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Larry Deboer

LARRY DeBOER: States and the cost of living

LARRY DeBOER: States and the cost of living

Indiana's income per person ranks 39th among the states. Many people respond, "Yes, but isn't our cost of living lower? Doesn't a dollar in Indiana buy more than a dollar in New York or California?" Unfortunately, data comparing the cost of living among the states couldn't be had — at least …

October 19, 2014 12:00 am
LARRY DeBOER: Economic indicators on new orbits

LARRY DeBOER: Economic indicators on new orbits

A calendar is a marvelous tool for prediction. My calendar says there will be a full moon Sept. 9 and no moon Sept. 24. Astronomers have figured out the orbit of the moon so precisely that they can predict its phases years, decades and centuries in advance. And it's printed on your calendar.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am
LARRY DeBOER: Has Indiana's tax burden increased?

LARRY DeBOER: Has Indiana's tax burden increased?

The headline read, “Hoosiers’ taxes rise as income goes down.” The story told of the Tax Foundation’s finding that Indiana taxes had increased from 8.4 percent of income in 2001 to 9.5 percent of income in 2011. Like many, I thought, “You've got to be kidding!”

April 30, 2014 12:00 am
LARRY DeBOER: What new business tax commission might study

LARRY DeBOER: What new business tax commission might study

Senate Bill 1 creates a commission on business personal property and business taxation, which will include legislators, appointees of the governor and business and local government representatives, among others.

April 04, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Business tax break could dunk Lake taxpayers

DOUG ROSS: Business tax break could dunk Lake taxpayers

If you're worried about footing the bill for eliminating the personal property tax for businesses, your misery has company.

February 07, 2014 12:00 am Related
LARRY DeBOER: The assessor is coming to town

LARRY DeBOER: The assessor is coming to town

The holidays are here, and that means we get to watch the great holiday movie, "A Christmas Story." Then we get to watch it again. And again.

December 24, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Hoosier homeowners' property tax bills in 2013

GUEST COMMENTARY: Hoosier homeowners' property tax bills in 2013

We've got most of the property tax numbers for 2013 now. Let's look at what happened to homeowner tax bills.

October 26, 2013 12:00 am
LARRY DeBOER: Why is the unemployment rate falling so fast?

LARRY DeBOER: Why is the unemployment rate falling so fast?

Why is the unemployment rate falling so fast? What kind of stupid question is that?

August 24, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana's surplus shouldn't be our only priority

GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana's surplus shouldn't be our only priority

What kind of a state is Indiana? What sorts of goals should we have? How can we best use available resources? Are we satisfied with where we are or do we need to reach in other directions? Answers, of course, can differ.

August 18, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana's state budget recovers quickly with shrinking government

GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana's state budget recovers quickly with shrinking government

July 11 was one of the great days on the number-crunching calendar. It was Indiana's "close-out," the day the State Budget Agency wrapped up the numbers for the fiscal year. And there's no doubt, we're in good shape. We took in more revenue than we spent in fiscal 2013, and we've got nearly …

August 04, 2013 12:00 am
LARRY DeBOER: Crunching numbers on school referendums

LARRY DeBOER: Crunching numbers on school referendums

In the May election, Indiana school districts proposed seven tax and building referendums. Five passed.

July 02, 2013 12:00 am
LARRY DeBOER: Revenue forecast up, but still not soaring

LARRY DeBOER: Revenue forecast up, but still not soaring

On April 16, the Indiana General Assembly heard the long-awaited revenue forecast update. "Up" is the right word.

May 04, 2013 12:00 am
LARRY DeBOER: A conservative revenue forecast for Indiana

LARRY DeBOER: A conservative revenue forecast for Indiana

Starting today, the Indiana General Assembly will craft a budget for the state that covers state services from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2015, fiscal years 2014 and 2015.

January 08, 2013 12:00 am
LARRY DeBOER: Looking over the fiscal cliff

LARRY DeBOER: Looking over the fiscal cliff

Economics is not an experimental science. We can't say to Congress, "Honorable ladies and gentlemen, please drastically raise taxes and cut spending all at once so we can measure the effects on the economy of changes in the federal government's budget." This is not what elected officials do.

November 24, 2012 12:00 am
LARRY DeBOER: To stop property tax chaos, send in a form

LARRY DeBOER: To stop property tax chaos, send in a form

There's potential for chaos in Indiana local government in 2013. Indiana taxpayers can prevent this chaos. All we have to do is send in a form.

June 30, 2012 12:00 am
LARRY DeBOER: Soil productivity factors and farmland property taxes

LARRY DeBOER: Soil productivity factors and farmland property taxes

The assessed values of farmland for property taxes have been rising. Mostly this is because of increases in the "base rate" per acre of farmland. But now, another element of the assessment calculation, the "soil productivity factors," might rise as well.

March 31, 2012 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Behind the numbers of six unemployment rates

GUEST COMMENTARY: Behind the numbers of six unemployment rates

Each month the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics releases new data on the unemployment rate. January numbers were released on Feb. 3; excitement ensued. The unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a point, to 8.3 percent. That's down from 9 percent in September. Perhaps the recovery is fina…

February 25, 2012 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Valpo must take immediate action

I have attended the last two board meetings held by the Valparaiso Community School Board. As a parent of two children who attend Valparaiso schools, as a former Valparaiso administrator, and as a current school superintendent, I feel there has been way too much finger-pointing and too littl…

February 02, 2012 12:00 am
LARRY DeBOER: A gateway to Indiana local government

LARRY DeBOER: A gateway to Indiana local government

Just in time for Christmas, or the holiday of your choice, Indiana's Department of Local Government Finance has released its new Gateway data site. It contains a virtual ton of budget and tax information about counties, cities, towns and other local governments. You can see it at https://gat…

December 03, 2011 12:00 am
LARRY DeBOER: Europe is caught in-between

LARRY DeBOER: Europe is caught in-between

The biggest threat to our economy these days comes from Europe. The Greek government borrowed a lot of money that it cannot repay. If Greece defaults the resulting financial crisis could plunge the world back into recession.

November 05, 2011 12:00 am
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