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Not only is variety the spice of life, but it also holds a lot of value for small businesses. Hiring a diverse workforce — a staff that’s inclusive of people from different cultures, capabilities, religions, ages, educational backgrounds, political affiliation, sexual orientation, and person…

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This area of the law reminds me of one of my favorite lines from the movie “Fletch.” While Fletch is impersonating a police officer (disclaimer: you should not do that), a teenager asks Fletch if he is going to jail for car theft. Fletch asks: “Why? Did you steal the car?” “I sure did,” says…

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We approach a full year since the start of the COVID recession. So, it is timely to assess where the recession has turned out differently than seemed likely at the start. Some of the developments are happy, while others are not.

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“This legacy is at risk,” wrote Campbell MacDonald, principal clarinetist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and chair of the Philharmonic Players’ Association, last week in a newspaper story. That legacy of the 77-year-old orchestra is now endangered by COVID and the resulting dispute between m…

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I noticed in a couple of recent news reports that Indiana has been made safe again for the bald eagle, which is a simple piece of good news worth celebrating in this era riven by an angry partisan divide and political revenge disguised as a plea for unity.

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The “normal” economy of 2019 is our launching pad for the post-pandemic world. We’ll be able to measure changes with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data on wages for 725 occupations in each of the 50 states.

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In retrospect, 2020 was a banner year for entrepreneurship. Due in part to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, more businesses are being launched than ever before. For example, the third quarter of 2020 saw the most applications for employer identification numbers since the g…

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I participated in a PBS TV show last week — three General Assembly watchers and a host doing our annual legislative preview session — and it was a little unsettling.

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There is a special place in my heart for journalists who write about economics. They accept the doubts as well as the dogmatism of economists. Take this passage from The Economist magazine (12/12/20) concerning the aftermath of the stimulus money put into the U.S. economy to counter the effe…

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The holidays are an indulgent time, so I spoil myself here with a bit of political economy. By way of background, I think it is now obvious that significant changes to our economy have wreaked havoc with our political coalitions. While this itself isn’t necessarily a bad development, it is s…

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This can be a frantic time between the holidays, hustling to complete projects before the end of the year, and planning for the coming year. And while this is a great time to review your HR policies and employee handbooks, that project often gets put on the back burner. So, with the vigor of…

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On a wall of the weight room in my gym at St. Joseph Medical Center downtown is a quote attributed to Mother Teresa that’s been sneaking up on me for the last few months. Many of you probably already know it:

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This is the final installment, for now, on Indiana townships. Today’s question is: Could Indiana organize existing township services differently to provide higher-quality benefits for residents and lower costs to taxpayers? Or should township governments be funded more generously with added …