PPI study examines two-decade transformation of downtown Carmel

CARMEL – A comprehensive analysis by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute shows how two decades of public investment into Carmel’s central core has impacted the city and its taxpayers. The benefits by the numbers are detailed in the PPI report, showing more private investment, more jobs, less vacant land, more employed persons, and more taxable… Read more »

Indiana faces up to $8.5 billion funding gap for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure

The 20-year statewide funding gap for Indiana wastewater and drinking water infrastructure is estimated to be between $6.5 billion and $8.5 billion, according to a new study by the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. Between 2005 and 2014, local governments invested approximately $4.5 billion in combined wastewater and drinking water infrastructure. If spending levels… Read more »

IU Public Policy Institute study outlines program needs for growing Indiana Latino population

By Rachel Thelin and Dona Sapp, senior policy analysts September marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, and as community leaders around the state come together to recognize and celebrate the many economic, social, and cultural contributions of Indiana’s growing Latino population, they must also recognize challenges facing Indiana Latinos in a number of areas,… Read more »

SPEA research shows privacy rights violations by fusion centers are the exception, not the rule

Concerns that law enforcement fusion centers are violating individuals’ privacy rights as they gather intelligence on terrorism, criminal, and other public safety threats are the exception and certainly not the rule, according to a study published in the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. The paper, “Law Enforcement Fusion Centers: Cultivating an Information Sharing Environment… Read more »