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Capital Comments: Hoosier farmland property tax misery has company

Feb 01, 2023

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Farmland assessments for property taxes are going up. So are home, rental housing and business assessments. Property tax misery has a lot of company. Farmland assessments start with a base rate per acre. The base rate is a statewide number calculated each year by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance. The …

Florida official labels African American studies class ‘woke indoctrination’

Feb 01, 2023

ANDERSON, Ind. — Manny Diaz Jr. called a proposed advanced placement course in African American studies “woke indoctrination masquerading as education.” Diaz is Florida’s education commissioner, and he has the backing of his boss, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. “What’s one of the lessons about?” DeSantis asked at a news conference. “Queer theory. Now, who would …

The 2023 economic forecast

Feb 01, 2023

I’m predicting the U.S. dodges a recession in 2023 and faces instead what is often called a “soft landing.”

What is the value of a college education?

Feb 01, 2023

INDIANAPOLIS — Politicians, including those in Indiana, are going down a perverted path believing that consumers should invest in education when the returns (income) on that investment justify the expenditure. The idea that education is an investment has merit, but its value is more than just the earnings it provides. Education is a means of opening choices …

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Should we be concerned about nuclear war?

Jan 26, 2023

INDIANAPOLIS — The war that begins almost always ends in a dramatically escalated fashion. The American Revolution began with ragtag militias in Massachusetts and ended up with the French Navy forcing the British to surrender at Yorktown. The American Civil War had Union and Confederate forces marching row-by-row into slaughter, particularly with the introduction of …

33-year career trashed in 30-second TV ad

Jan 26, 2023

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Politics can be cruel. The career of a public servant who made a positive difference for 33 years can be trashed in the seconds of a negative TV ad. Rita Glenn, with 33 years of service in the St. Joseph County clerk’s office, 12 of those years as the clerk, wanted …

Classified smashified: Volley of found docs raises many questions

Jan 25, 2023

INDIANAPOLIS — It’s like a virus is spreading throughout the American intelligence and upper reaches of the federal government. “Classified” and “top secret” documents are turning up in Florida, Delaware and now Indiana. Last August, it was the FBI “search” of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort that cranked up the conspiracy machine once again. …

Three facts about the Indiana economy

Jan 25, 2023

INDIANAPOLIS — How far back should we look to evaluate where we have been and where we are going? What factors should we consider? The wise analyst/consultant picks that period of time and those factors which make the folks paying the bill happiest. Since this column won’t pay me enough to buy a breaded tenderloin sandwich, …

Voucher programs fail to deliver

Jan 25, 2023

Lawmakers should say no to expansion ANDERSON, Ind. — The headline gets straight to the point. “After two decades of studying voucher programs,” it says, “I’m now firmly opposed to them. Here’s why public money should not be funding private tuition.” The headline appears over an article written by Joshua Cowen, a professor of education …

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“I’m not the least bit worried, honestly, about losing an election. I’m worried about winning it and regretting it for six years.”

Mitch Daniels, after meeting with GOP senators about an 2024 INSen bid. Sen. Todd Young said Daniels seemed “uncertain, but very interested.”
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Daniels passes on 2024 Indiana US Senate race

Jan 31, 2023

INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indiana Governor and Purdue President Mitch Daniels will pass on the U.S. Senate race. “I’ve decided not to become a candidate for the U.S. Senate. With full credit and respect for the institution and those serving in it, I conclude that it’s just not the job for me, not the town for …

Banks went from study to firebrand

Jan 26, 2023

He spent his freshman term learning about defense sector, and then came leadership The adjective “ambitious” has long accompanied Jim Banks. He’s had it since he was president of the IU College Republicans, as Whitley County Republican chairman, as a county councilman, as a state senator, and then in Congress. Throughout his political career, he …

Doden focusing on small towns, teachers, free adoptions

Jan 26, 2023

INDIANAPOLIS — Eric Doden grew up in a small town – Auburn, Indiana – and is basing part of his 2024 Republican gubernatorial campaign on reviving them. “We’re going to continue to talk about the importance of our small towns,” Doden said Monday in a Howey Politics Indiana interview. “We have the Indiana Main Street …

Daniels makes DC rounds; Banks picks up endorsements

Jan 26, 2023

INDIANAPOLIS — Mitch Daniels spent Wednesday talking with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as Sens. Todd Young, Steve Daines and Tim Scott. It is a prelude to the most burning question in Hoosier – and American – politics, which is whether “My Man Mitch” will make a political comeback. It’s unclear when a …

Classified documents found at Mike Pence’s Indiana home

Jan 24, 2023

The Indiana home of former Vice President Mike Pence is the latest to go under the political microscope after documents marked as classified were found by one of his attorneys last week, according to Reuters. A Pence representative told Reuters the former VP turned over the documents, and a letter was sent to the National …