first_img Farmers Called to Act on Statehouse Legislation Bob KraftAs the short session of the Indiana General Assembly winds down, several key pieces of legislation that will impact farmers are in need of action. Indiana Farm Bureau is calling on its members to lobby lawmakers on two key issues: farmland assessment and inheritance taxes.  The State Department of Local Government Finance has released new regulations on the assessment of farmland that take into account soil fertility factors. These new regulations were announced just a few weeks before assessment was to begin.  “The bottom line is that this would increase assessment by as much as 60% in some cases,” says Bob Kraft with Indiana Farm Bureau.  Legislators in both houses are upset with the last minute revisions.  In the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday, Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) offered an amendment to HB 1190 (Rep. Suzanne Crouch, R-Evansville & Sen. Hershman) that will delay the effective date of the new DLGF rules by a year.  House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Jeff Espich has indicated that he expects a similar amendment on a Senate bill in his committee. Kraft is urging farmers to contact lawmakers to express support for a delay in the implementation of the new rules. Another issue requires farmer support is efforts to eliminate the Indiana inheritance tax. On Thursday in the House Ways & Means Committee, Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero) presented SB 293 rather than the author, Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown).  SB 293 includes changes to the exemptions in the inheritance tax law and contains phase-down language.  As the bill left the Senate, it does not completely eliminate the inheritance tax.  Farm Bureau’s Katrina Hall testified in favor of the bill, noting how dramatically IFB members are affected by inheritance tax and stressed preference for the complete elimination language that is included in HB 1199, authored by Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero).  HB 1199 phases-out the inheritance tax over 10 years starting two years from now.  HB 1199 has not yet been scheduled for a hearing in the Senate. Kraft is urging Farm Bureau members to lobby lawmakers for the elimination of the tax. SHARE SHARE By Gary Truitt – Feb 21, 2012 Kraft said IFB is also seeking farmer support for legislation that would prevent cities and towns from having jurisdiction over aquifers.  The House Utilities Committee heard testimony on SB 132 (Sen. Beverly Gard, R-Greenfield & Rep. Dave Wolkins, R-Winona Lake).  The bill will require the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to collect, compile, and publicize in the aggregate data regarding water use by water utilities in Indiana.  The controversial portion of the bill is a section that would exclude underground aquifers from the definition of “watercourse” as that term is used in several statutes that give cities and towns the authority to regulate “watercourses” ten miles outside their municipal boundaries.  A Supreme Court decision last fall concluded that municipalities had the authority to regulate aquifers.  This means that a town could require a farmer to obtain a permit to pump water from the aquifer with a well on the farmer’s property, or they could prohibit the withdrawal of water altogether.  It could also set up a race among municipalities that are within ten miles of one another to claim the aquifer first.  Farm Bureau is one of the strongest voices calling for the legislative reversal of the Supreme Court’s decision to include aquifers in the definition of “watercourse.” At the hearing last Wednesday, Farm Bureau’s Justin Schneider testified in support of the bill.  The Indiana Association of Cities & Towns and several mayors testified against reversing the Supreme Court’s decision.  Following a lengthy hearing, Committee Chair Jack Lutz (R-Anderson) decided not to take a vote on the bill but announced that a vote would be taken this week.  Legislators are being asked by the mayors of the municipalities in their districts to vote against SB 132.  All legislators need to hear from their constituents who support the bill.center_img Home News Feed Farmers Called to Act on Statehouse Legislation [audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/02/ifbwrap1.mp3|titles=Farmers Called to Act on Statehouse Legislation]Audio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/hoosieragtoday/p/www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/02/ifbwrap1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleCautions Offered For PlantingNext articlePossible Stumbling Blocks for KORUS Gary Truittlast_img read more

first_imgOn Sunday, federal interior minister Amit Shah, one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s closest aides, as well as the chief minister of the southern state of Karnataka, were hospitalized. The chief of the central state of Madhya Pradesh is also recovering in hospital.It was not immediately clear whether Shah’s cabinet colleagues, including the finance minister, had isolated themselves.As infections continue to surge in the country, having registered a record of 57,118 on Saturday, India has also stepped up efforts to test more people and search for a vaccine.The health ministry said on Twitter that the country’s drugs authorities had allowed Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines by volume, to conduct clinical trials of a vaccine candidate developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca Plc.  India’s interior minister and the chiefs of two big states have been hospitalized with COVID-19 as the country’s daily cases topped 50,000 for a fifth straight day on Monday.The country reported 52,972 new confirmed infections in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 1.8 million – the third highest in the world after the United States and Brazil – data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed on Monday.With 771 new deaths, the COVID-19 disease has now killed 38,135 people in India, including that of a minister on Sunday in the most-populous state of Uttar Pradesh. Topics :last_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: The Indian ExpressAdvertisement 9xqmNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbodWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ear( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) p5x5Would you ever consider trying this?😱sblqCan your students do this? 🌚bkatRoller skating! Powered by Firework Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who kicked off his summer in style with a swashbuckling fifty in the first T20I against Sri Lanka has decided to take an indefinite break from the sport. Advertisement Image Courtesy: The Indian ExpressThe team’s psychologist Dr. Michael Lloyd confirmed Maxwell’s decision to take a hiatus through a statement that confirmed that the all-rounder has been struggling with his mental health as of late. Lloyd stated:“Glenn Maxwell has been experiencing some difficulties with regards to his mental health. As a result, he will spend a short time away from the game. Glenn was proactive in identifying these issues and engaging with support staff,”Advertisement The right-handed all-rounder’s decision was met with the utmost support from the Aussie camp with the Executive General Manager adding that the well-being of the players and staff is the utmost priority.Australian head coach also commented on the situation by claiming that Maxwell’s joyful demeanor as a mask while adding that Maxwell has been battling issues with his mental health for about a year now.Advertisement “There have been a few times over the last 12 months where I’ve suspected that he was probably battling a little bit, but mainly in Adelaide last week before the first game,”The amount of traveling and stress that the players endure can often deteriorate mental health which is not a matter to be taken lightly. Apart from the 31-year-old, there are several players who have battled issues with mental health which include Marcus Trescothick, Jonathan Trott, and Maninder Singh.Read Also:India beat Sri Lanka to win the Women’s Emerging Asia Cup 2019Bangladesh players train with pollution mask ahead of 1st T20 in Delhi  Advertisementlast_img read more