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.
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.
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.
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:
“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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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