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Small businesses can report duplicative state requirements via new web portal
Earlier this year, U.S. News and World Report ranked Indiana as the best-run state in America based on fiscal responsibility, streamlined operations and enhanced transparency. We can continue this momentum by further improving government efficiency, which ultimately saves taxpayer dollars and helps grow our economy.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Summer fun awaits at the Hamilton County 4-H Fair
It's no secret that I love the county fair. Attending the Hamilton County 4-H Fair is one of my favorite summer activities. Not only does our local fair have family friendly fun and delicious food, but it also promotes community involvement, youth development and Indiana's agricultural heritage.
Monday, July 17, 2017
New Indiana laws effective this July
This month marked the effective date of a number of new policies approved this past session. These new laws cover a wide-variety of issues on behalf of our state, communities and Hoosiers.

First and foremost, on July 1, Indiana began operating under another balanced budget. Lawmakers passed a fiscally responsible budget funding state operations for the next two years. This honestly balanced budget maintains healthy reserves and supports our top-rated business climate.

Monday, July 10, 2017
Celebrating American independence together
This July 4, families, friends, neighbors and communities all across the country will come together to honor and celebrate the birth of American independence. It is also a great time to reflect on our nation's achievements made by strong, hardworking and brave Americans. As we enjoy the festivities this week, let's be mindful of Indiana's fireworks laws for a fun and safe holiday.
Monday, July 3, 2017
Local summertime fun available
Indiana's tourism industry directly employs 155,000 Hoosier and supports 202,000 jobs statewide, according to the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. Between lodging, food and beverage, shopping, transportation, entertainment and recreational spending, tourism in the state generates $11.5 billion.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Preparing Hoosiers to enter the workforce
Indiana's unemployment rate is continuing to decrease each month. In general, economists agree that a rate below 5 percent indicates a strong economy. Currently, our statewide unemployment rate is at 3.6 percent. This is lower than the national average of 4.4 percent, and it is lower than all four of our bordering states.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Strengthening Hoosier education
With the month of June already upon us, it's time to celebrate our local high school seniors who are finishing up their final days of school. Congratulations to all of those who worked hard to achieve this success. Our schools and educators deserve recognition for the achievements of our students. This year, I supported new laws to help them continue leading our students down the path to a prosperous future.
Monday, June 5, 2017
New policies to help Hoosier families
Raising a family presents immense joy, as well as many challenges. Our state offers a variety of resources to support the well-being of families, and this session, new laws were enacted to provide additional help to those who may be facing difficulties.

Some may not be aware of the state's helpline center that can be reached at any time by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting www.in211.org.

Monday, May 22, 2017
New laws promoting public safety
Fostering safety in our community and throughout the state is very important. This session, the General Assembly enacted legislation to promote public safety by punishing cyber criminals, cracking down on impaired drivers, addressing the illegal drug epidemic and strengthening penalties for pharmacy robberies.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Better roads for our future
On average, Hoosier drivers spend nearly $500 each year on vehicle repairs caused by poor road conditions. With almost 10 percent of the state's major roads in disrepair and 21 percent of bridges considered structurally insecure, it was time for lawmakers to invest in our transportation infrastructure. It was determined an additional $1 billion a year is needed to update and maintain the roads and bridges in our state.
Monday, May 8, 2017



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