Hoosier leaders give their thoughts on the state of COVID-19

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) — Several Indiana elected officials focused on the impact of the pandemic on the state. It was the subject of a virtual Town Hall.

The topics included, reopening business, hazard pay and issues with unemployment pay.

Most Indiana senators and representatives agreed in a virtual Town Hall Thursday by a show of hands that they’d like to see businesses open back up starting May 1.

In fact, it was Senator Mike Braun’s solution for part time workers in the Hoosier state having issues receiving their unemployment pay.

“My focus from here forward is going to be to keep all the discipline in place but be very energetic about rolling this economy in place to where you can get those part time jobs back,” Braun said.

And for those essential workers on the front lines every day, one Hoosier asked our leaders their stance on hazard pay.

Representative Larry Bucshon says it’s a debate he’s willing to have, especially considering his experience in the medical field before his political career.

“I think that citizens that are in that are in the health care field, that are working every day, taking care of people putting themselves at risk … I think this should be a consideration and I think we should get back to Washington D.C. and have that debate on behalf of the people we represent,” he said.

Seeing the Tyson meat plant in Cass County bring in hundreds of cases of COVID-19 through their employees, state preparedness was another topic.

Sentor Todd Young says America needs to rely on their own country as far as manufacturing goes.

“We need to make ourselves more resilient as it relates to our ability to draw in stock piles of essential, personal protective equipment, test kits and other areas,” he said.

Representative Larry Bucshon was asked about the reopening of casinos. He says he doesn’t think it’s the right time to open because there are still medical concerns. He also says the pandemic will have a dramatic impact on the casino industry.

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