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Archive for March, 2009

The More I C.I.B.

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Expect a comprehensive statewide proposal to  be this Thursday regarding the Capital Improvement Board and its $35 million operational deficit. Lawmakers are being tight lipped, but the proposal will be included in HB 1604 which created a similar like Capital Improvement Board in Ft. Wayne.  Senator Luke Kenley says the proposal will not only address […]

Moving Day

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

We are making some changes to Indiana Barrister.  You guys have been so great about visiting that we’ve outgrown our current host.   Tomorrow we will be transferring to a new server so we can have more bandwidth.  This may cause some problems for you trying to read or post to the blog, but they […]

Suddenly, I C.I.B.

Monday, March 30th, 2009

I spent a good chunk of the day trying to get a feel on what Indiana lawmakers will unveil on Thursday with respect to the Capital Improvement Board and its multi-million dollar operations deficit.  Here’s what I’ve been able to gather so far. There are a mix of options on the table, however user fees […]

If You Can’t Beat Them…

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Advance Indiana is demanding I disclose the details of some annoying e-mail I received regarding how I should cover future taxpayer revolts. I took me about a micro-second to figure out how to deal with this.  Ignore it. I mean if I’m a such a fraud and charlatan, then why would Advance Indiana spend so […]

Was That a Threat or a Promise?

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

There’s nothing like getting back into town after a weekend of comedy, cigars and good alcohol only to find threatening e-mail waiting for me. I won’t go into details, but needless to say the person told me that I am in the middle of the “Taxpayers’ Revolt” regarding the “elites vs the common people” and […]

Friday Stuff

Friday, March 27th, 2009

We had some technical issues yesterday, but the blog is back up and running. Here’s the latest news. Indiana’s unemployment rate creeped up to 9.4 percent, up from 9.3 percent.  The scary part of the figure is that 58 of 92 counties have unemployment rates of 10 percent or higher. Expect a bill next week, […]

Pacers CEO: “Everything Is on the Table”

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Indiana Pacers Chief Executive Office Jim Morris says that everything is on the table in order to reach a fair and equitable settlement with the city, state and Capital Improvement Board over the operational costs of Conseco Fieldhouse. Morris made his comments today at a news conference outlining a new health initiative in Indiana. The […]

Did You Hear the People Sing?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

The Children of the Revolution had their Statehouse protest today.  About 200-250 people showed up, but there were only about 100 or so left when it ended. They touched on everything from property taxes, to the CIB, to lobbying reform.  At times it was hard to follow where it all was going.  For the next rally, I’d try […]

School Daze

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

If you’ve ever wondered how your school district compares to others on ISTEP, graduation rates, attendance, etc  click here.   It’s a link to the Indiana Department of Education’s website.  It has a lot of really good data attached with it on public, private and charter schools. Enjoy.  

Night Notes

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

I’m preparing for my interview with Dr. Eugene White regarding IPS so I want to make this quick. The Indiana State Senate moved forward today with fixing the state’s unemployment insurance fund problems. The Indiana House moved forward today with property tax “reform” and giving Superintendent Tony Bennett unnecessary grief. The Perry Township board tonight […]