Shortly after the meeting, I went back to the parking lot to take a picture of the plate.
Erika Smith's LinkedIn profile says the columnist came to the Indianapolis Star in August 2005 after a five year stint at the Akron Beacon Journal. Before that she was an intern at the Cleveland Plain Dealer When she came to Indiana she was initially the Star's business and technology reporter, then later became a metro reporter. In March of 2011, she became a "Metro Columnist" for the Star.
According to the BMV's website, a person moving to Indiana has 60 days to get Indiana license plates. Erika Smith has been in Indiana for going on eight years and apparently still has Ohio plates on her car.
Why would someone continue to put Ohio plates after moving to Indiana years ago? Because unlike Ohio license plates, Indiana plates come with a hefty auto excise tax attached to them. The revenue from excise taxes is not dedicated and is distributed to local governments pursuant to the same formula used for property taxes. In other words, excise tax money goes to schools, libraries, parks, public safety and to fund the very bus service that Erika Smith is pushing Indy residents to dramatically expand.