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February 2, 2014

FRIEND: Cold weather continues, propane costs rising

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I spoke to my supplier, and she confirmed that it truly is a crisis, especially with a winter that has had record low temperatures. Some suppliers are retrieving excess LP gas from farm grain dryer tanks just to keep customers from running out and being cold. I have learned that the U.S. is the leading exporter of LP gas, and the companies are honoring contracts in foreign countries causing the shortage and extremely high prices. My supplier first filled our tank for less than $2.00 a gallon, but the last load she received this week cost her $5.40 a gallon. Now, I am a free market guy, but this situation just smells bad. Some businessmen are getting fat, and the consuming public is being gouged!

The Senate has added an amendment to Senate Bill 1, exempting sales tax collections on propane costing over $2.50 a gallon. The credit would be retroactive to the beginning of January upon passage of the bill. I support this idea and think this is a good start. I am working on alternative measures as well that will provide some relief for Hoosiers.

The marriage amendment, HJR3, passed out of the House Tuesday but was amended prior to the final House vote. The amendment removed the second sentence of HJR3, so it currently states that only marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana. I believe that Hoosiers should have the right to vote on this important issue. HJR3 passed out of the House chamber 57-40 and now moves to the Senate for consideration.

The entire House honored a 90-year-old World War II veteran, Jim Dolan, with a resolution this week. Mr. Dolan served as an Army Air Corp. gunner on many forays in New Guinea.

He also was a Democratic doorman for the House of Representatives. What an interesting man!

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