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Indiana's Lt. Governor has been going around the state since May meeting with local elected officials and business leaders to learn about the strengths, challenges and priorities in each of the state's 92 counties.
Sue Ellspermann said during her visit to Bartholomew County Friday that she learned about the county's problem with heroin, meth and prescription drugs. She added that many leaders around the state are also concerned with property tax caps and unfunded mandates as to how the state is pushing down costs into local units of government.
Ellspermann says as she goes across the state, the one common theme that is on the minds of business and agricultural leaders deals with the workforce. She says Columbus and Bartholomew County is blessed to have many good businesses there that want to expand, but there are challenges in finding the workforce that's ready for those jobs.
"Certainly the governor and I are extremely committed to doing what we can as a state to ensure that we have that work ready workforce and our career and technical education ramping up," Ellspermann said. "So certainly I think we're hearing the need and we'll respond as rapidly as we can."
The Lt. Governor says she hopes to wrap up her tour of the state by Thanksgiving and take the things she had learned back to the Statehouse so solutions can be found.
Last Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 12:32:04 PM
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