument on a lawsuit brought by 26 states, including Indiana, challenging the constitutionality of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    Many people have asked why I oppose the new federal health-care law and I have gone out of my way to speak to those who support the new federal program and explain my decision to join the multistate lawsuit.