Local lawmaker awarded Farm Bureauís Legislator of the Year

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Monday, January 13, 2014 8:00 am

STATEHOUSE – The Indiana Farm Bureau (IFB) presented State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) with the Legislator of the Year Award during a ceremony held in Indianapolis. IFB President Don Villwock awarded Rep. Soliday for his outstanding legislative leadership as well as his efforts to improve Indiana’s transportation system by working to increase road funding for local governments.

“It was an honor to receive this award from the Indiana Farm Bureau whose contribution and support played a significant role in strengthening Indiana’s transportation system,” said Rep. Soliday. “Industries and Hoosiers alike rely on Indiana’s infrastructure, and it takes a statewide partnership, everyone working together, to help maintain it. The Farm Bureau, along with many other organizations, realize the importance that good, drivable roads have in all our lives, and I look forward to continuing to work with them in this joint effort to improve Indiana’s transportation system.”

According to their website, the IFB is currently the state’s largest farm group. The organization works to promote agriculture through public education, member engagement in addition to advocating for agricultural and rural needs.

IFB director of state government relations Katrina Hall stated that Rep. Soliday received the Legislator of the Year Award for his work on the road funding issue and for his legislative leadership as Chairman of the Roads and Transportation Committee and the Joint Study Committee on Transportation Infrastructure Assessment and Solutions.

During the 2013 legislative session, which passed the state’s biennial budget, funding for state and local roads and bridges was increased by $430M without raising taxes.

“Crops have to get to market, and reliable transportation infrastructure is critical to agriculture’s success,” said Hall. “Rep. Soliday raised awareness of the issue so substantial amounts of new funding are now available to local governments and the Indiana Department of Transportation.”

This legislative session, Rep. Soliday continues his work to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure by co-authoring House Bill (HB) 1002, authored by Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville).
The bill would transfer a portion of the funds allocated in the 2013 budget for the use of increasing road project funding. If enacted, HB 1002 would allow dollars already appropriated by the General Assembly to be used for road projects.

Visit www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans/ to learn more about Rep. Soliday or visit www.infarmbureau.org/ for more information about the IFB.