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Cost of not addressing poverty could surpass current cost

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.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am Related
RICH JAMES: Legislature hasn't delivered on government reform

RICH JAMES: Legislature hasn't delivered on government reform

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.

March 05, 2014 12:00 am

Business tax cut plans approved by Senate, House

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled chambers of the Indiana General Assembly separately approved competing plans Thursday that both give big tax breaks to Hoosier companies.

January 30, 2014 6:00 pm
Indiana governor proposes tax cut for families with children

Indiana governor proposes tax cut for families with children

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.

December 19, 2013 11:19 pm Related
Business tax cut tops Pence legislative agenda

Business tax cut tops Pence legislative agenda

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.

December 05, 2013 6:42 pm Photos


Economy improving slowly, but shutdown dragged on growth

Economy improving slowly, but shutdown dragged on growth

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.

October 19, 2013 10:30 pm Related

EDITORIAL: 'No more borrowing' should be County Council mantra

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.

September 13, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Now that it's here, spend money wisely

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.

May 13, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Griffith's woe is symptom of bigger problem

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.

March 16, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Take a thorough look at tax options

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.

May 04, 2011 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Townships offer big bang for small bucks

The value of township government is found in the vital services provided directly to its citizens at a comparatively low cost.

January 22, 2011 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: We can have a more uniform government for less money

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…

January 20, 2011 12:00 am

Secretary of state services at GSU on Jan. 18

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.

January 10, 2011 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Time to eliminate township government

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.

January 09, 2011 12:00 am Related

DOUG ROSS: Thoughts from the 2011 diving board

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?

December 31, 2010 12:00 am
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