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Kernan-shepard Commission

EDITORIAL: Plan smooth transition to end of townships

EDITORIAL: Plan smooth transition to end of townships

Griffith officials aren't giving up on their quest for relief from Calumet Township's heavy tax burden. Nor should they. But state lawmakers need to look at the bigger picture, not just Griffith's situation.

August 16, 2012 12:00 am Related
GUEST COMMENTARY: Local government reforms succeed in 2012

GUEST COMMENTARY: Local government reforms succeed in 2012

Congratulations to the Indiana General Assembly for passing, and Gov. Mitch Daniels for signing, three laws that will assist in improving the accountability, efficiency, and transparency of local government. These three laws are House Bill 1003, House Bill 1005 and Senate Bill 193.

March 23, 2012 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: Poster child for county government reform

EDITORIAL: Poster child for county government reform

The feud between the Porter County Council and the Board of Commissioners would be settled if local government reform were to be enacted finally in Indiana.

February 26, 2012 12:00 am Related

Bills could limit municipal worker election

INDIANAPOLIS | Separate committees of the Indiana House and Senate have approved legislation this week prohibiting local government employees from serving as elected officials of the governments they work for.

January 12, 2012 5:00 pm
BRIAN HOWEY: Urge Daniels to stump for government reform

BRIAN HOWEY: Urge Daniels to stump for government reform

In 2005, we witnessed the extraordinary powers of a governor willing to use his political capital.

December 11, 2011 12:00 am
Shepard optimistic local government reforms will be implemented

Shepard optimistic local government reforms will be implemented

INDIANAPOLIS | Retiring Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard is not dismayed the local government reform plan that bears his name is only partially implemented four years after being released to great fanfare and expectations of immediate change.

December 10, 2011 6:00 pm

EDITORIAL: Lake's case for a government overhaul

The Lake County Council's recent actions on employment issues were very revealing. The council acknowledged it has little to no control over individual officeholders' hiring practices, and the council urged the commissioners to join the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission.

December 04, 2011 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Reforming government from within, without

DOUG ROSS: Reforming government from within, without

Joe Kernan is both a former and a reformer. He's an ex-governor and was co-chairman of the Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform. He hasn't given up the fight.

October 18, 2011 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Even the odds for municipal elections

DOUG ROSS: Even the odds for municipal elections

If you don't live in a city or town, with very few exceptions, you can't vote this year. Go back to sleep -- and dream of the Kernan-Shepard reforms coming true.

October 11, 2011 12:00 am Related
EDITORIAL: Take library merger plans off shelf

EDITORIAL: Take library merger plans off shelf

If ever there were a sign that public libraries are in trouble, it is the decision in both Hammond and Gary to close library branches to save money.

October 03, 2011 12:00 am Related
EDITORIAL: A textbook opportunity for government reform

EDITORIAL: A textbook opportunity for government reform

Once again, Lake County Councilwoman Christine Cid has voiced her opinion on an issue affecting county employees -- including herself. This time it's about employee compensation.

September 04, 2011 12:00 am Related
EDITORIAL: Go for real government reform, not half measures

EDITORIAL: Go for real government reform, not half measures

Griffith's efforts to withdraw from Calumet Township because of its high costs should be instructive not just for Griffith's plight but for local government reform efforts in Indiana.

August 14, 2011 12:00 am Related
BRIAN HOWEY: White's credibility isn't intact

BRIAN HOWEY: White's credibility isn't intact

Our Secretary of Hack, Charlie White, emerged "triumphantly" from an Indiana Recount Commission last week which voted 3-0 to let him keep his job — at least for now.

July 03, 2011 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: Legislators, look at Blumenberg example

EDITORIAL: Legislators, look at Blumenberg example

Nothing says as much about Indiana's crazy property tax assessment process as former Calumet Township Assessor appealing the assessment on his own home -- when the work was done by his own employees.

February 04, 2011 12:00 am Related
DOUG ROSS: Estate planning for death of a township

DOUG ROSS: Estate planning for death of a township

On Wednesday, I watched while Cass Township officials began making funeral arrangements for the township government.

January 21, 2011 12:00 am Related
The birth of a school district

The birth of a school district

Cass Township is unique in Northwest Indiana. Nowhere else does the township government still run the school. Not only that, but Wanatah School is K-8. High school students must leave the township to find a high school that will accept them.

January 18, 2011 5:42 pm Related
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