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Northeast Indiana Day: a huge success

Posted: Friday, March 4, 2011

Article submitted by the Regional Chamber of Commerce

Over 65 individuals from Northeast Indiana traveled to our state capitol Tuesday, March 1 to engage lawmakers and other elected officials on behalf of our region. It was a full day of learning the legislative process, advocating on behalf of Northeast Indiana, and participating during a very interesting time.

Members of 12 different local Chambers of Commerce participated in Northeast Indiana Day, including members from our northern counties like LaGrange and Steuben all the way south to Huntington, Wells, and Adams County. Those who participated started their day with a briefing on education reform proposals from Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Tony Bennett.

We then traveled to the new JW Marriott for lunch, where our keynote speaker was House Speaker Brian Bosma. Speaker Bosma shared both his goals for the session, as well as his frustrations over the current walkout, now in its tenth day.

The group received legislative updates on the state budget from Rep. Jeff Espich, an unemployment insurance update from Rep. Dan Leonard, and a Right to Work “Autopsy” from author Jerry Torr. Freshman Senator Jim Banks also shared his experiences from his first two months in session. Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court Randall Shepard shared a different perspective of statehouse activity with the group.

In the afternoon Governor Mitch Daniels stopped by to speak with our group.  He was quite candid with our Northeast Indiana delegation politely referring to his signing HB 1450 (the Unemployment Insurance bill, and one of the bills on the Democrats list of demands) as a way of demonstrating his unwillingness to succumb to pressure from the House Minority Party. Q & A ranged from what federal health care regulations are doing to Indiana’s budget to the list of demands that according to Minority Leader Pat Bauer must be met before House Democrats will return to work (The so-called “Hot Tub Ultimatum”).

It was a full day, before the bus headed back to Northeast Indiana. Thank you to all who attended and made the event possible. Don’t let your engagement end here.