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The men and women of the U.S. military make huge sacrifices to protect our freedoms. To make sure we never forget that fact, Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month.
Recently, The Times Editorial Board came out in opposition to House Bill 1143, which is more commonly known as the “no more stringent than” environmental bill. This proposed legislation would prohibit the Indiana Environmental Rules Board from adopting a rule or standard that is more stringe…
Later this month, “Organization Day,” the ceremonial start to the 2014 legislative session, will take place. No bills are introduced and no votes are cast until January, but legislators have been working all summer studying a range of issues affecting Indiana residents.
Bordering Lake Michigan, Northwest Indiana is blessed with abundant water resources. Water accessibility promotes community health, stability and economic development. Unfortunately, not all parts of Indiana have this vital resource at their fingertips.
In Indiana, our system of government is comprised of three branches — an executive branch, a judicial branch and a part-time legislature. For taxpayers, this means less money is spent on legislators’ salaries and staff, while more money is spent on essential government services. For lawmaker…
Back in December we invited NWI legislators from the House and the Senate to share their thoughts about the upcoming legislative session, here is what they said.
A legislative session that could have been a disaster turned out to be historic, thanks in part to an Indiana Senate that stayed on the job and focused on pro–job, pro–growth policies.
Summer in Indiana is the growing season for state senators. Throughout the long summer months when the legislature is not in session full time, lawmakers are gathering seeds in the form of new legislative ideas and working to cultivate those seeds into effective policies benefitting Hoosiers.
Each session of the Indiana General Assembly has a personality of its own; it's simply never the same. The 2011 session was no different and can be, in fact, considered one for the history books.
A record number of Americans will be eligible to retire next year, putting an unprecedented amount of stress on our nation's health-care system and challenging many social service programs, businesses and units of government. Whether or not these "golden years" are tarnished by out-of-contro…
Health care in many different forms is being discussed in the Statehouse this legislative session.
I love Thanksgiving Day. While I thank God every day for his many blessings, Thanksgiving is a day, to stop, reflect and offer a special prayer of gratitude. This year the day took on some added meaning because of two recent experiences.
It's time to stop pointing fingers and blaming others for the current property tax mess. It took years to get us to this point and there is certainly plenty of blame to go around. As the search for a solution continues, it's clear that it will take a collaborative approach to find the ultima…
Over the last year I have gained an understanding of and appreciation for some of the realities of operating a community hospital with two campuses, one in an inner city and the other in a more suburban setting. Here are a few:
In case you hadn't noticed, the election is over. Whether your candidates won or lost, the best news might be simply that it's over.
The Compact with Voters of Lake County is a common-sense next step in our ongoing efforts to improve the delivery of government services in Northwest Indiana.
Five years ago this month, a study, "Transforming the Economy of Northwest Indiana," was released. The study emphasized the fact that Northwest Indiana was seemingly incapable of working together; unable to think and act as an interdependent economic unit.
Imagine if someone were to tell you that your local government had the opportunity to conduct a cost-free, independent evaluation of their operations that would result in more efficient, higher-quality services and lower taxes.
Employment statistics over the last 20 years provide some unusual advice for economic development gurus: if you want to win big, you have to think small, at least when it comes to job creation.
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