These two lessons have potentially enormous implications for the future of Indiana local government. We must think them through carefully, but I think a few issues are clear. The much better state and local tax burdens we have since 2007 are not the end to grassroots efforts to improve the value of state and local government. Anti-tax zeal will (hopefully) be replaced with the far more difficult effort of holding state and local leaders accountable for value in public goods and services.
This is critical because the gravest challenges to prosperity in many Indiana communities are not high taxes, but low-quality public services.
Michael J. Hicks, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Business and Economic Research and a professor of economics at Ball State University.