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Porter County Government

Porter County's self-funded insurance may survive cost cutting

Porter County's self-funded insurance may survive cost cutting

VALPARAISO | It looks as though Porter County government may not be doing away with its self-funded employee health insurance plan as part of ongoing efforts to ease escalating costs.

October 22, 2014 12:45 pm Photos

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DOUG ROSS: Have you noticed the environment is cleaner?

DOUG ROSS: Have you noticed the environment is cleaner?

Back in 1980, I remember working for an entrepreneur who actually canned air in Gary in the 1970s. Needless to say, no one bought it.

September 28, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Public deserves access to HR report

DOUG ROSS: Public deserves access to HR report

Can you imagine paying an expert nearly $25,000 for advice and then not being able to see what that advice is? You'd be furious, right?

September 20, 2014 12:00 am

County HR proposal already in jeopardy

VALPARAISO | A Porter County Board of Commissioners plan to hire a human resources director and assistant to address concerns involving employees faces an uphill battle when county budget hearings begin this week.

September 06, 2014 6:00 pm

Porter County employee stockpiling sick days

VALPARAISO | Participating Porter County government employees have stashed away 2,164 sick days as of Friday that they are eligible to draw from once they have used all their other paid-time-off, according to figures requested from the auditor's office.

August 30, 2014 9:00 pm
EDITORIAL: Chesterton joins ethics movement

EDITORIAL: Chesterton joins ethics movement

Chesterton is the first Porter County municipality to join the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission. Others should quickly follow suit.

June 23, 2014 12:00 am

Traffic issues threatening to close U.S. 6 Walgreens

PORTAGE | Sales at the Walgreens on U.S. 6 and Willowcreek Road have continually declined to the point the store may have to close.

June 05, 2014 12:47 pm

EDITORIAL: Cut Porter's budget, but be judicious

Porter County government department heads are being told to cut their 2015 budgets by 10 percent. That looks good for the politicians, but it doesn't address the fact that some government functions are already more lean than others, nor that some are more vital than others.

June 04, 2014 12:00 am

FBI taps into Porter County computers

VALPARAISO | FBI agents downloaded computer information Monday as part of their ongoing investigation into county government.

March 24, 2014 5:25 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Pandering to workers doesn't help taxpayers

GUEST COMMENTARY: Pandering to workers doesn't help taxpayers

I was surprised by Porter County Commissioner John Evans’ assertion that running Porter County Government efficiently is somehow unfair — or worse, inconsiderate of our county employees.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am

FBI pulls hospital construction records from Porter Co. government offices

VALPARAISO | The FBI has resumed its investigation into Porter County government, this time targeting records involving the construction of Porter Regional Hospital.

March 10, 2014 4:07 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: County workers shouldn't be political pawns

GUEST COMMENTARY: County workers shouldn't be political pawns

After a few days out of town, I spent a few hours reviewing recent news articles and editorials. I find it necessary to spend a few minutes to address the continuing assault on our county employees by some individuals for no other reason than to score political points as they face re-election.

March 07, 2014 1:00 am
MARC CHASE: Porter County windfall requires compromise

MARC CHASE: Porter County windfall requires compromise

For most people slogging along an economic landscape wrought with tar pits, a healthy cash windfall would be welcomed with cheers, not apprehension.

February 04, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Porter County Council must act on jobs, finances

GUEST COMMENTARY: Porter County Council must act on jobs, finances

A new year brings new opportunities for Porter County government to get our budget challenges under control — if the County Council will act.

January 24, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Celebrate report's birthday by blowing off dust

DOUG ROSS: Celebrate report's birthday by blowing off dust

If the much-ballyhooed Porter County Jobs Cabinet report had a soundtrack, it most likely would include "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas. Just change the lyrics to "Dust on the Shelf."

December 20, 2013 12:00 am Related

Porter County employees to get 14 paid holidays in 2014

VALPARAISO | Porter County government employees will receive 14 paid holidays next year, including days off for the primary and general elections.

November 20, 2013 1:00 pm

EDITORIAL: Porter County officials, start talking

The Porter County Council agreed last week to spend $1.1 million in interest from the county's nest egg to fund equipment and software upgrades for the E-911 system. That's understandable.

September 03, 2013 12:00 am

Porter County going live with new website July 3

VALPARAISO | Porter County government is looking to go live July 3 with a new website designed for the average person, who is uncertain where to find help with needs ranging from a marriage license to zoning questions.

June 29, 2013 2:56 pm

While county sees increase in fuel use, others see drops

While Porter County officials blamed rising fuel prices for the need to come up with an additional $250,000 last year, the larger communities in the county were able to live within their budgets.

January 06, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Local government efficiency merits praise

The financial straits facing local government are paying off, in some cases, by driving innovation and bringing about greater efficiency. Porter County is one of those places.

July 23, 2012 12:00 am
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