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Holcomb’s 2nd State of the State Emphasizes Workforce, Presents Goals for Progress in 2018


HolcombINDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb on Tuesday delivered his 2018 State of the State address to a joint convention of the Indiana General Assembly. While continuing his focus on five key pillars, the governor’s remarks highlighted his commitment to developing a skilled, ready workforce and detailed several milestones he expects the state to meet.

“Our greatest challenge is that too many Hoosiers lack the education and skills for the jobs that are here today and being created tomorrow—nearly all of which require a post-secondary education. It’s a challenge faced by every state and a major concern for every business,” Gov. Holcomb said. “This is the issue of the decade, and we don’t have a day to waste.”

In his address, Gov. Holcomb outlined the following workforce-related goals:
· Help at least 25,000 of the 700,000+ Hoosier adults with some...

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Marc Ruiz of Oak Partners, Mind on Money:

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Twas the Thursday before Christmas and I was finally able to schedule one of the more gratifying new client meetings of my career.

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Time for New Approaches to Address Indiana’s Voter Turnout Problems


Leigh-Morris Voter turnout is a concern across the country, but it’s especially concerning in Indiana. It’s been low in Indiana for years, but it hit rock bottom in 2014 when, by many measures, Indiana had the lowest voter turnout of all the states. By the 2016 Presidential elections, there was improvement, but Indiana was still rated as 38th out of the 50 states, with 59.7% of registered voters casting ballots.

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Top 10 Overall Stories on ValpoLife from 2017

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2017 was full of great news stories from all over the area! We took a look at our top articles from 2017 and were amazed by the sheer number of events, activities, and positive moments we were able to share.

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Marc Ruiz of Oak Partners, Mind on Money: Review Debts, Investments in New Year

Marc-Ruiz

As most readers know, in my “day job” at Oak Partners I serve individuals and families by helping them with their financial planning and decision making and by building and managing their investment portfolios taking into account their needs and experience and coupling this knowledge with my own worldview and experience with financial markets and investments.

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Marc Ruiz of Oak Partners, Mind on Money: Time To Review Fallout From GOP Tax Plan

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, otherwise known as the Republican tax plan was approved by Congress and the Senate this week. It always shocking to me just how much political hysteria surrounds any discussion on federal income taxes. Unfortunately, the federal income tax has long ago morphed from a method to simply fund the government’s operations into a mechanism of social engineering.

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Marc Ruiz of Oak Partners, Mind on Money: Markets Looking for Next Momentum Setter

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Iconic investor John Templeton once famously said, “Bull markets are born on pessimism, grown on skepticism, mature on optimism, and die on euphoria." Last week, we talked about pessimism, skepticism and optimism; this week, let’s talk about euphoria.

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Marc Ruiz of Oak Partners, Mind on Money: Bull Run May Be Nearing an End

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Iconic investor John Templeton once famously said, "Bull markets are born on pessimism, grown on skepticism, mature on optimism, and die on euphoria." This nugget of wisdom continues to be measure for which market cycles are evaluated by many investors, including me.

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Marc Ruiz of Oak Partners, Mind on Money: Planning Best Way to Prepare for 'Golden Years'

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One of my dear clients came in for her review earlier this week. We started the meeting off as we usually do, addressing any questions the client may have.

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Marc Ruiz of Oak Partners, Mind on Money: Tax Reform Turning Out to be Hot Mess

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I’ve been following the Republican effort to reform the tax code being led by President Trump. As this plan has coagulated through the negotiation process it's morphed quite a bit from my original expectations. At this point, much of my hopes for true reform have diminished and I’ve become more focused on something else. The simple idea of it.

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How a Valpo Teen and Friends Spontaneously Became Part of ‘Magical’ Proposal at Valparaiso's Central Park Plaza


Central-Park-Proposal-03On Saturday night, November 11th, Isabel Blaney of Valparaiso and three of her friends had a sleepover and decided to go downtown and grab a snack in Valparaiso.

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