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May 23, 2013

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Not surprisingly, the unequal treatment under the law has now prompted a lawsuit by the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, which is seeking permission to sell customers cold beer just like the liquor store down the block. Convenience stores already can sell warm beer (and cold wine). But not beer on ice.

Which means, in short, that state government in Indiana is in the peculiar position of regulating the temperature at which beer can be sold.

Should state law be written to protect one set of businesses over the ability of others to meet consumers’ demands?

Of course not.

Our laws not only need to be evenhanded but they also need to give business owners and managers enough flexibility to adapt to changing markets. In 2013, many people buy groceries on Sundays. They also often have cookouts and other gatherings (Super Bowl party, anyone?) in which they want to serve cold beer or a bottle of wine purchased at the last minute. Businesses ought be able to meet those legitimate demands without unnecessary interference by state government.

Lawmakers need to get out of the business of playing one segment of the alcohol industry against another. The ban on Sunday retail sales is long outdated. And the prohibition on cold beer sales finally should be put on ice.

— The Indianapolis Star

 

CEOs should buy their own perks

It’s no secret that CEOs of public companies make a lot of money.

And in general, they earn it: It takes talent, hard work and vision to oversee thousands of employees, answer to impatient shareholders, guard against competitive threats, and keep the trains running on time, particularly at behemoths like Eli Lilly and Co., WellPoint Inc., Cummins Inc. and Simon Property Group Inc.

To no surprise, the leaders of those four companies took home the largest paychecks among executives of publicly traded companies in Indiana last year: Former WellPoint CEO Angela Braly led with compensation of $20.5 million, followed by Simon CEO David Simon ($17.2 million), Lilly CEO John Lechleiter ($10.2 million) and Cummins CEO Thomas Linebarger ($8.8 million).

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