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As I travel across the state, I continue to hear stories from Hoosier innovators who are solving 21st-century challenges, small businesses who are hiring their first employees and global companies who are growing and finding success here. And, thanks to job creators and hardworking Hoosiers,…

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Voter turnout is a concern across the country, but it’s especially problematic in Indiana where it has been lagging for years. It hit rock bottom in 2014 when, by many measures, Indiana had the lowest voter turnout of all the states. By the 2016 presidential elections, there was improvement,…

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Renewable energy sources and energy-savings programs are key elements of Indiana Michigan Power’s plans to power our customers’ energy needs today and into the future.

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One century ago, the first woman legally cast her ballot in an American presidential election. In honor of this important moment in American history, I co-authored legislation recognizing the legacy of women’s suffrage in our country.

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In taking my traditional February introspective journey through Black History Month to reflect on the many historical accomplishments African-Americans have achieved, I am proud to be an American. I’ve developed a strong appreciation for the struggles and sacrifices, and for the pitfalls and…

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Education and training beyond high school are critical not only to our state’s economic success but also to help Hoosiers reach their aspirations and live fulfilling lives. That’s why Indiana adopted a goal for 60 percent of all working-age adults to have a quality credential beyond a high s…

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On Tuesday, I will be going to the Indiana Statehouse to join hundreds of other youth and adult advocates calling for an increase in the state cigarette tax to reduce tobacco use and save lives. This debate is personal to me.

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If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Indiana, this message is primarily for you.

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Like many in Indiana, I have been watching closely as accusations against Attorney General Curtis Hill were first leaked to the media and the subsequent news coverage and investigations into the matter ensued. While I have serious concerns over how those events have unfolded, I have been par…

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The transition students make after high school graduation is one of the most important they face in their lives. It is exciting, but it can also be challenging to know the best course. In Indiana, we are taking steps to ensure the academic part of this transition is more seamless for student…

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The Elkhart County Correctional Facility (Jail) has a capacity of 1,000 inmates with an additional capacity of up to 3,000 if more housing units are constructed. Our average jail population during 2017 was 953 inmates. Today I have 900 inmates. When opened in 2007, the Elkhart County Correct…

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We – the civilian residents, members of the police force and city government of Elkhart – are at a critical juncture. How we navigate through this time will have a long-term impact on the city’s health, trust and safety.

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Beacon Health System is the area’s largest provider of health care. Whether it’s in one of our many physician offices or emergency departments, or at one of our outpatient sites, we provide care to more than a million residents in our community each year. As a healthcare provider this next s…

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It has been implied by local news outlets that the majority of Elkhart Police Department’s leadership is disqualified to lead due to numerous disciplinary actions levied against them in the past. Stories have painted a dark narrative of a department once filled with brutality and racism some…

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Currently, the Elkhart County economy is roaring. Jobs are plentiful. Companies are competing for workers. Wages are starting to climb. We are the envy of the nation. So everything is great and we don’t have to do anything, right?

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Agricultural production has long been a cornerstone of the Indiana economy. With more than 10,000 businesses, 60,000 farms and 15,000 acres involved in research to improve farming, the state is undoubtedly a leader in national agriculture. This is just one of the reasons an escalating trade …

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Every day, I hear from hardworking Hoosiers who want better jobs, healthier communities and more opportunities for their children. I also hear from business owners who have open positions but can’t find people with the skills to fill them. I am convinced that perhaps my greatest charge as go…

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About eight months ago, we started to notice it: the court was suddenly being flooded with filings from people seeking to change their names, correct their marriage certificates and correct their birth certificates. The cause of this sudden deluge soon became clear: the new “Real ID” law.

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At a time when the fundamental right to vote has increasingly become a partisan pawn, deep-seeded misconceptions surround who can and cannot vote, specifically as these rights apply to people who have been previously incarcerated.

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With more Hoosiers working than at any time in Indiana’s history, and with an unemployment rate of just 3.5 percent, the state continues to create more jobs than its Midwestern counterparts.

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How many of us are old enough to remember the TV program “ I Remember Mama”? It started with a photo album opening and pages turning as the voice of a woman speaks about remembering days gone by. I am going to use the “I Remember” theme without the album because so much of what I remembered …

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When Gov. Eric Holcomb announced his Next Level Connections program last week, he detailed spending $1 billion to improve and complete road construction projects, boost international flights, create a fourth water port, further develop the South Shore commuter railroad, provide a matching fu…

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In 1937, Indiana adopted “the Crossroads of America” as its official motto. The phrase reflects the state’s position at the heart of the nation and as a gateway to other markets. Accordingly, being “the Crossroads of America” has served the state very well from a business standpoint, encoura…

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Housing affordability – or rather unaffordability – has received plenty of attention since the Great Recession. Even though we are now past that event, the cost of housing continues to be a major concern for many, if not most, Hoosiers.

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