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.
Faculty and staff from PPI’s Center for Civic Literacy identified key policy areas facing Indiana in 2020, then enlisted experts in each of those areas to provide research and insight on those topics. The resulting eight issue briefs provide policymakers and citizens with important context and background on critical policy issues. Each brief is based upon research and analysis of available data about the state of Indiana, and includes comparisons to other states as well as national trends. Each guide also points readers to local- and state-level resources offering additional information on the topic.
On August 31, former Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard sat down with all three candidates for governor to discuss these issues. WFYI and other Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations are airing these unedited conversations throughout the weeks leading up to this year's election on November 3.