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Local Government Reform

DOUG ROSS: What would Unigov mean for Lake County?

DOUG ROSS: What would Unigov mean for Lake County?

Lake County has more municipalities, libraries, school districts and other units of local government than you can shake a stick at — and don't tell me you haven't been tempted.

April 11, 2014 12:00 am Video Related

Portage's University Center to be 're-missioned'

PORTAGE | The University Center will soon no longer be the University Center.

April 05, 2014 7:58 pm

EDITORIAL: Budget cuts should lead to restructuring

Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski eliminated one-fourth of his staff to meet his office's share of the burden for getting the county's budget balanced. That's a severe cut.

February 11, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Good government would take major overhaul

RICH JAMES: Good government would take major overhaul

What if Hammond had three mayors? Or Valparaiso? Or Crown Point?

May 08, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Legislature must focus on unfinished work

On two issues -- sentencing reform and local government reform -- the Indiana General Assembly took a step in the right direction this year, but not far enough.

May 01, 2013 12:00 am

Pence backs study of county government reforms

INDIANAPOLIS | State lawmakers are expected to study the structure of Indiana county government this summer with an eye toward establishing a single county executive.

April 28, 2013 1:03 am Related

EDITORIAL: Calumet Twp. is poster child for reform

Most of Indiana's 1,008 townships have such small budgets and low visibility that many people don't even know what township they live in, much less what the township government's responsibilities are. And then there are statistical outliers like Lake County's Calumet Township.

January 13, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Northwest Indiana's legislative agenda for 2013

As the Indiana General Assembly begins its session on Monday, Northwest Indiana's residents — and, of course, their legislative delegation — should push for this agenda:

January 06, 2013 12:00 am Related
Statehouse interest in local government reform fading

Statehouse interest in local government reform fading

INDIANAPOLIS | The effort to reform local government in Indiana, prompted in part by a 2007 bipartisan report that recommended eliminating townships and making other changes, appears headed for the dustbin of history.

December 02, 2012 12:00 am Related

Ind. Chamber of Commerce skeptical of Pence's tax cut plan

INDIANAPOLIS | The state's most powerful business organization on Monday added its voice to the chorus of legislative leaders skeptical that Indiana can afford the 10 percent income tax cut proposed by Republican Gov.-elect Mike Pence.

November 19, 2012 12:51 pm
Gregg pummels Pence in lively final debate

Gregg pummels Pence in lively final debate

FORT WAYNE | With a new poll showing his lead in the race for Indiana governor diminishing, Republican Mike Pence strayed from his well-rehearsed script Thursday and finally engaged Democrat John Gregg during their final debate.

October 25, 2012 8:00 pm Related
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

Former county jail to house restaurant, home decor store

VALPARAISO | After a couple of false starts, the former Porter County Jail in downtown Valparaiso appears ready to become a restaurant and home decor center by the end of the year.

June 13, 2012 8:15 pm
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

Daniels signs bans on local government conflicts of interest, nepotism

INDIANAPOLIS | Starting next year local government employees will no longer be permitted to serve as elected officials of the governments they work for.

March 19, 2012 6:00 pm
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

EDITORIAL: Missed opportunities; missing Democrats

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' final State of the State address was full of concern for the Hoosier Holy Land but absent any mention of Northwest Indiana and the other corners of the state. Hey, don't forget us!

January 11, 2012 12:00 am
Once more unto the breach

Once more unto the breach

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mitch Daniels is poised to finish his second and final term as governor this year with a budget surplus, an unparalleled record of reform and achievements Hoosiers will celebrate for decades to come.

January 08, 2012 12:00 am
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