• A review of news laws that will benefit Indiana

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74


    In what seems like the blink of an eye, the 2015 legislative session has come and gone. As always, it was an honor to serve our community and make decisions that will have a lasting, positive impact in our community and every corner of the state.

    For me personally, it is always a great feeling to see legislation that you have worked on and invested in being signed into law, especially when it betters the lives of Hoosiers in your district.

  • Protecting taxpayers with a balanced budget amendment

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47


    This year, the General Assembly continued its record of fiscal responsibility by passing another balanced budget that avoids tax increases and maintains Indiana’s hard-fought reserve funds. It ends the biennium with $1.84 billion in reserves, while funding important needs across the state.

  • Suggestions on the way forward for Congress

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress


    There have been encouraging signs on Capitol Hill of late that Congress’s long slide into irrelevance may be slowing.

    Agreements on Medicare reimbursements in both houses, and on Iran, No Child Left Behind, Pacific trade and other issues in various committees led last month to a chorus of relieved approval both in Washington and in the press.

  • Senate page for a day
  • Legislative successes in 2015

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47


    This week, the 2015 legislative session, my first session as your state senator, came to a close. While many important issues were debated, the state’s biennial budget was the primary focus the last four months at the Statehouse.

    The enacted budget is balanced and focused on funding Indiana’s most important needs, creating a strong foundation for our economic future.

  • Money and politics: we need change now!

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress


    I’ve seen a lot over my decades in politics, and not much alarms me. But I have to be blunt: Money is poisoning our political system.

  • Congress and the president need to consult, and not just on Iran

    Lee Hamilton

    Center for Congress


    Congress has developed a fondness for open letters when it comes to Iran. First came the warning shot signed by 47 Republican senators that touched off a storm of criticism. Not to be outdone, the House checked in with its own bipartisan and more diplomatically stated letter to the president, warning that its members must be satisfied with any agreement before they’ll vote to reduce sanctions.

    What lies behind these moves? I think Congress feels left out of foreign policy making.

  • Cannelton Legion Auxiliary selects Jordan Vogt as Hoosier Girls State delegate

    CANNELTON – Jordan Vogt, daughter of Wes Powers and Misty Parr, has been chosen by Cannelton American Legion Auxiliary Unit 142 to attend the 74th annual session of Hoosier Girls State. The event will be held June 21-27 on the campus of Trine University in Angola.

  • State Auditor Suzanne Crouch visits with county officials

    PERRY COUNTY – State Auditor Suzanne Crouch visited Perry County Auditor Pamela Goffinet’s office last Monday during a stop on her statewide county auditor’s office tour.

    “Keeping in touch with county officials and ensuring that we are all on the same page helps increase efficiency and accountability at local and state levels,” Crouch said. “There are 92 county auditors in Indiana, and each of them is crucial to the function of their county’s government.”

  • Sprinkle gains experience at Statehouse