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  News & highlights from Ball State CBER ::   May 22, 2017  

Some Hard Truths on School Funding in Indiana

There are four sources of revenues for schools.

School funding is a critically important issue—K-12 education absorbs about half of all the tax dollars spent in Indiana. Surprisingly, it seems that very few Hoosiers, including the vast majority of those involved in education, enjoy even a superficial understanding of school finance. Here are the basics.

Read the full article: Some Hard Truths on School Funding in Indiana

Last week's article: Some Disinformation About the Trump Tax Plan

Business Roundtable Mid-Year Forecast

This year, in lieu of quarterly meetings, the Ball State Business Roundtable will hold two large events. The mid-year forecast event will analyze and revise the Economic Outlook 2017 forecast.

This event will be held in the week of June 19-23. Details will be announced in the coming weeks, or visit the Roundtable on Facebook:

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April Housing

Data sets for April 2017 US housing starts were recently released.  Housing starts have leveled off over the last few months but are slightly higher than a year ago. Total housing starts came in at 1.172 million, a 0.69 percent year-over-year increase. Single family housing starts (one-unit structures) increased 8.87 percent from a year ago to 835,000 units. Starts of multifamily structures decreased.

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May 22, 2017

Indiana Counties Unemployment Rate, Monthly

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May 26, 2017

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