“For those Hoosiers who want a large government, there are no easy ways to raise the money to finance it. There are no efficient ways to raise it, either. And of course, finding an equitable way to raise so much money is particularly difficult at least in the eyes of those being taxed.”
Schansberg went on to explain that property taxes were only a symptom of larger problems that it turns out were only deferred by the tax cap, all of them left unsolved and unalleviated.
Those problems, Schansberg noted, are the predictable rather than unintended consequence of “trying to fund large-scale government, and fund it through the activity of politicians, interest groups and a public that hasn't the time or energy to pay much attention to the inequities and inefficiencies of political behavior.”
And these were the most conservative of Indiana’s political players. That understood, careless tax policy may be only a symptom of Indiana’s troubles, the real problem being an excuse-prone leadership that places the interests of government over those of a citizenry.
Craig Ladwig is editor of The Indiana Policy Review.