According to the Census Bureau, Indiana is falling behind the rest of the nation in medium income.
In the five years since the mortgage bubble burst, Wall Street went into meltdown and the taxpayers from Main Street bailed the 1 percenters out, I survey friends and family who, in 2007 were quite doing well. And today, most of them struggle.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's creation of a new state jobs agency left Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz complaining she wasn't consulted, even though education is a vital aspect of the new agency's mission.
According to a recent study by Ball State University researchers, Indiana's average personal income lags more than a decade behind the income levels enjoyed by the rest of the nation. Indiana's average per-capita income is equal to the national level in 1996.
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.
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