Michael Hicks: Libertarians going crazy

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Faithful readers of this column will surely know that I possess some deep libertarian tendencies.

Michael Hicks: Post-high school education is path to middle-class life

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I’ve been married now for a bit more than half of my life. One thing I’ve learned is that when my wife says I’m explaining something poorly, she’s probably right. Last week she suggested I do a better job of explaining what I mean about the rising demand for college-educated workers, and what it means for students, parents and state policymakers.

Niki Kelly: My Christmas wish list for Indiana

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Dear Santa,

Michael Hicks: Manufacturing matters, but not for creating jobs

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We are coming up on election season quickly, so it is again time to evaluate claims about economic policy. This isn’t a partisan process; candidates across the board tend to make claims that might trouble a close observer of the economy. I will focus on claims that might plausibly lead to counterproductive policies. I begin with the many claims about manufacturing, and its role in our economy.

Niki Kelly: Banks gives credibility to Senate opponent with attacks

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The venom in the U.S. Senate primary has been surprising, especially this early. But the bigger factor is that a sitting GOP congressman has focused so intently on an opponent who might not even be on the ballot.

Brian Howey: Anne Hathaway chips away at Hoosier gender barriers

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Indiana became a state 207 years ago. All of our governors and U.S. senators have been white guys. So have all our House speakers, Senate presidents, House Ways & Means and Senate Finance and Appropriation committee chairs.

Editorial: Clear path needed on marijuana issue

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(Jeffersonville) News and Tribune

Michael Hicks: Are we in a period of new union activism?

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The United Auto Workers strike against the big three domestic automakers has some economists arguing we are entering a new wave of labor union activism.

Bud Herron: Cherishing memories that linger, thankfully

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Thanksgiving once meant a day at my Grandma Hamner’s house on Elm Street in Hope.

Michael Hicks: Economic perceptions driven by differences in prosperity

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As a youngster, I recall asking my father what was the difference between a recession and a depression.