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Indiana Lieutenant Governor Plans To Push For Reforms

Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman outlined Tuesday her hopes for the legislative session.

Becky Skillman with Governor Mitch Daniels

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Some of the reforms Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman wants to see pass in this session also align with Governor Mitch Daniels plans.

Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman will push for a number of local government reforms in the legislative session.

Some of Skillman’s legislative agenda also incorporates items the governor is also including pushing for township government reform, anti-nepotism and conflict of interest statutes. A major portion of her proposal will focus on putting financial control back into local hands. That includes allowing local governments to transfer surplus money between different funds and giving cities, towns and counties the ability to seek referendums for additional operating expenses – the same way schools can.

“There are times when local leaders feel that their hands have been tied by legislative action and they have little to no local flexibility,” Skillman says.

Skillman says while she does not expect support from local government leaders on all her proposals, she has found broad support when meeting with them for many of the items on her agenda.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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