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March 9, 2014

FRIEND: Hashing out our difference

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I continue to press for language to assist Peru and Logansport community schools with their transportation funds. There is a bill that would allow the schools to co-mingle the protected funds and pay the bills for school buses and their maintenance. Hopefully, I can hold the language in place.

Senate Bill 4 now has language to send to a summer study committee the requirement to produce direction for a statewide trail policy and funding formula for trail maintenance. This is something that is necessary for proper relationships between trail advocates and adjacent land owners.

My neighbor, who has the LP gas business, told me that her price to customers is “down” to $2.99/gal. She remains cautiously optimistic about an improvement in price. Supply has improved and restrictions have been removed. This situation – winter and all – has to improve!

Miami County recently lost a good man, Jim Stephenson; many people considered him an institution. He had been a soldier, farmer, teacher and county government official for many years. Jim taught at North Miami, and everyone remembers his government class. Newspapers and World War II were his hallmarks. On the county council his stern, conservative viewpoint was constant. Jim was a guiding light for many, and he will be missed!

Thanks for your communications. The legislature is near the end for this year.

Bill Friend, is a Republican representing District 23 in the Indiana House of Representatives. You can reach him at 317-232-9831.

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