Other parts of the Indiana Way include support of Indiana’s infrastructure, working toward a better energy policy that includes coal, go after waste and fraud in the federal government, support community and faith based groups, support small business and community banks and protect them from burdensome regulations, build on Indiana’s defense assets and in particular Crane, and he wants to get rid of the estate tax. “Too often we hear stories of family farms that can’t be passed down because the taxes are so high families have to carve them up to pay the taxes,” said Coats.
Coats says those Indiana based ideas and values are what he argues for everyday in Washington D.C. “My duty and responsibility is to be your voice in Washington,” he said.
During the Lincoln Day dinner, the local Republicans honored former chairman and Daviess County Treasurer Martin Mumaw III. Mumaw died of cancer in 2013.
They also presented the Helen Jones awards for outstanding service to the party for 2013 to County Councilman Mike Myers, and for 2014 to Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit.