• Balanced budgets a guarantee in the state’s future

    Erin Houchin

    State Senator


    In recent years, Indiana has been blessed with fiscal responsibility and honestly balanced budgets. The Indiana General Assembly has worked hard to ensure our state lives within our means, and we do not spend more than we take in.

    We have operated within our budget for more than a decade, and we were recently ranked in the top 10 best states for fiscal stability by U.S. News and World Report. This stability encourages businesses to grow and expand here and benefits employers and employees alike.

  • Bartels named vice chair of House Agriculture Committee

    INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) was recently appointed to serve as vice chair of the HouseAgriculture and Rural Development Committee.

    Bartels was also named to the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee, and reappointed to the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee.

  • Plan commission meets today

    TELL CITY – The Tell City Plan Commission will meet in the council chambers today at City Hall. On the agenda is a request by Vertical Bridge Holdings LLC for a conditional use permit for a communications tower along Brushy Fork Road. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

  • Cannelton officials announce guidelines for use of City Hall

    CANNELTON – In a notice from City Hall in Cannelton, the city’s officials have announced that beginning Tuesday, Jan. 1, City Hall and the library building in Cannelton will be used for city and related government business only.

    Other groups should make other arrangements. For more information, call (812) 547-8994.

  • Lassaline elected Association of Indiana Counties treasurer

    INDIANAPOLIS – Perry County Assessor Mendy Lassaline was elected treasurer of the Association of Indiana Counties Board of Directors. She began her term Nov. 1. Board elections were held during the AIC’s 60th Annual Conference recently in Marion County.

    “I look forward to working with the board to achieve AIC’s forward thinking objectives for the taxpayers of Indiana,” said Lassaline.

  • Promote the freedom to vote

    John Gregg

    Guest Columnist


    When Hoosiers have more opportunities to vote, more Hoosiers vote. That’s the not so surprising takeaway from the 2018 election.

    For years, Indiana has been at or near the bottom of the nation in terms of voter participation. There are many reasons for it. We have some of the shortest Election Day voting hours in the nation.

  • November is National Adoption Month

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47


    Since 1995, National Adoption Month has been recognized each November to raise awareness of the enormous need for adoptive parents in the United States. As a lawmaker and former caseworker, improving the process of connecting foster children with loving families remains a top priority of mine.

    Last session, I co-authored legislation requiring the creation of a Foster Parent Bill of Rights for Indiana.

  • Legislative session preview

    State Rep. Stephen Bartels

    District 74


    Lawmakers recently met at the Statehouse for the Indiana General Assembly’s annual Organization Day. This ceremonial start to the legislative session provides an opportunity for lawmakers to come together, discuss important issues and focus on legislative priorities before the official start of session on Jan. 3.

  • Protecting our personal freedoms

    State Sen. Mark Messmer

    District 48


    As I continue to prepare legislation for the upcoming session, protecting Hoosiers’ personal freedoms remains a top priority of mine.

    I authored and sponsored various bills during the 2018 session with this goal in mind, including House Enrolled Act 1035.

  • IDEM hearing slated on proposed Riverview plant

    LINCOLN CITY – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management announced a new date and location concerning a formal public hearing on the Riverview Energy Corp. facility. Topics will focus on the pending issuance of new source construction and Part 70 operating permits for the Riverview plant being considered in Dale. On Dec. 5, IDEM will allow for public input and testimony regarding the proposed plant that would be located at 4702 E. County Road 2000 N. in Dale.