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Lehe: Giving back this Christmas

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, December 6, 2019

Christmas is the perfect time of year to count our many blessings and express our gratitude by helping others. This holiday season, please consider giving back to Hoosiers in need by donating time or resources to our local food pantries or other charitable organizations. Perhaps one of the biggest holiday traditions is enjoying Christmas dinner with family

Bartels: Is your home ready for winter?

Friday, December 6, 2019

Indiana winters bring cold and extreme conditions, making it all the more important to ensure your home is ready. All Hoosiers should check to ensure that their homes are prepared so that everyone has a safe and warm winter.

Frye: Jail overcrowding is complex, costly issue

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, December 6, 2019

Many of our local jails are at or over capacity. In recent years, the criminal justice system has seen more repeat offenders, especially those struggling with addition. To further explore this complex issue, I authored a law creating the Jail Overcrowding Task Force to learn more about the root causes. While each community is unique, there are some common themes.

Wolkins: State has made strides in funding education

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Thursday, December 5, 2019

Recently, Warsaw Community Education Association President Terry Sims sent out an email to all school personnel, which started with, “Just as I predicted, it has begun the legislature wasted no time spreading misinformation to the public…Our local Representative Mr. Wolkins is parroting the GOP position as well…Expect more misdirection in the future.” For years, Mr. Sims has claimed the legislature has not provided adequate funds for schools.

Jordan congratulates Marshall County on Stellar Communities designation

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Thursday, December 5, 2019

Note to the Press – Please include the following statement from State Rep. Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) in your coverage of Marshall County Crossroads being selected as the 2019 Stellar Communities Designee. STATEHOUSE (Dec. 5, 2019) – “Marshall County and the cities and towns within it have worked hard to make our community a wonderful place

Howard County statement on House Republicans selecting Huston as Speaker-elect

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Note to the Press: Please include the following statements from State Reps. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) and Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) in your coverage of House Republicans selecting State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) as House speaker-elect:

Engleman statement on House Republicans selecting Huston as speaker-elect

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Tuesday, December 3, 2019

“State Rep. Todd Huston has spent two years serving as our Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore and has filled in for Speaker of the House, proving he has what it takes for this position and will excel as House speaker. As the co-chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, Huston supports an education-focused budget and works to balance our books to keep our state’s AAA credit rating. I thank him for his leadership, and I look forward to continuing the positive direction he will move our state in his new role.”

Indiana House Republicans select State Rep. Todd Huston as next House speaker

Posted by: Erin Wittern  | Monday, December 2, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 2, 2019) – Indiana House Republicans met today at the Statehouse in Indianapolis and selected State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) to serve as the next House speaker.

Negele statement on selection of Speaker-elect Huston

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Monday, December 2, 2019

Note to the Press – Please include the following statement from State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) in your coverage of House Republicans selecting State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) as House speaker-elect: STATEHOUSE (Dec. 2, 2019) – “Todd has been an incredible leader in the House of Representatives. I have no doubt that he will excel

Soliday statement on selection of Speaker-elect Huston

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Monday, December 2, 2019

Note to the Press – Please include the following statement from State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) in your coverage of House Republicans selecting State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) as House speaker-elect: STATEHOUSE (Dec. 2, 2019) – “Todd has a wealth of knowledge, and he’s been an integral part of the leadership team. With

Rep. Lehman statement on House Republicans selecting Huston as speaker-elect

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Monday, December 2, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 2, 2019) – “As House Majority Floor Leader, I have enjoyed working under Speaker Bosma’s leadership and learned a lot from his years of experience. I have also witnessed Todd thrive as a state legislator, and now he can put his skills to use in this new and exciting role. Todd is principled, organized and humble, all qualities I value and our caucus values. With Speaker-elect Huston, we will continue to work with civility and bipartisanship as we build on the many policy accomplishments our caucus has achieved.”

Steuerwald statement on House Republicans selecting Huston as speaker-elect

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Monday, December 2, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 2, 2019) – “As the longest-serving speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Brian will be leaving some very large shoes to fill. He has strived to make this transition seamless for Speaker-elect Huston and the entire caucus. I have worked closely with Todd and I am confident he will guide our caucus with a steady hand as we continue to work hard on behalf of all Hoosiers.”

Manning supports Speaker-elect Todd Huston

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Monday, December 2, 2019

Note to the Press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Denver) in your coverage of House Republicans selecting State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) as House speaker-elect:

Hamilton County lawmakers support Speaker-elect Todd Huston

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Monday, December 2, 2019

Note to the press: Please include the following statements from State Reps. Tony Cook (R-Cicero), Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville), Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) and Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) in your coverage of House Republicans selecting State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) as House speaker-elect:

Rep. Baird seeks public input ahead of meetings with state agencies

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Tuesday, November 26, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 26, 2019) – State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) is seeking public input ahead of upcoming roundtable meetings with several state agencies to discuss issues and projects affecting Putnam County and surrounding communities.

Vermilion goes on district listening tour, meets with constituents

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, November 25, 2019

HOUSE DISTRICT 31 (Nov. 25, 2019) – State Rep. Ann Vermilion (R-Marion) hosted a listening tour on Wednesday, Nov. 20 in House District 31 to meet and hear from constituents, employers and community leaders on local and state issues.

Martinsville student learns about being a lawmaker with Mayfield

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Monday, November 25, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 25, 2019) – Courtney Burnam, an eighth-grader at Martinville’s John R. Wooden Middle School, recently spent the day with State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) for a college and career prep class to learn about her role as a state representative during Organization Day at the Statehouse.

Bacon: Think local, support small business

Friday, November 22, 2019

With more than 500,000 small businesses employing more than 1.2 million Hoosiers they make up a critical part of Indiana’s economy. Small Business Saturday, celebrated on Nov. 30, is an opportunity to support the employers and entrepreneurs in our community.

Frye: Help meat the need this Thanksgiving

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, November 22, 2019

As many enjoy Thanksgiving and the abundance of food it often brings, let’s challenge ourselves to help others. Our area food banks and pantries are always stocking up on nutritious food to provide Hoosier families facing hunger, and they need our help. This winter, farmers and hunters can give back by donating meat, including wild game, beef, poultry and pork to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry.

Heaton statement on broadband expansion funding for Monroe County

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, November 22, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 22, 2019) – “Monroe County is home to some of Indiana’s most innovative companies and citizens, yet some of our neighbors lack reliable access to essential broadband internet. It’s imperative that we bring the entire state up to par on a resource required to succeed economically and communicate effectively.”

Huston: Education continues to be a top priority

Friday, November 22, 2019

As we move closer to the start of the 2020 legislation session, I have talked with Hoosiers in our community on a variety of issues. Recently, education has been a topic at the forefront of many conversations. As I listen to educators and parents, I am encouraged by the progress and leadership our local schools have demonstrated in many areas, including raising teacher pay.

Soliday: True or False? School funding doesn’t go far enough

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, November 22, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 22, 2019) – Next to parents, teachers are the most important factor in a student’s success. We all appreciate and respect our hardworking Hoosier educators, and Indiana’s lawmakers backed this up with the single largest increase in K-12 education funding in our state’s history – to the tune of $763 million.

Burton announces retirement plans after 31 years of public service

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Thursday, November 21, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 21, 2019) – State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) announced Thursday he will retire in 2020 after fulfilling his current term as state representative for House District 58.

Bosma statement on Rep. Woody Burton's retirement announcement

Posted by: Erin Wittern  | Thursday, November 21, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 21, 2019) – “Woody is a dear friend, a man of unwavering faith and a compassionate public servant. We have served alongside one another for the last 30 years, and I know our friendship will continue long after our service in the General Assembly. From passing property tax reform and the largest tax cut in state history, to helping children with dyslexia and supporting children in foster care, Woody has always put the needs of Hoosiers first and stayed true to his conservative principles.”

Negele: $3M awarded for broadband expansion in Benton County

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Thursday, November 21, 2019

Note to the Press – Please include the following statement from State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) in your coverage of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s announcement of an additional $6.3 million in funding for broadband expansion projects across the state. Locally, this funding will serve nearly 3,000 households and businesses throughout Benton County.

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