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home : columnists : rep. kathy kreag richardson March 25, 2017


Helping our neighbors
This past week at the Statehouse was dedicated to giving back to our neighbors. With the first-ever Habitat for Humanity home build, Suits and Sneakers event and a Red Cross blood drive, legislators worked to promote philanthropy and express support for the welfare of others.

Habitat for Humanity of Indiana is a non-profit organization serving 75 counties, including Hamilton County. The organization sells homes with affordable, interest-free mortgages.

Monday, March 13, 2017
Legislative session reaches the halfway point
The 2017 legislative session reached the halfway point this week, marking a milestone for legislation as Senate bills move to the House for consideration and House bills crossover to the Senate. House Republicans made progress on our agenda priorities, including passing an honestly balanced budget and a long-term road funding plan. We also successfully moved bills improving Indiana's workforce, attacking the state's drug epidemic and increasing public safety through mental health and addiction treatment services.
Monday, March 6, 2017
Hamilton County residents enjoy a day at the Statehouse
Last week I had the pleasure of welcoming 10 of our Noblesville neighbors to the Statehouse for Adult Page Day.

Guests met with Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and observed the House of Representatives as legislation was debated and voted on. They then joined me for lunch in my office where we discussed a variety of topics including their concerns about local election regulations, how the road funding plan would affect Hamilton County and their thoughts on the most effective ways to balance the state budget.

Monday, February 27, 2017
House GOP budget funds key services while remaining fiscally conservative
This legislative session, lawmakers are tasked with crafting Indiana's next biennial budget funding state operations. After gathering recommendations from the governor and groups that rely on state resources, members of the House Committee on Ways and Means get to work on crafting a budget bill that then moves through the legislative process. Soon, I will be voting on House Bill 1001, which provides the fiscal blueprint for state operations in 2018 and 2019.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
State seeks summer interns for a variety of positions
Each year, the Governor's Public Service Internship Program connects college students in Indiana with state agencies offering paid summer internships. These are great opportunities for students to gain experience and strengthen their resumes as they prepare for full-time employment after college.

Resumes are currently being accepted for this year's program, which also provides opportunities to work with state agency officials while partaking in an exclusive speaker series featuring various elected officials, state agency directors and other government representatives. Participants also interact with each other in order to learn and connect with their peers.

Not only are these paid positions at a rate of $11.30 per hour, but oftentimes, participants earn college credits for their work. All it takes is a conversation with their school's career or internship office.

Monday, February 13, 2017
Let's honor long-standing, Hoosier-grown businesses
Indiana-grown businesses that are well-established have set a tone for other companies moving to the state, showing that hard work and dedication can lead to years of success. I understand this success likely did not come easy, with many challenges along the way. Some Hoosier companies have been in operation for 50 years, even a century, and the state would like to honor them for their longevity and community service by presenting them the Governor's Century or Half Century Business Award.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Join me at the Statehouse for Adult Page Day
As the 120th General Assembly moves forward, I would like to invite the residents of Hamilton County to attend Adult Page Day on Tuesday, Feb. 21. For the past 25 years, I have welcomed constituents to Indiana's Statehouse for this unique opportunity open to all members of our community.

Those who participate go on a tour of our beautiful Statehouse and learn of the history tied to the building.

Monday, January 30, 2017
Five pillars to take Indiana to the 'next level'
As the new governor of Indiana, Eric Holcomb recently presented his State of the State address, which is an annual speech highlighting his goals for our state. Gov. Holcomb's priorities for "Elevating Indiana to the Next Level in its Third Century," include five pillars that I support and am dedicated to achieving.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Supporting a long-term road funding plan
Indiana lawmakers are focusing on the state's infrastructure system this legislative session. Data shows that 10 percent of our roads are in poor condition, resulting in Hoosier motorists spending nearly $500 annually on vehicle repairs. State and local economies also greatly depend on reliable roads and bridges. Our community has experienced a high volume of road construction, and this is a result of steps taken to address immediate infrastructure needs.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Help me best serve Hamilton County
Indiana lawmakers gathered at the Statehouse last week for the start of the 2017 legislative session. As policymakers hold committee hearings and vote on proposals for new laws throughout the upcoming months, it's important for Hamilton County residents to stay informed and engaged in the legislative process.
Monday, January 9, 2017



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