The economic carnage of this pandemic is without historic parallel. Just this week ArcelorMittal idled another blast furnace in East Chicago, Hoosier Park Racino at Anderson and the Tropicana Casino in Evansville furloughed a combined thousand employees, as did the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Cummins, Honda and Toyota all extended plant shutdowns through May 1.

The half million small businesses across the state find themselves on the brink of oblivion, risking hundreds of thousands of Hoosier livelihoods.

Brian A. Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana at and the Cross Find Howey on Facebook and Twitter @hwypol.

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