Melton: Victory for Hoosiers after superintendent selection bill fails in Senate

INDIANAPOLIS – Freshman legislator State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville) released the following statement after Senate Bill (SB) 179 failed to pass the Senate floor by a vote of 23-26 on Monday. SB 179 would have made the State Superintendent of Public Instruction a governor-appointed position, rather than a publicly-elected one. “This is the only single-issue office [...]

2017-02-21T11:22:38+00:00 February 20th, 2017|

Melton, Mrvan dismantle long term payday loan bill

INDIANAPOLIS – On Thursday, State Senators Eddie Melton (D-Merriville) and Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond) worked together to defeat Senate Bill (SB) 245 in the Senate Insurance and Finance Committee. Similar forms of the bill have been offered in the past and failed to move out of committee. During SB 245’s testimony, faith-based organizations and consumer advocacy groups [...]

2017-02-20T09:50:03+00:00 February 17th, 2017|

Editorial: Melton planning solution for Gary schools’ funding crisis

The Gary Community School Corporation (GCSC) is currently experiencing an unprecedented financial crisis unlike any school corporation has ever experienced in the State of Indiana. The GCSC projects an operating deficit of $8.5 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 and $6.7 million in FY 2018. As of July 1, 2017, the corporation will have an [...]

2017-02-02T10:26:27+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|

Melton legislation focuses on education, loans

INDIANAPOLIS – State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville) has authored a number of initiatives to be considered by the General Assembly including bills focusing on regional training facilities, education issues and small loans. Regional training facility for unemployed Senate Bill (SB) 484 requires the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (NWIRDA) to conduct a study of the [...]

2017-01-27T16:04:06+00:00 January 27th, 2017|

Senator Melton named ranking Democrat of Senate committees

INDIANAPOLIS – Senator Eddie Melton (D-Gary) has been appointed to serve as ranking Democrat of the Senate Education and Career Development committee and the Natural Resources committee for the first session of the 120th General Assembly. Sen. Melton has also been appointed to five additional Senate standing committees: Agriculture, Homeland Security and Transportation, Insurance and [...]

2017-01-11T14:31:07+00:00 January 11th, 2017|

Melton: Gary school funding solutions

INDIANAPOLIS – On Thursday, State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Gary) issued the following statement after the failure of a public referendum regarding funding for the Gary Community School Corporation. “Like many citizens, I share the concerns that our community has regarding the future of the Gary Community School Corporation and its current financial state. GCSC continues [...]

2017-01-11T14:16:03+00:00 January 11th, 2017|

Melton: Universal pre-K the right move for Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS – Education is one of the most valuable resources a state can provide to its citizens that also has overwhelmingly positive returns. The greater level of education one receives the less likely they are to be incarcerated, the more likely they are to attend a public university and be the type of skilled worker [...]

2016-12-15T15:20:27+00:00 December 15th, 2016|