[r63] Messmer Report: Asking for your thoughts to better represent you this session

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Friday, December 2, 2011

Every year the members of the General Assembly mail out a survey to their districts to get a better idea of how the members of our communities feel about specific issues. I’d like to fill you in on what is included in mine so that when yours arrives in the mail in the coming weeks, or if you decide to complete it online, you’ll have a better idea of the issues we are facing in the upcoming legislative session.

The first four questions on my survey all deal with government regulation, spending and local government issues. I’ve asked for your thoughts on whether you believe reducing government regulation is a bigger factor in improving the economy rather than increasing government spending.  The next question asks if you support prohibiting local government officials from hiring a member of their family. Also, I have asked if you support the elimination of township government.

Government spending and reducing regulation has been a top issue across the country for some time now, and I want to hear from you before we address those issues within our own state again.

In the next questions, I’d like to know if you support random drug-testing as a requirement to receive state-funded welfare benefits; if you believe we need to reduce the sentences for non-violent criminal offenders due to limited space in our prisons; and if you believe that non-violent drug users should be treated in a community rehab center rather than serving time in jail.

Unfortunately, drugs continue to be a problem in communities across Indiana. We might be able to save taxpayers money by not over-filling our jails with individuals that could benefit more from rehab than time served.

Finally, I have asked if you think there are high-quality job opportunities for recent college graduates in our community; and if you support Indiana Attorney General’s legal challenge to Pres. Obama’s federal health care law that requires all citizens to either have health insurance or face a tax for not complying.

Indiana is one of 26 states that have questioned the constitutionality of the Pres. Obama’s federal health care law. Attorney General Zoeller has filed a lawsuit and it was announced in November that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of all the 26 states sometime in the spring.

There are a total of nine questions included in the survey and I hope that you can take the time to respond. Your feedback allows me to better represent you at the Statehouse when tough issues come to a vote. Please look for your copy in the mail within the next month and you can also reply online at my websitewww.in.gov/H63