Public Policy Institute
In fall 2009, staff and faculty of the IU Public Policy Institute (PPI) and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs began discussions regarding the critical questions that Indiana must address to secure our success now and in the future. Through the PPI Board of Advisors, work started in January 2010, on Policy Choices for Indiana's Future, a nonpartisan initiative to analyze the issues that will face the state's next legislature and governor. The reports of the commissions, an overview of the results, and policy briefs in each area (An Educated Workforce, An Environmentally Sound Energy Policy, A Balanced Tax Policy) were released in February 2012.
Each commission included members of the PPI Board of Advisors and additional members from around the state selected based on their subject-matter expertise. Randall Shepard, Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, and Mark Miles, president and CEO of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, led the overall project.
The commissions gathered information and listened to presentations from topic area experts. Each commission developed a set of policy options to address the challenges facing our state. These options with supporting information are presented in each commission's technical report.
As the project developed, focus began to center on the overarching idea of improving the economic health of the state, its citizens, and its businesses. Analysts began to gather data regarding the current and future economic conditions in Indiana, within the broader context of the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin).
Three key areas were identified:
Developing the highly skilled workforce necessary for economic growth in a knowledge economy
Leveraging Indiana’s energy assets in an environmentally responsible, productive manner
The goal of Policy Choices is to start the discussion among government, nonprofit, and private sector leaders about these topics now—to provide policy options for action. Recognizing that these are long-range issues, IU Public Policy Institute will continue to analyze these questions and engage leaders, policy makers, and other partners in continuing the discussions.