Morton Marcus

Guest Writer Local Economy

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Can data and statisics help politicians make wiser decisions?

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The big question is: What will we learn from this world-wide catastrophe? Can we use these days of enforced idleness as a foundation for improving our lives, not just returning to what was, but developing what should be?

We open with a report from the cheery folks at the Tax Foundation who discovered, in the depths of data from the Bureau of the Census, federal aid was 38 percent of Indiana’s total state general revenue in FY 2017 (the most recent year of data available).  The national figure was a mere 23 percent. Indiana ranks tenth highest among the 50 states in reliance on federal funding.

Are you distressed by the burdens borne by your state representative and state senator? They slave away meeting, debating, and cajoling armies…

Ever buy hamburger? You pay more for less fat and more beef. I think of that whenever I hear about the blatant incompetence and arrogant ignor…

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