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Business Culture

Muncie Corruption Shines With MadJax Funding Request

By: Todd SmekensBlog – When I previously wrote about the financial problems at MadJax – a makers place, I suggested that the abandoned Ball State project now run by our corrupt mayor’s economic development office might eventually come back to local taxpayers for more money to finish the project. It didn’t take a month for […]

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Education Government

Muncie Community Schools: A Deeper Financial Analysis

By: Todd Smekens March 22, 2017 Muncie, Indiana – After my last article had focused on the poor financial condition of Muncie Community Schools, social media and even broadcast news opened up the floodgates of misinformation. Some city council members tried to prey on the misinformation and fears, but it backfired. Also, readers want to […]

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Business Government

Lessons from Carrier (United Technologies) Departing for Mexico

The Government Didn’t Ask Carrier to Leave; Nor Did The Government Give Carrier $5.1 million MUNCIE, Indiana NEWS – I like to give our local economic professors grief over their biased and co-opted opinions about why our economy behaves the way it does. They are distinguished professors, and neighbors, so their opinions have merit. However, […]

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Business Education

Ball State Claims, “No Teacher Shortage”

Muncie, Indiana – The Center for Media & Democracy, who investigates the American Legislative & Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Charles & David Koch corporate funded bill mill, said recently, be ready for Indiana Policy Review to spread propaganda refuting the teacher shortage in Indiana. It took less than a month before the Koch paid […]

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Government

Indiana Tax Reform: We Must Identify the Sellouts

(photo courtesy of mediamatters.com) With So Much at Stake, Hoosiers Must Be Vigilant With Tax Reform Muncie, Indiana – We expect more from our neighbor, Dr. Michael Hicks with Ball State’s College of Business and Economic Research, than laying down a bed of free market propaganda for Governor Mike Pence’s tax policy recommendations. Having access […]

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Education

School Consolidations: Who’s Next?

MUNCIE, IN – As the 2013 saga involving Muncie Community Schools is winding down, except for the Tea Parties always festive tradition of “beating the dead horse”, we are starting to get some clues about who might be next in Delaware County school consolidations. As Governor Mike Pence is learning, before you promise businesses that […]

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Culture

Free Markets and Good Choices Won’t Solve Poverty Issues

Poverty and Income Inequality Deserve Our Immediate Attention MUNCIE, Indiana – Without a doubt, my favorite economist from Ball State is Michael Hicks with Ball State’s CBER department. We agree on many issues even though we are on the opposite ends of the political spectrum. For instance, we both agree that Governor Mike Pence should […]

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Business

Income Inequality: A Free Market Economists Blind-Spot

MUNCIE, Indiana – The late economist Edgar Fiedler had a way of poking fun at economists and it’s always funnier when a professional is the one cracking jokes about his own profession. Two of my favorite quotes are: “He who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass.”; and “Ask five economists […]

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Business

Tuhey Pool is More Than Swimming

Tuhey Pool is More Than Swimming Tuhey Pool has been the sole community pool for decades, so you’d think with all the changes that have occurred in Muncie, that Tuhey would have lost its significance. Not even close. When an unfunded mandate came down from the federal government to upgrade the drains, and more repairs […]