Millions of dollars in federal and township poor relief flood Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties every month, outpacing statewide rates, a Times computer-assisted analysis of state, federal and local data shows.
Former Gov. Mitch Daniels will tell you one of his proudest accomplishments was his appointment of former Gov. Joe Kernan and Chief Justice Randall Shepard to chair the Local Government Study Commission.
INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled chambers of the Indiana General Assembly separately approved competing plans Thursday that both give big tax breaks to Hoosier companies.
INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence wants to reduce the income taxes paid by families with children as part of his plan to promote marriage and childbearing in Indiana.
INDIANAPOLIS | Ignoring data showing that Indiana's decade of trickle-down prosperity policies haven't improved the income, health or quality of life for most Hoosiers, Gov. Mike Pence promised Thursday to deliver still more business-centered programs in the upcoming legislative session.
Members of The Times Board of Economists reported at their October meeting the area economy keeps moving slowly forward and should see a boost because of holiday spending.
The budgeting process continues in Lake County, and the Lake County Council is in a unique position this year to go beyond what is expected and pass a budget that includes no further borrowing.
After a tense, white-knuckle, nail-biting process, it's finally official. Lake County has adopted an income tax, just like every other Indiana county. Now it's time to make sure the money is spent wisely.
The Indiana General Assembly's unfinished business includes addressing the heavy tax burden Calumet Township places on Griffith. That issue must be taken up again in the 2013 session.
A wheel tax proposal was hoisted up the flagpole and promptly yanked back down. Gary mayoral candidates have discussed their views on income tax options, including the concept of a municipal tax. It's time to bring clarity to this process.
The value of township government is found in the vital services provided directly to its citizens at a comparatively low cost.
In 2007 a commission chartered by Gov. Mitch Daniels and chaired by former Gov. Joe Kernan and Chief Justice Randall Shepard issued a report calling for major overhaul of the way Indiana is organized. The commission called for elimination of duplicative and wasteful structures of local gover…
UNIVERSITY PARK | The secretary of state's Mobile Service Unit will be at Governors State University from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Hall of Governors.
Griffith officials are continuing their crusade to get out from the crushing burden of supporting Calumet Township. What Griffith residents need is the lasting relief that would come from reinventing government, not just a Rube Goldberg patchwork solution.
New Year's Eve is a bit like standing on a high diving board. If you want to make a big splash, you'd better know first what you're getting into. There's water down there, right?
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