Look at legal immigration
There was an interesting juxtaposition of national and local stories last week.
In Washington, President Trump proposed to institute a merit-based immigration system. Applicants would receive a higher score if they “speak English,” can financially support themselves and have skills that “can contribute to our economy.”
And in Fort Wayne, Third District U.S. Rep. Jim Banks noted the job-filling needs of area companies: “More and more businesses I've spoken to are relying on immigrant labor to fill jobs that they can't fill otherwise. That is one reason why we need to address the gap where we can make legal immigration more available and at the same time address illegal immigration issues.”
Clear look at regulatory state
Most of the time, it's difficult to see the damage done to the economy by excessive and onerous government regulations. It is necessary to speculate about what “might have been” in the absence of the government interference, but that's always an iffy proposition.
So we suppose a word of thanks is due the Indiana General Assembly for giving us a clearer picture of the pernicious regulatory state.
By enacting legislation that seem almost designed to cripple the nascent vaping industry, then being intimidated by common sense into rescinding it, the Legislature has given us a crystal clear contrast of a market economy shackled and a market economy unleashed.
Making our children safer
A new law has gone into effect in Indiana that should make children here a little safer.
Passed earlier this year, it requires teachers to report suspected abuse or neglect directly to the Indiana Department of Child Services or police instead of informing a school administrator first.
The good news is that legislators acted decisively to make sure the appropriate people know about potential danger to children as soon as possible.
The bad news is that there wouldn't need to be a law if there had not been a problem — school administrators who sat on abuse or neglect suspicions too long before reporting them.
President Trump is proposing an ambitious and controversial building plan that would spend $1 trillion to rehabilitate America's infrastructure.
The controversy comes from intended public-private partnership plans (so-called P3's) of the type Indiana has been in the forefront of. As the proposal moves forward, notes the International Business Journal, “Indiana's experience with infrastructure privatization has become a political Rorschach test. Mike Pence and his allies are extolling Indiana's record of selling control of major roads to private firms as an ideal model, arguing that such public-private partnerships prompted corporations to invest money in Indiana infrastructure that taxpayers would otherwise have had to sponsor.”
Here is some real collusion
While much of Washington hyperventilates over the fairy tale intrigue of “collusion” between the Russians and members of the Donald Trump campaign to “tamper” with the presidential election, real vote manipulation is going on every day. It's called politics as usual.
The Indianapolis Star documents a nice case of the Indiana version of such ballot box hijinks. Republican officials have expanded early voting in GOP-dominated areas of Central Indiana and restricted it in Democratic areas, prompting a significant change in Central Indiana voting. From 2008 to 2016, GOP officials expanded early voting stations in Republican dominated Hamilton County and decreased them in the state's biggest Democratic hotbed, Marion County.