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.
This week our local business owners are preparing for one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Small Business Saturday is an important time for our neighbors who run, manage and operate their own business. On Saturday, Nov. 30, please visit these stores and show them your support.
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.”
“Indiana continues to make progress in ensuring our rural residents have reliable access to broadband service so they can fully participate in an increasingly technical economy and connect to essential communication and information. Thank you to the Jackson County Rural Electric Membership Corporation and the state for their partnership in this critical infrastructure.”
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 21, 2019) – “It’s vital that our rural citizens have access to dependable broadband service that those in urban areas already benefit from. Expanding this critical infrastructure helps all Hoosiers by raising our quality of life.”
“It’s been the honor of my life to serve Hoosiers and help make Indiana all she can be. Coming into my 34th session as a legislator, it’s humbling to reflect on just how far our state has come – especially in the last 15 years. From the bottom of nearly every economic and business list to the best in the Midwest and among the top states in the nation. Whether it’s our welcoming business climate, record job creation or low taxes, Indiana’s economic engine is paying dividends for Hoosiers through low unemployment and low taxes.
PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), chair of the House Education Committee, meets with educators from MSD Decatur Township Schools to address their needs Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 at the Statehouse. During their meeting, Behning discussed driving more dollars to teachers, holding educators and schools harmless from ILEARN scores and growing the education profession. Educators from across the state visited the Statehouse during a Red For Ed Rally.
The cost of health care continues to rise. Hoosiers and most Americans are paying more than ever for hospital care, physician services and prescription drugs. Members of the Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services, on which I serve, took a deep dive into the issue by looking at best practices of other states, and are working on recommendations to increase transparency and lower costs.
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 13, 2019) – State Rep. Ann Vermilion (R-Marion) will host several public meetings on Wednesday, Nov. 20 to gather feedback from local Hoosiers before the legislative session begins in January.
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 13, 2019) — Tipton resident and World War II veteran, Daniel Mattingly, was awarded the French Legion of Honor on Sunday, according to State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero).
Hoosiers across Indiana, including in Fishers, rely on safe and reliable roads as an essential resource to live out their daily lives, which is why communities must make crucial road repairs sooner rather than later. To help fuel those projects, Indiana increased transportation funding 76 percent since 2016, with more than $850 million dedicated to roads just this year.
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 10, 2019) — Columbus resident and World War II veteran, Marvin R. Sabatino, was awarded the French Legion of Honor Sunday, according to State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus).
Veterans Day is one of our most important holidays. Throughout the decades, our veterans played important roles in protecting our freedoms. Let us all come together to honor our veterans, past and present, for answering the call of duty.
On Nov. 11, we celebrate our nation's heroes. But going forward, we need to ask, what more can we do to make a difference for those who have risked everything for our freedom? I challenge everyone to respect our veterans and support the organizations giving back to them and their families.
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