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3/11/2017 6:10:00 PM
EDITORIAL: Celebrate Hoosier strength, address weakness

Times of Northwest Indiana

We've long seen the results of the Hoosier state's zeal for fiscal responsibility.

Our state continues enjoying a triple-A bond rating on the strength of fiscal frugality and maintaining a $2 billion budget reserve.

Now we can celebrate a U.S. News & World Report ranking for Indiana as the most effective state government in the nation. But let’s also keep a steadfast focus on fixing our weaknesses.

The ranking, based on measured metrics from the McKinsey and Co. Leading States Index, came largely because of Indiana's fiscal health, budget stability and spending transparency.

Meanwhile, neighboring Illinois ranked 47th out of 50 states for government effectiveness, largely because of its perennial financial struggles.

Our state and Region should continue to use such rankings as marketing strengths to lure more businesses and residents to friendlier fiscal confines.

On other key measures within the recent state rankings, Indiana also earned high marks for economic opportunity (ranked 4th), cost of living (8th) and elementary and high school education (11th).

We should be proud of all these recognized qualities but also use the strengths as motivation for improving our weaknesses.

Indiana ranked among the worst for household income (35th), obesity (36th), preschool enrollment (38th), health care (41st), infant mortality (42nd), entrepreneurship (44th) and higher education (47th).

Imagine the strength of our state if we made concerted efforts to improve these quality of life factors.

We're fortunate to live in a state with a firm, responsible fiscal foothold. Let's channel some of that acumen into seriously addressing our shortcomings, as well.

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