[r85] Pond Welcomes Small-Business Owners to Statehouse (2/19/2008)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Start Date: 2/19/2008 All Day
End Date: 2/19/2008
Dozens of small-business owners from the National Federation of Independent Business visited the Statehouse today in an effort to talk with lawmakers and encourage the General Assembly to continue to facilitate a business-friendly environment in Indiana.

Many small business owners who visited today belong to rural communities and are concerned about increasing regulations being imposed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. IDEM has indicated that many small business owners may be required to pay additional fees for the environmental impact their trade requires. Sawdust particulate and harmful fumes from wood finishing products are some of the substances IDEM is looking to regulate.

"I am happy to welcome so many hardworking Hoosiers to the Statehouse as they look to voice their concerns," said Rep. Pond. "Small-business owners form the cornerstone of our Indiana economy, and looking after their interests is one of my primary concerns. I hope that any misunderstandings that exist between IDEM, lawmakers and small business owners can be resolved thanks to this visit."

Rep. Pond encourages constituents to contact her with questions or concerns through e-mail at h85@iga.in.gov, by calling the Statehouse toll-free at 1-800-382-9841 or by writing her at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.