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Morton Marcus

Changing the way business is conducted in Gary

Changing the way business is conducted in Gary

GARY | Bringing companies with high-paying jobs to Gary will take the restoration of the city’s image as a good place to do business where the payment of fees or favors to officials isn’t necessary.

August 11, 2014 1:58 pm

Cures for our ills revealed

Goober Goodenough is a longtime member of the Indiana General Assembly. You probably know the roadside signs he puts up before every election: “Goober is Goodenough for Indiana.”

August 10, 2014 12:00 am

Morton Marcus to talk with Gary chamber

GARY | A well-known economist who's known for his humor will address the Gary Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 11.

July 31, 2014 10:00 am

Ideology battle continues over public, private control

Who should be in charge? Governments or private entities? If government, should it be the feds, states, or locals? What level of government, if any, should control transportation, education, health care, libraries, and almost anything else you can imagine?

March 30, 2014 12:00 am
Manufacturing a future: Region's economy has been evolving

Manufacturing a future: Region's economy has been evolving

Northwest Indiana was forged largely on steel, and its lunch-pail identity is welded to the metal made in the blaze of the mills that loom over the lakeshore. But today's new jobs are more likely to be found in suburban business parks and health care facilities.

March 22, 2014 8:15 pm Photos


Chicago metro leads nation in major business investments

Chicago metro leads nation in major business investments

Businesses are choosing to invest in the Chicago metro area more than anywhere else in the United States.

March 16, 2014 5:30 am Photos


Economist gives tepid outlook for 2014

Economist gives tepid outlook for 2014

CROWN POINT | With his often sarcastic and witty speaking style, retired economist Morton J. Marcus on Friday criticized Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed plan to eliminate the state's personal property tax, which is levied on business equipment.

January 24, 2014 1:22 pm Photos


Times columnist to give 2014 economic outlook

A retired economist will give an economic outlook for 2014 at First Financial Bank's quarterly Morning Business Hour from 8 to 9 a.m. Jan. 24 at the bank’s Crown Point Broadway location at 11890 Broadway.

January 06, 2014 12:47 pm

How do you want to pay for our roads?

It’s coming, not tomorrow, but soon. You and I will be asked by our federal and state representatives how the nation and Indiana should pay for the roads we drive.

October 27, 2013 12:00 am

Marcus shows his disdain for free market system

Having prospered by a lifetime of feeding at the public trough, Morton Marcus shows his disdain for the free market system.

October 26, 2013 12:00 am

Best of the worst is not good enough

Are Hoosiers satisfied to be the best of the worst? Is mediocrity our highest level of aspiration? I like to believe the answer to those questions is NO, but I have my doubts.

September 15, 2013 12:00 am

Moving, again, sends shocks through the system

I did not expect it. Although as I look back, I now see I could have seen it coming. Like a hurricane, its path could be forecast although its timing and intensity were surprises.

August 18, 2013 12:00 am

Eye on the pie

This column is not intended to confuse you, but to share the difficulty of making flat statements about a complicated matter. Be patient and maybe together we can make sense out of what appears to be chaos.

June 16, 2013 12:00 am

If you must drink, it's cheaper to do it at home

The latest monthly Consumer Price Index offers a guide to life in the year ahead. Of course, as they say on Wall Street, past performance is not a guarantee of future conditions. Use caution in adjusting your life to the materials that follow.

December 30, 2012 12:00 am

IU parking lottery could raise lots of cash

Recently the Indianapolis Business Journal carried a front page story reporting a revolution in university life: “Indiana University is considering leasing its parking assets in Bloomington and Indianapolis.” This would be following the lead of The Ohio State University.

September 09, 2012 12:00 am

MORTON MARCUS: Eye on the pie

“Fred,” I said as my neighbor and I sat outdoors enjoying the unfamiliar cool temperatures, “Why have you never run for mayor?”

August 26, 2012 12:00 am

Marcus needs to step into the 21st century.

In a column by Morton Marcus, he advocates gun confiscation, and bemoans the fact that his comrades have lost heart and energy in that crusade. Doesn’t Marcus understand that his extremist pronouncements have been repeatedly rejected?

August 13, 2012 12:00 am

Marcus misses the mark again in column

In his Times column of July 29, Morton Marcus claimed that our Indiana living expenses are comparable to those in Illinois.

August 06, 2012 12:00 am

EYE ON THE PIE: Yes, Indiana is doing comparatively well

Last week the Bureau of Economic Analysis in the U.S. Department of Commerce released the latest state quarterly personal income data for the first quarter of this year. The timing could not have been better.

July 08, 2012 12:00 am

Marcus apparently believes big government is good

Your columns by Morton Marcus display a strong bias toward a big federal government and disdain for elected officials who attempt to reign in excessive spending, to wit: On June 10, he claimed that private enterprise needs housing information and the bloated federal government should continu…

June 17, 2012 11:00 pm
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