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  • President Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress
    5/4/2021 On April 28, President Biden addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time. It was an honor to attend his address with my colleagues Rep. Maria Salazar and Rep. Beth Van Duyne among 40 invited members of the House of Representatives.
    President Biden pledged to bring unity and collaboration to Washington D.C., but unfortunately, I have not seen the President work in a bipartisan manner or highlight that in his speech. It is troubling that his vision is to further centralize and expand federal powers.
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  • Goodrich's bill encouraging Hoosiers to skill-up heads to the governor
    4/27/2021 A bill to break down barriers for young, low-income workers looking to obtain in-demand job skills could soon become law, according to State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville).
    Currently, all money earned in a household is used to determine eligibility for Temporary Assistance For Needy Families benefits. TANF is a program that provides cash assistance and supportive services to assist families with children under age 18, helping them achieve economic self-sufficiency. 
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  • Expanding broadband access for Hoosiers
    4/13/2021 More and more Hoosiers rely on internet everywhere they go. While connecting to the web may seem like a normal part of everyday life to some of us, many still do not to have reliable broadband access. The COVID-19 pandemic further emphasized the need for more Hoosiers to get online, as many shifted to working and learning remotely to help slow the spread of the virus. This session, I am supporting multiple efforts to invest and build infrastructure to expand broadband access across our state.
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  • Time to debunk myths about public notices
    4/9/2021 It’s time to debunk the myth of the financial burden advertising public notices places on local government units.
    The cost is the No. 1 cited reason given by representatives of local government associations while testifying for the elimination of the publication requirement for a specific public notice or all public notices. 
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  • America’s history deficit has put our democracy in crisis
    4/3/2021 It would appear, based on the stories making news these days, that the younger generations among us are hell bent on revolution— but not the kind that gave us the Constitution and a way of life that made America the envy of the world. Rather, it’s more like the Russian revolution that enslaved hundreds of millions of people for nearly seven and a half decades from 1917 to 1990. But it appears that the young anarchists among us, including those with a so-called progressive agenda in Congress, are oblivious to that fact and are willing to risk our freedom to give it a try. 
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  • Supporting our Purple Heart heroes, spouses
    4/2/2021 Each year, thousands of brave men and women say goodbye to their loved ones as they sign up to join our nation's armed forces. Sometimes, these heroes face some of the most difficult and dangerous challenges where their life, along with the lives of others, are on the line. In the legislature, we recognize their sacrifices and continuously work on policies – no matter how big or small – to better support our active service members, veterans and their families.
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  • Breaking down barriers to treatment
    4/1/2021 Hoosiers facing a mental health issue can often feel as though they are trapped and unsure where to go to receive treatment. Conditions such as depression or anxiety can have crippling effects on Hoosiers and prevent them from carrying out their daily responsibilities. In the past year, more than 15% of adolescents and 8% of adults in Indiana reported having a depressive episode. We know depression and anxiety impacts individuals' overall wellbeing, and if left untreated could lead to suicide or other disorders.
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  • 3/20/2021 Delaying retirement has become common for many Americans, either because they saved too little or they just want to continue working because they enjoy it.
    Others go in the opposite direction. They retire early – sometimes out of choice but often because their health or the economy forces it.
    While early retirement might sound appealing, it can be a struggle for those who don’t have sufficient income to pay their bills.
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  • Protect state funding for Noblesville Schools students
    3/18/2021 Last month, the Noblesville Schools board of trustees issued an open letter to the public urging action to protect public school funding.
    Proposed legislation to slash tens of millions of dollars from Indiana’s public schools is so concerning that we are also adding our voices on behalf of the Noblesville Schools administration and teachers.
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  • Modernizing how local governments do business
    3/13/2021 Whether it is sitting in a staff meeting, teaching middle school math or connecting with a loved one, many Hoosiers now utilize Zoom or other teleconferencing software due to COVID-19. Just as educators and private businesses had to make adjustments, local governments had to make changes too. However, during the early parts of the pandemic some concerns arose as to whether local units had the authority to host meetings virtually. Under a bill I authored this session, these entities would be given more flexibility to modernize their processes, including how they communicate and conduct business.
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