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MARC CHASE: Fiscal restraint in Lake County, no fooling

MARC CHASE: Fiscal restraint in Lake County, no fooling

Who knew Lake County government could exercise a measure of fiscal restraint?

April 15, 2014 12:00 am

Indiana maintains top credit rating

INDIANAPOLIS | The three largest bond agencies continue to believe loaning money to Indiana is one of the safest investments in the world.

December 06, 2013 1:33 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. fiscal follies reverberate in Asia

GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. fiscal follies reverberate in Asia

The United States may have averted a debt default, and ended the federal government shutdown, but costly political reverberations continue. The experience of Democratic and Republican leaders frozen in unmoving partisan positions has been unnerving, abroad and at home.

October 26, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Massive municipal debt should make us all queasy

MARC CHASE: Massive municipal debt should make us all queasy

Not all debt incurred by government is dangerous or irresponsible. Taking on debt for capital projects — including roads, needed building renovations and so on — with a clear and identified plan for repayment is an accepted practice of doing government business.

May 30, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Why my generation should oppose a Lake income tax

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why my generation should oppose a Lake income tax

While the proposed local option income tax for Lake County would affect all working residents, it's young people who should be the most upset over this issue.

April 28, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Government should borrow more to build stronger economy

GUEST COMMENTARY: Government should borrow more to build stronger economy

Everyone agrees, so it must be right -- we have to lower the federal deficit and national debt. Can everyone be wrong? Well, yes and no.

June 14, 2012 12:00 am
Mourdock, Rokita plotting post-Obamacare reforms to Medicaid, Medicare

Mourdock, Rokita plotting post-Obamacare reforms to Medicaid, Medicare

INDIANAPOLIS | As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule on the constitutionality of Obamacare, two Hoosier Republicans are standing by with plans to reshape the nation's health system.

June 11, 2012 6:00 pm Photos

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Opportunity knocks during federal debt crisis

GUEST COMMENTARY: Opportunity knocks during federal debt crisis

With a projected fiscal year 2011 deficit of nearly $1.5 trillion and a massive $14.3 trillion national debt, addressing our nation's budget policies is a critical national priority. The need to tackle this crisis quickly brings with it an opportunity to put in place a comprehensive solution…

July 24, 2011 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: A short course on public debt and what can be done about it

Two questions come to mind when considering recent public debt accumulation by Indiana state and local governments and the federal government: How did we get ourselves into this situation? How do we get out? Here we first consider the short-run alternatives to dealing with existing debt and …

July 16, 2011 12:00 am
The charter school of thought

The charter school of thought

The debate over the federal deficit is going to involve a lot of rhetoric before the 2012 election is over, but numbers will be coming up, too. And so will charts based on the data.

May 12, 2011 5:42 pm Related
Coats says federal deficit, energy policy harming U.S.

Coats says federal deficit, energy policy harming U.S.

VALPARAISO | The nation's fiscal situation is one of many crises facing the country, Indiana's junior U.S. senator said Monday.

April 18, 2011 11:00 pm Photos

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EDITORIAL: Make amends to struggling governments

Porter County commissioners are moving forward with a plan to loan money to other units of local government that borrow for two years or less. On the face of it, it seems generous.

April 15, 2011 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: No consensus among public on federal deficit

GUEST COMMENTARY: No consensus among public on federal deficit

The federal budget deficit is enormous, and the national debt is growing. So the pollsters are asking the public what should be done. The latest poll I've seen was done for NBC and the Wall Street Journal at the end of February. I found it on the Web by searching "NBC deficit poll."

April 02, 2011 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Are voters ready for Daniels' solutions?

When U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar declared his candidacy for president on April 19, 1995, he offered an ambitious domestic policy goal: balancing the federal budget in seven years. Central to his vision was a plan to replace the national income tax with a retail sales tax and to drastically cut gove…

March 16, 2011 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Redevelopment commissions can make debt soar

Carmel's Center for the Performing Arts opened its doors last weekend with a glamorous debut. Featuring Indiana limestone and Italian stone beneath a Palladio dome, the center will last 500 years or longer, its website says "creating a legacy that will be passed along to our children and gra…

February 03, 2011 12:00 am

Treasury bonds aren't best investment for Social Security

Could someone please remind Bill Iltzshe, of Valparaiso, that the $102 billion in interest that was credited to the Social Security fund was paid by U.S. taxpayers?

December 29, 2010 12:00 am

YOUNG VOICES: Trimming nation's fiscal fat starts with cutting out pork

If there is one issue concerning the future of America's youths that must be addressed, and soon, it is the financial state of our country. Nothing else is as pressing an issue then this country's apparent need to spend beyond its means.

December 13, 2010 12:00 am

Does Illinois' latest debt equal good news?

SPRINGFIELD | If you're looking for proof that the economy is starting to turn around, Gov. Pat Quinn's office said you'll find it in the details of Illinois' tobacco bond sale.

December 04, 2010 12:00 am
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