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Regionally Speaking, Monday, March 18, 2019

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Today:   Noted Indiana economist-writer-speaker Morton Marcus is with us to talk about his recent "Eye on the Pie" columns that are published online and in print.  We also have in the studio Ingrid Norris, the  executive director-CEO of the Lake County Public Library,  about a bill moving through the General Assembly that has public library directors across the state very worried -- a measure that could shift control of library budgets from library boards over to town, city or county councils.  The bill could also give local governments the power to reallocate library funds, such as the reserve funds that libraries need to pay for capital projects.  Norris is most concerned about the bill's impact on tax levies, which will change anyway in Lake County, when property tax caps are removed in 2020.

A Senate committee held a hearing on the bill on Thursday but took no action on it.  Some Statehouse observers think the measure needs some major changes made before it could be sent up for a vote.  Norris encouraged residents to lobby with local lawmakers, expressing their opposition to the measure.

We also have Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson and her conversation with Welz Kauffman, the Ravinia Festival's President and CEO, about the Festival's 2019 season of artists and performances.