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Municipal Infrastructure Diffusional Growth and Accelerated Reconstruction
MIDGAR is a comprehensive plan to revitalize Indiana’s economy, rebuild “soft” infrastructure, and eliminate wasteful spending and red tape to progress Indiana into the 21st century and beyond.
Sovereign Wealth Fund
Establishing an SWF requires a constitutional amendment to the State constitution authorizing the State to buy and sell assets both foreign and domestic; the funds main purpose is to propose an alternative form of revenue generation outside tax collection, the State would set up an agency designated by the General Assembly under control of the Governor whom will select a General Treasurer and Council to manage the day-to-day operations of the SWF, retained by the General Assembly.
Funds obtained from the SWF would be accessible to municipalities, NGO’s, Non-Profits and can be rationed out into low-interest loans to venture capitalists, entrepreneurship, and corporations on a need-to-need basis with approval from the SWF agency, the funds appropriated shall be limited in expenditure and should not fall below 20% operating standard.
Public education needs a higher standard of rigor and discipline; the U.S as a whole continually scores lower and lower on graduation rates, achievements, and overall the wealth of knowledge and as such we continue to fail future generations by crushing them with post-secondary education debt and poor standards of reading, writing, science and mathematics.
Uniformization of the student body is in order to create an atmosphere of cohesion and limit distractions which are detrimental to the learning process; in addition Indiana’s education system needs an extension to the school year and a re-prioritization of goals set by school administrators and educators.
To facilitate this, there needs to be major technological upgrades including supplementing tablet PC’s in every classroom for educational purposes, extension of the school day to 5:30 PM and mandatory library time for at least 3-days per week from 7:00-10:00 PM where instructors are available to assist; classes themselves need to be tailored to college level courses and provide two-tests per year that allow students to obtain college credit; passing these tests would allow students to “pass” a course as opposed to the current grading schema of letter grades.
To fund most Government operations tax must be levied; currently the tax code punishes citizens through consumerism, production, and capital and as such is subject to double-taxation and penalizes the middle-class by levying unfair rates that are not consistent across the board.
To combat this issue and maintain proper government functioning, one must assess what tax would work on a fair and just level that does not impact consumerism or productivity; in this case one must tax land as a single entity and void all other taxes as being oppressive and recessive. To propose a land tax allows citizens to maintain their income through their means of production and creates a basic level of taxation based on a finite resource; 3.5% levied per acre of land would be a reasonable tax that increases per acreage as finite resources are removed temporarily from the market by individuals, in a sense the more land that is owned by an individual, business entity, or otherwise the more tax they would pay.
The greatest threat to workers is the inefficiency of the AFL-CIO and unneeded Federal legislation that imposes ceilings and floors on wages and the means of production; Indiana has just enacted a Right-to-Work law which not only flops on solving labor issues but outright ignores the real issue of a giant bureaucratic and divisive union.
Indiana should establish its own labor agency through the Department of Workforce Development that is independent of the AFL-CIO and immune to Federal law regarding labor issues; this agency should be designed as such to allow ONE solitary union in the same effect as the IWW that incorporates all wage earners into one communal system that sets its own standards of wage, pension, and exploitation standards.
Corporate law would also need to be redefined to work on an individual and collective stock system as opposed to “common” stock as currently honored through the markets; workers that add into the capital and production of a company should be rewarded with democratic representation through elected worker councils in each individual company. Company assets, profits, dividends would be accessible through the democratic councils in percentage based allowances to spend on improvements and growth within the workforce of a company; essentially this would be an S-corporation redefined to work with ESOP plans and mutualist theory (a la Mondragon)
Indiana currently suffers due to its dependency on petroleum based products, which include everything from the gasoline we use to the asphalt we use to pave our roads; as the cost of petroleum rises so does the cost of repairing damaged roads which we must do every 3-5 years due to wear and tear by natural forces such as snow and man made destruction by consistent driving wear.
One thing we should strive for is an energy independent Indiana, to do so we must harness renewable energy sources that are independent from market forces; as such Indiana needs heavy infrastructure investments into solar energy, turbine energy, and geothermal energy, the cost of building solar power to power our grid would pay its initial investment off within years due to the lack of waste disposal, repair, and supply and demand forces that effect most crude sources of energy (coal, oil, gas) the money saved can be passed off to the tax payer or redirected to other issues we need to correct including a failing mass-transit system, broken bridges, and polluted water reserves.
Currently, there are 10,000 dilapidated houses or vacant buildings around Indianapolis, most of which cost thousands of dollars each year to other property owners as well as presenting a high-risk situation for crime and fire as these buildings tend to harbor the homeless and fleeing criminals, this is a major issue that not only presents a risk but causes eyesores that do not promote business, residency, or progress.
Any abandoned property or dilapidated property that has been vacant for more than 60-days without a bank leasing the home to another occupant or selling the property off and is currently accruing back taxes and civil fines would be subject to being placed for auction; if no auction can occur the building would be scheduled for demolition and sold off as “green space” which could be transferred to a neighbor or sold for profit as an asset to the SWF
Welfare reform is desperately needed, as it stands now social services are swamped, underfunded, and wasteful not to mention prone to fraudulent claims; this has become a large burden for Indiana as we continue to appropriate millions into a failing system that shows no signs of progress.
To solve the crisis of exploitation and wasteful spending via EBT and Section 8 the Indiana Social Services Department would need to pool its resources and consolidate them into a standardized program dedicated to actual rehabilitation instead of alleviation. The program would provide a “food bank” that includes basic amenities for living, this bank would not accept cash, credit nor debit but vouchers from the SSD, the SSD would be required to produce an I.D/Voucher card for each applicant approved; this card when swiped into the banks computer would provide a photo, address information, and contact info for the user of the bank; “credits” will be placed on the voucher for services rendered by the SSD as the applicant meets certain criteria (I.E working at a state-approved non-profit for at least 30 hours a week) the State received labor for projects in exchange for vouchers which are paid for by the project the applicants are designated to.
To conclude this assessment one must understand the social cruxes of our state, and look for solutions within these guidelines to implement growth within the state; there has been no real change as of yet and as such it all depends on how pragmatically we can solve these problems by applying theory to practice.