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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2005, we witnessed the extraordinary powers of a governor willing to use his political capital.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Wednesday, I watched while Cass Township officials began making funeral arrangements for the township government.
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.
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