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State Senate Update by Sen. Sue Glick

Visit the Indiana State Fair

Summer is in full swing and it’s almost time for one of our state’s largest celebrations, the Indiana State Fair. The State Fair runs August 1-17 in Indianapolis and offers a variety of events and festivities that are sure to entertain people of all ages.

Additionally, the state fair serves as a capstone of the hard work completed by more than 17,000 Hoosier 4-H exhibitors who participate in the fair.

To help 4-H members better prepare for and attend the fair, the Indiana General Assembly passed a new law allowing students in good academic standing up to five excused absences from school to participate in educational activities at the state fair.

Students must submit a signed letter of request from their parent or guardian to local school officials for approval.

The Indiana State Fair and 4-H are valuable to our youth, agriculture and economy. I encourage you and your family to attend the fair and partake in one of Indiana’s greatest traditions.

Indiana leads in manufacturing

Indiana was recently named one of the top five states for manufacturing environment, earning an “A” grade in Ball State University’s 2014 Manufacturing and Logistics Report.

The report is often used by companies to predict areas of economic growth so they can make better decisions about where to expand. A number of factors were used in the full report, including the health of current manufacturing, overall tax climate and global reach.

Indiana is proving to be a strong leader across the board and paving the way for continued economic success. Over the past year, we have led the nation in manufacturing job growth and our overall labor force has grown by nearly 47,000.

However, there is always room for improvement. This summer and fall, legislative study committees will consider more ways to attract jobs for Hoosiers and boost economic growth.

As always, please contact me with your thoughts or concerns by emailing me at Senator.Glick @iga.in.gov or call 1-800-382-9467.