Northwest Indiana Committee For Better Government
When the Dyer Town Council votes on a 17 percent increase in police pension benefits, how will Councilman Joe Cinko vote? Or will he vote at all?
Those of us who are lucky enough to still have our mothers should ponder the question, "What if Social Security did not exist? How would Mother get by if not for Social Security?"
House Bill 1005 is local government reform everybody and his uncle should love — or maybe not. This is the long-awaited anti-nepotism legislation the Indiana General Assembly finally passed this year.
Indiana received high marks Wednesday for state government transparency from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, but that's not the only good news. Transparency will be improved further because of state legislation approved this year to add penalties to the state's public access laws.
The Northwest Indiana Committee for Better Government is on the right track in choosing three bills that should become law in this legislative session. The narrow focus on achievable reforms should help the group succeed in its quest for improvement in local government.
Lake County is joining the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission. This is surely a sign of political climate change.
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