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Indianapolis, IN

Prognosis: pricier health plans

I have to disagree there. I was in a traditional plan in my prior job and paid out almost $300 a month in premium plus the $1000 deductible and 80/20 co-pay and the tiered prescription copays. I am now in a high deductible plan with an HSA and my premiums are about $70 a month. Of course I have to pay a pretty high deductible ($2500) up front each year but can put money into the HSA each pay and at the end of the year I don't lose the money if I haven't spent it. It carries over to the next year. Of course, I use up my out of pocket deductible due to prescriptions each month but it's better than a lot of what's offered out there to smaller groups and the premiums are lower than most from what I see here. As I can't calculate my old copay costs quickly, I can say my costs will go down this year by over $1000 plus the copay costs saved and in the case of a surgery or hospitalization, after I meet my deductible - my costs are paid at 100% - no copays. It's sticker shock for those who have had low premiums, deductibles and copays in the past but is a cost effective way to save some money in my case. Would like to have dental and eyecare included in the plan but will take what I can get these days. More and more employers will be going to the large deductible/HSA plans in order to save costs to both themselves and their employees it seems.  (Jul 24, 2007 | post #77)

Indianapolis, IN

Council approves jump in income tax

I don't know why the Afro-Americans don't show up but the Hispanics (illegal ones which are the majority) won't show - they get paid under the table with no taxes taken out but get the benefit of all the social services, schooling, medical benefits so why would they protest? Oh, they aren't too keen on increased police/fire protection........ ;)  (Jul 24, 2007 | post #316)

Indianapolis, IN

Council approves jump in income tax

Your local income tax is based on the county you reside in - not the county you work in. So all of the out of towners who work in Indy won't pay a penny more unless their county politicians vote to raise their local income tax too but then - not a penny of that increase will go to Indy but stay in their counties.  (Jul 24, 2007 | post #315)

Indianapolis, IN

Council approves jump in income tax

But the arrests have already started increasing in anticipation of the increased monies that will be available. Yep, they arrested a 67 yr old man for firing bbs or pellets at some wild cats he couldn't keep out of his yard. See, increased taxes do show results real quick.... I hope you all understand I'm being totally facetious here.... ;)  (Jul 24, 2007 | post #314)

Indianapolis, IN

Mailman busted on crack-dealing charge

The USPS is not a government agency - it is totally separate from the US government and they'll be quick to tell you that - so none of your taxes go into their pockets - they are self sufficient with the postage bought. Their pay is not what so many people seem to think it is and there is STRESS. All you see is the carriers who do the street deliveries and it seems like a great job - out in the fresh air (of course sometimes you're in the 90 degree heat or the low teens cold) but that's not the stress - postal management could give Bart, the Indianapolis City Council and the Indiana State Legislature members a real run for their money and make you think politicians are lovable little pussy cats!  (Jul 24, 2007 | post #82)

Indianapolis, IN

Is Sammy Terry still alive?

Sammy Terry (Bob Carter) owned the Family Music Store on N Shadeland Ave for many years. Sadly I think they closed is a couple of years ago - could have been longer than that but as I get older, things seem to have happened not as long ago and my mind thinks. I talked to him many times when I was in his store. Great memories about late night entertainment in Indiana! He was a jewel and still is but I haven't seen him for too many years.  (Jul 24, 2007 | post #5)

The Indianapolis Star

Case highlights flaws of border security

SO TRUE! I had a friend who was rear ended by a Spanish speaking illegal immigrant and before my friend could get out of her car, the offender's friends were there by the droves.....they all came out of an upscale restaurant where they work. When the police arrived and asked the offender what caused the accident she replied......ready for this???? Where I come from she should have gotten out of my way since I needed to get around her. Honest, I couldn't make that one up. ;) Of course, she had no insurance, it wasn't even her car (and that car owner didn't have insurance) and she had no drivers license. At least my friend had uninsured/underins ured motorist coverage to pay for her HUGE medical bills and the cost to replace her totalled car. (Evidently the offender wasn't obeying the speed limit of W 86th either). Point to ponder: Make sure you have UM/UIM insurance with no deductible on your own insurance! The costs will keep increasing as will the crime rates.  (Jul 23, 2007 | post #186)

The Indianapolis Star

Channel 6 announces new anchors

I won't repeat my post to your co-anchor but will welcome you to Indiana! You might want to read it though for thoughts on our soon to be booming property market and the problems you'll learn as you report the major problems with our property taxes. I look forward to seeing you on the air though I will miss Martha. An original Colts fan who is coming to town after we won the Super Bowl? You'll enjoy getting to know the team and our wonderful Coach Dungy - they are a real class act. Again, welcome and enjoy our state - it's yours to adopt as we'll adopt you and your family!  (Jul 23, 2007 | post #191)

The Indianapolis Star

Channel 6 announces new anchors

Welcome to Indiana! Channel 6 is my news channel of choice and I'll miss Martha but hope to still see plenty of reports from Ray. You're coming at a 'hot time' in local news with the property tax debates firing up along with a host of other news to report. One point: you might want to check out the property taxes on any homes you might be interested in. Some of those bills will rival the sales price....although there could be some real bargains on the market soon. :) I'm looking forward to seeing you on the air!  (Jul 23, 2007 | post #190)

The Indianapolis Star

Hundreds gather at tax reform hearing

You can't just go in and vote against all incumbents silly one. You need to find out who didn't do their job and just slid along like they have for 30 or so years. There actually are some incumbents who didn't vote for the property tax problem we are facing now. Just not enough of them. Sorry, but this is far too typical of the way voters cast their votes and how we got into this problem. Voters also have their fair share of this problem.  (Jul 23, 2007 | post #237)

The Indianapolis Star

Hundreds gather at tax reform hearing

RE: Dog park. You aren't serious are you? You don't know where your taxes are being spent? You need to go from being the 'angry taxpayer' to an 'informed taxpayer'.  (Jul 23, 2007 | post #236)

The Indianapolis Star

Hundreds gather at tax reform hearing

Really not a realistic idea - how do you intend to pay for these services even if they are reduced? Are you thinking they should be reduced to zero, nada, nothing, zilch? Not a thought that appeals to me.  (Jul 23, 2007 | post #235)

The Indianapolis Star

Hundreds gather at tax reform hearing

And just who would that be? The majority of the politicians will promise and pledge to do differently than their opponent - then if they get into office they have brain farts and don't remember any of those statements. The representatives for my county are now sending out brochures asking for my opinion on what's important for them to focus on in the next session. AND if they didn't vote for the new and revised property tax plan they are stepping right up and reminding you of that fact. At least they're being proactive..... :)  (Jul 23, 2007 | post #234)

The Indianapolis Star

Hundreds gather at tax reform hearing

That wouldn't take care of the problem - not in any way! Thinking like that will lead to more problems. Not all incumbents are guilty of pushing these taxes down our throats. You need to research and yes, take time to study who is running and what their record is (for incumbents) and if you decide to vote against that incumbent, then don't just punch your vote for anyone who's running against him - you need to hear what the opposition is saying also. Knowledgeable voters = changes for those who have languished in their offices for far too long. Just my thoughts. Main problems are not voting and voting for someone because you've heard their name or because they came by your house and visited. VOTE and try to learn about the WHO you are voting for.  (Jul 23, 2007 | post #233)

The Indianapolis Star

Hundreds gather at tax reform hearing

You might want to buy shirts saying "lose the legislators" before ditching mitch as therein lies the majority of the problem. For years they've ducked the issue and they still think this will die down-but I don't think they are reading their voters correctly. At least Mitch froze the new tax bills and ordered a reassessment - legislators were offering a handy dandy payment plan and spouting praises for the wonderful checks we will get???? Put the blame where it belongs: 1. Legislature 2. Government overspending (city/county/state ) 3. Too many ducks on the government payrolls and dumb ducks at that. 4. Ignoring the problem for far too many years and then dumping a decade+ fix on us all at once. Then if you want you can put soome of the blame on Mitch but he's not the problem - look at your own county/district representative and senators. They'll do anything and push anything as long as it avoids the real problems in this state.  (Jul 23, 2007 | post #227)