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Donnelly delivers jobs message
Madison one stop on new senator's statewide tour
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 10:00 AM
DONNELLY MAKES MADISON VISIT: Laser operator Rick Hart explains his job to U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly during Donnelly’s tour of Vehicle Service Group in Madison on Monday. Donnelly is visiting 18 Indiana communities this week. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie)
In his first visit to Madison since winning election, Sen. Joe Donnelly toured Vehicle Service Group to talk with management and workers about issues they and other Hoosiers face.
"You are the heart and soul of America's economy," Donnelly said to workers after his tour of the facility. "This is where jobs are created, and I've always said the best social program is when mom or dad has a job."
Madison was one stop on Donnelly's "I Work for You" tour. He will visit 18 Indiana communities in four days.
"One of his aides called the Chamber and Economic Development office and said they were looking for a company to tour so he could learn what he can do to assist in bringing jobs to Indiana," Kathy Huffman, Jefferson County EcO15 coordinator, said. "So, with that, as well as his interest in connecting companies and community colleges and educating the workforce, it was my pleasure to line up VSG."
One of the main issues facing Vehicle Service Group, according to Donna Faris - chief financial officer for North and South America - is the cost of providing health care for employees.
Donnelly said over the last two years that a lot of companies have moved toward wellness programs that encourage healthier living habits.
"I think a lot more of it is going toward prevention," Donnelly said. "And hopefully that will reduce that cost as we move forward. Health care costs are an extraordinary challenge," he said.
Donnelly visited Columbus, Lawrenceburg, New Albany and Evansville on Monday. Today he will visit Anderson, Muncie, Fort Wayne and Warsaw. He will also travel to South Bend, Valparaiso, Hammond and West Lafayette.
Donnelly also was updated on the Economic Opportunities through Education by 2015 (EcO15) initiative which focuses on education and careers in advanced manufacturing, health care, hospitality and tourism.
"I think the more connections that Madison has on the state and national level, the better it is for all of us," Huffman said. "Especially when he's interested in education and what it takes to make the company successful."
PHOTOS: Donnelly delivers jobs message
On Tues. 4-15-14, I spoke with a representative from The Madison Courier about the front page coverage of Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in Carrollton KY.blasting the Affordable Care Act. I asked, "Wouldn't it make more sense to get the opinions of the health care workers instead of McConnelly's biased take on the subject?" I was told that info was being gathered. I'm interested to see front page coverage on their
opinions when the info is in.
Also, when I asked why we don't see more on Joe Donnelly (D-IN) the answer was," We covered him about a month ago...or maybe six
weeks." Okay, I looked it up. It was almost a year ago in May 2013, and before that, it was Jan. 2013.
Another question I had "Why don't we see more unbiased coverage about President Obama? Maybe some front page news instead if sticking it on the back page? I can probably count on one hand the times I've seen him on the front page for the good he's done. If he makes a mistake, you can bet he'll show up front and center." The answer for that question was..."Really?"
What I would like to get across is IN MY OPINION we need some UNBIASED, RELIABLE, NEWSWORTHY reporting on our government representatives in order to make good decisions on who we're putting in charge of our states, our country and therefore our lives.
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