According to thisstory in the Journal and Courier jobs in the service industry are expected to decline in the next quarter. Jobs in the durable manufacturing sector are a mixed bag, and the best prospects seem to be for nondurable manufacturing.
Good article from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on the truck seat belt and road fund formula entitled: Journal Gazette | 12/12/2004 | Truck-plate fight looms for seat belts
The two basic issues are that 1) for seatbelts, there are going to be folks who think their rights are being compromised by having a truck and being required to wear a seatbelt; and 2) the formula restructuring that would likely help rural counties at the expense of metropolitan counties. I don’t believe the article mentions that the proposed seatbelt law also requires backseat passengers to be belted in. As I understand it, the road fund is currently divided up by counting the number of passenger vehicles (but not pickup trucks or SUVs registered as trucks) and giving each county its pro rata share based on the ratio of its passenger vehicles to the total number of passenger vehicles. Throwing pickup trucks into the mix would help your county if more of the counties vehicles were pickups than in other counties.
I wasn’t much taken by the article’s reliance on “local resident Jason Eminger” for constitutional analysis. He says that he shouldn’t be told to wear a seatbelt because “if I hurt anybody, it’ll be myself.” That’d be fine logic if Mr. Eminger is heavily insured against personal injury. But, my guess is that if Mr. Eminger required 30 years of tube feeding and diaper changes, it’d be the Indiana taxpayers or his family who bore the heaviest burden, neither of whom Mr. Eminger would have consulted before “exercising his right” not to wear a seat belt. I’m generally a hardcore Bill of Rights sort of guy, but wearing a seat belt is too trivial a burden with too great a benefit for me to get worked up over.
Back on the subject of the road formula, the article notes that former Senator Borst headed up the Finance Committee and was from Indy so he generally sat on previous road formula change bills. I’m not sure who will head up the Senate Finance Committee.
Apparently two of my favorite Indiana legislators agree with my previous analysis of why Daylight Savings Time has had such a hard time passing in previous incarnations of the Indiana General Assembly.
Republican Senator Richard Bray and Democratic Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan (formerly Majority Leader in the Indiana House) basically agree that it’s failed before because of the geographic reality of Indiana’s situation. We’re at the extreme western edge of eastern time or the extreme eastern edge of central time.
(Just as an aside, both of these guys are really extraordinary public servants. I’ve had the opportunity to work with both of them (briefly) and they are both intelligent, deliberate, and approachable. One tendency I noticed while working for the legislature was for the legislators to get way too busy and not really seem to pause to consider what, exactly, they were legislating. Neither of these gentlemen succumbed to that tendency, at least not as far as I could see.)
Gov.-elect Mitch Daniels on Friday named a retired GTE executive and former chairman of the Indiana Sports Corp. to run the state’s Department of Administration. Earl Goode will run the department which is in charge of, among other things, procurement for the State.
So, we have:
You know, I just wish the Indianapolis business community had more influence in this administration.
Some data with regard to the Bill to put Indiana on Daylight Savings Time.
If we’re on Eastern Daylight Time (and Eastern Standard Time statewide during the winter), which is what the bill calls for, in places like Gary, Terre Haute, and Evansville, sunrise will come at about 8:15 a.m. at the end of December, and sunset will not occur until 9:30 p.m. at the end of June.
If, on the other hand, we switched to Central Daylight Time (and Central Standard Time statewide during the winter), then places in the east like Richmond and Lawrenceburg would have sunset at about 4:18 p.m. at the end of December and sunrise at 5:12 a.m. at the end of June.
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.”
My earlier suspicion about Representative Koch being from a district with freeloading DNR property is more or less confirmed. Part of his district is in Brown County which has the beautiful Brown County State Park.
If I read his bills correctly, he wants to drain off the tax dollars of the rest of the state’s tax payers to subsidize his area. I suppose that’s reasonable if the rest of the state somehow charges Brown County for all of its tourism income.
Introduced Version, House Bill 1039 Makes it a Class B misdemeanor for a prisoner or someone on probation or court ordered drug treatment plan to possess a device designed for or intended to defraud a drug screen.
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Introduced Version, House Bill 1038 Provides that a child who is a passenger in a vehicle operated by the child’s parent, guardian, or custodian while the parent, guardian, or custodian is intoxicated is: (1) a victim of child abuse or neglect; and (2) a child in need of services.
Requires OWI convicts to surrender plate & registration. Upon reinstatement, you get a license plate that identifies you as an OWI convict. Makes it easier for cops to hassle you. This one’s been kicking around for at least 7 years. Not necessarily a bad idea, though it has some troubling privacy aspects. I’d probably not want this to kick in until it was a second offense.