Indiana lawmakers speak on coronavirus response

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INDIANA (WEHT)- Will the doors swing open for a reopening of Indiana’s economy? We should know Friday.

Governor Holcomb is scheduled to reveal his plan on the current stay at home order at his Friday briefing.

Thursday night state and federal lawmakers met for a virtual town hall to talk about where we are right now. A lot of questions were asked by people all over the state. Eighth district Congressman Larry Bucshon and Senators Mike Braun and Todd Young were involved in the event.

This was not your typical town hall meeting. With the latest technology, the people and those representing them met online through their computers, laptops, and phones.

The stay at home order in effect for the state ends May first at midnight. The lawmakers were asked if they felt the state was ready to reopen the economy starting then. Many raised their hand to answer yes.

One question, in particular, posed directly to U.S. Senator Mike Braun about small businesses that have struggled or closed.

“Small businesses did not necessarily have the lines of credit they did not have the cash reserves. Many people that run small businesses live out of them. I was disappointed in the first round of PPP the rules and guide that we didn’t have the rules in guidance that we’re going to help the smallest of the small,” U.S. Senator Mike Braun says.

Here at home, someone from Newburgh asked for information about returning to work at Tropicana. Congressman Larry Bucshon says science should play a roll in its reopening.

“And that would include. I also think that governor Holcomb and his administration has done a good job at the state level and I’m going to rely on for the medical data on whether or not it’s safe or not to re-open these type of facilities,” Bucshon explains. “There’s no good answer to the question is a very difficult problem to solve but I’m hopeful that we can soon get those type of places back up. But the medical reality is right now I don’t think we’re quite there.”

U.S. Senator Todd Young says plans are in the works to make sure Americans can safely return to work.

“Our objective is to ensure that everyone gets back to work and resumes some semblance of normalcy as quickly as possible and I think that here in the state of Indiana we’re sticking the landing,” Young says.

Many of the lawmakers say they’re ready to get back to work so they can continue to help the people they serve.

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(This story was originally published on April 30, 2020)

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