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Hoosiers want legislators to focus on job creation

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A survey released Thursday by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University shows that 81 percent of residents want job creation to be the main priority for the Indiana General Assembly in 2013. This is the third straight year that Hoosiers said jobs are the No. 1 priority.

Residents also said that improving schools, making health care more affordable, and protecting the environment are top priorities. The number of Hoosiers citing reducing illegal immigration as a top priority dropped this year nine percentage points to 36 percent.

The survey says residents are evenly split regarding their opinion on legalizing same sex marriage, with 55 percent supporting same sex civil unions. Nearly 40 percent support the constitutional ban.

A push in the Legislature to decriminalize marijuana would be supported by 53 percent of survey respondents. Those Hoosiers think small amounts of the drug should be a civil offense. Support for decriminalizing is highest among 18-24 year olds, those who make more than $100,000, and those with higher levels of education completed.

The survey was conducted for WISH-TV and the Bowen Center for Public Affairs in November by Princeton Research Associates International. 602 Hoosier adults were surveyed by landline and cell phone, with a sampling error of plus/minus 4.5 percent.

 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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