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Let’s Talk Taxes & Fees

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

When I drove to Chicago over the long holiday weekend with my brother, we were worried about how much the increase in the state gas tax was going to cost us. He drove, and I paid for gas, so I  carefully monitored how much gas we put in the car for the trip.   His car […]

One Answer to the $240,000 Question

Monday, June 26th, 2017

This may sound odd, but from a legal perspective, the fact the Jennifer Messer, wife of likely U.S. Senate candidate Luke Messer made $240,000 from the Town of Fishers as a contractual attorney working an average of 26.5 hours a week is not a big deal; from a legal perspective. Jennifer is a contractual attorney […]

Murder by the Numbers

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

So far this year, the city of Indianapolis is averaging a murder every three days. Criminal homicide statistics provided by IMPD show 55 murders between January 1 and June 11. And as in years past,  most of the victims and suspects had criminal records. Of the 55 murder victims, local adult criminal histories were found […]

Five Quick Fixes for Indiana’s Alcohol Laws

Monday, June 5th, 2017

With a new poll out showing a majority of Hoosiers support Sunday sales and being able to buy cold beer at grocery and convenience stores, here are five quick things Indiana lawmakers can do to put some sanity back in the state’s alcohol laws. Let Hoosiers buy alcohol on Sundays at grocery and convenience stores. […]

Working Instead of Whining

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

I love it when people tell me that “there are no jobs out there”.  And even though I point to Indiana’s 4.1 percent unemployment rate and 64.4 percent worker participation rate, they still tell me that they can’t find a job because they’re black, have a criminal record or are an older person.  The excuses […]

When Governments Get Left Behind

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

If there is one thing I’m learning coming out of this session at the Indiana Statehouse, is despite making a lot of progress on the fiscal and economic fronts, state government still has a long way to go to catch with the 21st century when it comes to understanding technology and consumers. What exactly do […]

The Road to Compromise

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

There are now two distinct plans circulating through the Statehouse with regards to road funding.  Both House and Senate Republicans have put forth proposals on how to pay for Indiana’s infrastructure, long-term. The House plan includes a 10-cent increase in the gas tax, shifting the entire sales tax on gasoline to road funding, and increasing […]

Let’s Level the Liquor Playing Field

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Indiana’s alcohol laws will drive you to drink. We all know how ridiculous it is that you can’t buy alcohol on Sunday or cold beer at a grocery store or gas station (make that most gas stations).  But did you know in a liquor store you can’t sell cold soda or bottled still water, but […]

Hey Indiana Lawmakers, Thanks for Nothing!!!

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Two years ago Indiana was in the middle of a level five political hurricane called RFRA.  A few years before that Democrats and Republicans deadlocked over “right to work, ” and Democrats fled to Champaign, IL bringing the government to a halt.  And just last year we were all pondering whether then Governor Mike Pence […]

A Toll Instead of a Tax

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

As Indiana lawmakers enter the second half of the 2017 session, the big focus will continue to be on roads and infrastructure and how do we pay for them.    Indiana has $1 billion in annual road needs and needs a long-term plan to make it happen.   House Republicans get major kudos for have the courage […]