Pharos-Tribune

Breaking News

Opinion

January 19, 2014

FRIEND: 2014 legislative session underway

It’s a new year with many new opportuni-ties and a new legislative session with many new issues! I want to share some random thoughts on a variety of subjects. Much has occurred since I last wrote to you, and we have things to discuss. Through this session, I will write columns to keep our community up to date on all of the legislative happenings that are going on in Indianapolis.

Most recently, the weather has been foremost on everyone’s mind. The blizzard and dangerous temperatures put everyone at risk if they had to be outside. Roads were impassable, schools closed all week and businesses closed for a day or two until conditions improved. It is always impressive how neighbors help each other. I think it speaks volumes about the character of a community when neighbors check on and assist each other. It is Biblical, “love thy neighbor as yourself.” Watching it happen is fantastic.

Priorities for this short session include:

1. Early childhood education. A program that will focus on low-income, urban children, hoping to give them a better start.

2. Skills gap. Improving education opportunities for vocational and technical skills. Many employers have jobs to fill but can’t find skilled people to employ.

3. Road construction and maintenance. Continuing to improve infrastructure and create jobs.

4. Fair business taxation. Continue to be pro-business and tax-friendly state.

5. Eliminate some burdensome regulations. Repeal outdated laws and regulations.

Much of the attention of this session will focus on HJR-3, the marriage amendment, but many of these priorities will also be addressed.

Some have asked me why this is a “short” session. In odd numbered years, a two-year state budget must be produced. It requires more time, and session must adjourn by April 29. In even numbered years, sessions are to address financial and administrative emergencies and must adjourn by March 14. In truth, many complex issues are squeezed into a short session.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion
  • PARKER: It's time to take a joke, America In selecting Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of the "Late Show," CBS has waged war on America's Heartland -- or so proclaims that Palm Beach font of heartland mirth, Rush Limbaugh. Don't you believe it, Heartlanders. But wait, ther

    April 16, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Constitutional convention won't work today There seems to be a growing idea that we need a Constitutional convention. That, of course, is the other way to change the Constitution. Amendments have been used 27 times to make changes, ranging from limiting the president's term of office to the d

    April 16, 2014

  • KITCHELL: Forum about adding answers, subtracting questions A week from tonight, Logansport residents and those outside Logansport who purchase electricity from the Logansport Municipal Utilities will have a chance to find out some things for themselves. A free forum at McHale Performing Arts Center will feat

    April 16, 2014

  • PUBLIC FORUM: The people are losing control of its government The people are losing control of government President Obama and progressive Democrats and Republicans are changing the landscape of our country by bypassing our Constitution and what our forefathers fought and gave their lives for. Their philosophy c

    April 16, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Health care fraud can't go unchecked National health care spending tops $2.7 trillion annually. That leaves a lot of room, and temptation, for abuse of a bureaucracy that administers medical services. Medicare and Medicaid scams may cost taxpayers more than $98 billion each year. Health

    April 15, 2014

  • MARCUS: Truth is often unwelcome Jim Feelwright greeted me warmly as I entered the room: “Well, here he is, Mr. Negative.” Since it was a friendly meeting, I borrowed a famous line from the movies: “You can’t handle the truth.” “You,” he said, “just don’t want to see what’s really h

    April 15, 2014

  • VILLAGE IDIOT: Signs of spring finally upon us Today I saw my first crocus popping up after the long winter. It was in a picture a friend posted on Facebook. Suddenly, it seemed everyone was posting pictures of buds on trees, robins on the lawn, green shoots coming up in the garden. It was almost

    April 15, 2014

  • PUBLIC FORUM: Letters for Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Thankful to community for its care, prayers Thank you to Kyle Rans, Harrison-Metzger-Rans, Guardian Angels Hospice, Royal Center first responders and ambulance drivers for the gentle care and comforting words extended to our family. Thank you to the

    April 15, 2014

  • Brian Bosma BOSMA: House Republicans achieve legislative priorities When the General Assembly began its work last November, as Speaker I pledged a session driven by five main issues: increased road funding, enhanced job training, early childhood education, fair business taxation and cutting government red tape. With

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • LYONS: Taking pity on the Plutocrats "Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that belie

    April 14, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should e-cigarette marketing be regulated like tobacco?

Yes
No
Unsure
     View Results
Featured Ads
AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.