INDIANA CONTINUES TO BE AN ECONOMIC LEADER – Straight From The Senate

Over the last decade, Indiana has emerged as a national leader in fiscal management and economic growth. We take pride in our common-sense budgeting and economic policies that attract top businesses who hire hard-working Hoosiers.

Our record for maintaining a balanced budget has helped Indiana hold

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ORGANIZATION DAY AT THE INDIANA GENERAL ASSEMBLY – Straight From The Senate

The Indiana General Assembly will convene for the ceremonial start of the 2017 legislative session on Tuesday, November 22 at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

“Organization Day,” as it is commonly referred to, gives new and returning legislators an opportunity to meet with fellow lawmakers and staff

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HONORING OUR VETERANS – Straight From The Senate

As Americans, it is important to honor our military service men and women who have made great sacrifices to defend our country’s freedom.

While we owe this debt of gratitude each and every day, Veterans Day provides a special opportunity each year to show our support for those individuals who have

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NEW SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE FOR ASPIRING TEACHERS – Straight From The Senate

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education recently announced the official launch of the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship for high-achieving students pursuing a career in education.

This scholarship program was established by House Enrolled Act 1002, which passed with my support during

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INDIANA LAUNCHES COLLEGE VALUE INDEX – Straight From The Senate

It’s never too early for high school students to start planning for what they want to do after graduation, whether its entering the workforce, joining the military, or enrolling in a technical or traditional four-year college or university.

If students decide that continuing their education is the

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SEPTEMBER IS PREPAREDNESS MONTH – Straight From The Senate

Each year, state and federal public safety agencies designate September as Preparedness Month – a time set aside to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared for unexpected emergencies and natural disasters.

While no one anticipates having to face a disaster situation, we only have to

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INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE AT INDIANA SENATE – Straight From The Senate

The Indiana State Senate provides hands-on internship opportunities for college students and recent graduates with an interest in government, public policy and the legislative process.

A variety of full-time paid internship opportunities are available for the 2017 session of the General Assembly in

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BACK TO SCHOOL – Straight From The Senate

As the end of the summer approaches, Hoosier students and teachers across the state are back in the classroom for the start of another school year.

At the Statehouse, the Indiana General Assembly’s summer study committees are well underway and several of the topics being examined focus on supporting

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INDIANA CLOSES FISCAL YEAR WITH STRONG BALANCE SHEET – Straight From The Senate

Indiana Auditor Suzanne Crouch recently released the end-of-year financial data for the state’s 2016 fiscal year, which concluded on June 30.

As Hoosiers have come to expect, Indiana ended the fiscal year with its books balanced and a strong reserve balance in place to protect taxpayers as well as

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS HIGHLIGHT GROWING ECONOMY – Straight From The Senate

Recent economic reports show that Indiana’s economy is continuing to grow stronger. Our unemployment rate is below the national average and our labor force participation rate has outperformed the national average for 25 months in a row.

These reports confirm what Hoosiers know to be true – Indiana

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NEW LAWS NOW IN EFFECT – Straight From The Senate

Many of the laws that were passed during the General Assembly’s 2016 legislative session took effect with the start of Indiana’s new fiscal year on July 1.

My colleagues and I worked this year to address a wide range of issues. From protecting children and assisting veterans, to stopping drug dealers

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STATES WORK TO HOLD FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE – Straight From The Senate

Our country is in the middle of a presidential election year, full of passionate debate on a wide range of issues.

One of the most important challenges facing our country is the expansive, unmanageable bureaucracy that comprises much of the federal government in Washington, D.C.

Unprecedented federal

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INDIANA: A GREAT PLACE TO DO BUSINESS – Straight From The Senate

June 19-25 is Entrepreneurship Week in Indiana – an opportunity for Hoosiers to recognize and celebrate the vital importance of free-market entrepreneurship in our state and local communities.

While much of the business-related coverage we read about in the news each day is focused on major national

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STUDY COMMITTEES CONVENING AT THE STATEHOUSE – Straight From The Senate

Indiana’s part-time state legislature, unlike the U.S. Congress, allows representatives and senators to spend the majority of the calendar year in their districts. This allows legislators to maintain a closer connection with their constituents and better serve their communities.

During the period

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HONORING HOOSIER VETERANS ON MEMORIAL DAY – Straight From The Senate

Memorial Day is right around the corner – a holiday providing extra time with family and friends, outdoor barbeques and the unofficial start of summer in the Hoosier state.

But most importantly, we must use this day to pause and reflect, and remember the veterans that have made the ultimate sacrifice

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PROTECTING HOOSIER CHILDREN – Straight From The Senate

In recent months, we’ve seen several stories in the news about horrific crimes committed against Hoosier children.

Some of our most vulnerable citizens have been victims of abuse or neglect at the hands of those entrusted to care for them at daycares and schools. Where parents should have peace of

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2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION HIGHLIGHTS – Straight From The Senate

In my most recent column, I discussed the successful passage of Indiana Senate Republicans’ agenda items for the General Assembly’s 2016 legislative session.

While that list includes some critical initiatives for our state, it is far from exhaustive – many additional bills won broad support in

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2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION WRAP-UP – Straight From The Senate

When the Indiana General Assembly’s 2016 legislative session began in January, the members of the Senate Republican Caucus unveiled a legislative agenda aimed at moving Indiana forward.

We set out goals to improve our road infrastructure, spur regional economic development, establish stronger penalties

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STOPPING DRUG DEALERS – Straight From The Senate

A few weeks ago I wrote about legislation being considered by the Indiana General Assembly to fight the scourge of methamphetamine in our state. Unfortunately, meth is not the only drug damaging our communities and tearing families apart.

Heroin-overdose deaths have tripled in Indiana since 2010. Nationwide,

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PROMOTING A CULTURE OF LIFE – Straight From The Senate

Like millions of Americans, I was appalled last year to watch videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing how the organs of aborted children were preserved and sold to medical researchers.

More recently, an Indianapolis television outlet reported that MedAssure, a medical waste facility

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY HALFTIME UPDATE – Straight From The Senate

When the Indiana General Assembly convened in January for the start of the 2016 legislative session, the Senate Republican Caucus laid out an agenda aimed at moving our state forward in several key areas of public policy.

We are now beyond the halfway point of the session, and I’m pleased to report

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FIXING THE 2015 ISTEP – Straight From The Senate

The Indiana General Assembly has long prioritized Hoosier students and educators. Over half of our state’s general fund is devoted to K-12 education, making Indiana third in the nation for the percent of our budget devoted to schools.

Like many states, Indiana uses standardized testing (known as

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SENATE REPUBLICANS ANNOUNCE 2016 AGENDA – Straight From The Senate

On the opening day of the General Assembly’s 2016 legislative session, I gathered with members of the Senate Republican Caucus to unveil our legislative agenda.

The ideas included in our agenda would positively impact Hoosiers in a variety of ways, including improved road infrastructure, regional

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STAY CONNECTED DURING SESSION – Straight From The Senate

Indiana has a part-time citizen legislature, which means the General Assembly is only in session for two-and-a-half to four months at the start of each year so that lawmakers are able to continue living and working in the districts they represent.

During the upcoming session, which begins January 5

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SUPPORTING HOOSIER TEACHERS – Straight From The Senate

It’s hard to think of a profession that has a greater impact on our future than teaching. Indiana has a long tradition of excellent classroom instruction, and our part of the state is no exception.

Earlier this year, Jean Russell, who teaches at Haverhill Elementary School within Southwest Allen

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