Decision 2020: Electing Indiana’s Future
Every four years, in conjunction with Indiana’s gubernatorial election, the IU Public Policy Institute (PPI) sponsors a Gubernatorial Candidates Forum. This year’s event will be broadcast by WFYI and other Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations, as well as available for viewing at go.iu.edu/Decision2020. The event is intended to further the mission of PPI and its Center for Civic Literacy (CCL) to produce unbiased, high-quality research, analyses, and policy guidance to promote positive change and improve the quality of life in communities across Indiana and the nation.
Cities and states today face significant issues and their elected officials have considerable latitude in addressing those issues.
In Indiana, the 2020 gubernatorial and legislative elections will determine how the state pursues policies in education, infrastructure, taxation, health care, environmental policy, and much more. These policies affect us in meaningful and sustained ways on a daily basis. In order to cast an informed vote, citizens must understand what the issues are, the candidates’ approaches to those issues, and the legal and political systems within which they must make their preferred policies work.
CCL faculty and staff identified key policy areas facing Indiana in 2020, and enlisted experts in each of those areas. The resulting issue briefs provide policymakers and citizens with important context, background, and identify critical policy issues. Each brief is based upon research and analysis of available data about the state of Indiana, and includes comparisons with other states as well as national trends. Each guide also points readers to local and state level resources offering additional information on the topic.