Productivity and education demands greatly affect factory employment
We frequently publish the columns of Mike Hicks, a professor at Ball State University and director of the Center for Business and Economic Research up there in Muncie.
First Amendment threats and defenses have, for much of the past 100 years, largely focused on protecting individual speech — the rights of any one of us to express ourselves without interference or punishment by the government.
When North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders have seen their work struck down in court as unconstitutional — as they have many times — they have frequently responded by attacking the judge or judges as partisan hacks.
We were taken aback by the comments of the Wheatland Town Council president, that local elected officials have no obligation to keep their constituents informed about what's taking place in the community.
If the state's newly released high school graduation rate report serves just one purpose, it should be as impetus for a crackdown on virtual charter schools, including one which more than doubled in size after graduating only 22 of its 1,009 seniors last spring.
The Brookings Institution recently published a study for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership outlining labor market challenges in the region. It is a good study that I admire because it restates many of the points I have been making over the past years regarding failures of economic de…
The overriding concern for the Indiana House and Senate in this year’s session will be drafting a two-year budget with less money to work with than lawmakers had hoped for.
Like previous government shutdowns, the current one — which entered its 13th day on Thursday — has had less impact than you might expect. About two-thirds of government spending is for benefits such as Medicare and Social Security, which are unaffected by shutdowns. Also unaffected are the j…
Looking back at 2018’s weather-related news, it seems clear that this was the year climate change became unavoidable. I don’t mean that the fires in California, coastal flooding in the Carolinas, and drought throughout the West were new evidence of climate change. Rather, they shifted the na…
U.S. Sen. Todd Young, Indiana's junior senator, hasn't allowed all the partisan flailing and bickering going on in Washington over border walls and government shutdowns to get in the way of doing legitimate business for the public good.
Pride in our state's exceptional history and traditions related to the Old West may help explain Texans' clinging to some practices that should be consigned to the state's past. That includes the death penalty, which continues to be carried out more frequently in Texas than anywhere else in …
WASHINGTON — As the first two years of President Donald Trump's administration close, Republican allies still haven't figured out how best to influence a leader who takes cues from the forces that swept him to office and seems to fear losing them above all else.
Hardly a day goes by when I don’t speak with someone about their area’s growing or shrinking economy. Much of the time my conversations are with business people or with folks who think about the economic vitality of a region much like that of a business. One difficult part of every such conv…
Nov. 27 was a terrible day for the Logansport community. Four children — 3-year-old Swayze Hite; 1-year-old Rhylie Hite; 3-month-old Marshall Hite; their mother, Brandi Hite; 10-year-old KaDee Huddleston, and her father, Joseph, were killed in a house fire.
A bit of common sense and common decency intruded into the crazy world of Donald Trump when, in New York, the state attorney general announced that the president had agreed that the "charity" he used as a piggy bank has no reason to exist.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's relationship with the Republican Party, always a marriage of convenience, is showing signs of serious strain.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Tuesday that it had finalized a rule reclassifying so-called bump stocks — the devices that can make a semiautomatic rifle fire nearly as quickly a fully automatic weapon — as machine guns, which makes it illegal to manufacture, se…
At a legislative conference in Indianapolis on Dec. 12, leaders from both parties agreed that the Indiana Department of Child Services' problems have to be a major focus of the session that begins next month.
Bonuses given to managers of a public utility are never a good idea, and especially not when the customers of that utility have only recently had a 50-percent hike in rates levied upon them.
"Does anybody really know what time it is/ Does anybody really care?" — Robert William Lamm, from the “Chicago Transit Authority” album, 1969
Later on this week, on Thursday morning, the Vincennes Redevelopment Commission will hear a report from the city's financial advisors detailing the “impact” the group has had on other taxing units within the Tax Increment Finance district.
Unlike most of Time magazine's "Person of the Year" designees since 1927, we can be certain none of those featured this year on that iconic, red-framed cover wanted to be there.
Over the course of the past three years, obtaining information on Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts has been made difficult and in some ways impossible.
Gifts given to Hoosiers this time of year include legislative agendas from lawmakers and the governor. Some people will be delighted and some disappointed by what’s been selected as upcoming priorities for the state. Think of a child’s reaction to opening a cool new video game with lots of p…
Those of us who debate policy often draw a bright line between domestic and foreign policy, as if they exist in separate worlds. But in fact they are closely linked. Our success or failure in one policy sphere will influence the other.
At the time of his presidency, 1989-1993, George H.W. Bush’s reputation was bolstered by his strong leadership in foreign policy and tainted by a staggering economy.
North Carolina Republican Mark Harris narrowly beat Democrat Dan McCready in the state's 9th Congressional District. Or so it appeared in the days following last month's midterm election. Now no one can be sure the vote was honest.
The other day, a friend asked what surprised me most about politics. This may seem strange, but I’d never really thought about the question.
Indiana is closing in on two decades of so-called school reform, with proponents continuing to claim more is needed. But the changes they've championed, beginning with the 2001 charter school law, now have a track record.
Earlier this week, General Motors announced significant layoffs across both its salaried staff and production workers. This should come as no surprise. Through government bailout GM was spared the deep structural changes needed in 2007-2009, so it was inevitable that new leadership would hav…
George H.W. Bush fulfilled his desire — articulated late in his 1988 campaign for president — to be “the education president.” It just took three decades.
As the alliance of Indiana health and business groups pushes yet again for the legislature to raise the cigarette tax, let’s hope that the third time’s the charm.
If you did not hear about the major new federal climate change report, the Trump administration will be pleased. The report was released the day after Thanksgiving — when many people were distracted — probably because it contradicts practically everything President Trump has said and done on…
“Misinformation” is Dictionary.com's word of the year. The site defines it as “false information that is spread, regardless of whether there is intent to mislead” and is careful to distinguish it from disinformation, which does require a deliberate intent to mislead.
Is democracy in retreat? Experts argue it is. And many Americans apparently agree. A recent poll, reversing two decades of polling, found that many have lost faith in our political system.
Our nation's top federal health agency recommends a plethora of actions school personnel and others can take in identifying and addressing the effects of bullying on our youth.
Indiana school districts can propose referenda to ask their voters for added property tax revenue. Twelve referenda were proposed on election day, and eight passed. That’s 67 percent, just a bit more than the 63 percent pass rate since 2008. Move along, folks, nothing to see here.