Walorski Stops at Shatto Ditch in Kosciusko County

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Walorski’s Get Regulation Out of the Way district-wide tour stops in Mentone

Mentone, Ind. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today stopped in Kosciusko County as part of her district-wide ‘Get Regulation Out of the Way’ (GROW) tour. Over the course of two days, Walorski will visit with manufacturers, local businesses and farms to hear how federal regulations have affected their industry.

During her stop at Shatto Ditch, Walorski toured the two-stage ditch and viewed water data proving that these farming methods are improving water quality.

Since 2012, 500 major federal regulations have been issued, costing farmers, business owners and manufacturers, almost $2 trillion in compliance. A ‘major’ regulation is anything expected to have a $100 million annual effect on the economy. According to the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, business owners have cited regulations as a top impediment to conducting business for over 65 months in a row.

“Agriculture is a significant driver of Indiana’s economy and in many rural counties, like Kosciusko, agriculture is the primary economic activity,” Walorski said. “Unfortunately, burdensome regulations are going to take our farmers out of the fields and require them to spend precious time and resources complying with trivial rules. I’m committed to genuine regulatory reform and will continue to work with my House colleagues to ensure our economy is free to grow by ending job-killing regulations, delivering commonsense solutions to scale back the bureaucracy, and reducing the power and interference of federal bureaucrats.”

Shatto Ditch is a tributary to the Tippecanoe River and drains a watershed with row crops and agriculture, forest, residential areas, and water and wetlands. After showing signs of instability, Shatto Ditch was constructed into a two-stage channel design.

Last month, Walorski supported legislation to prevent burdensome federal regulations from crushing manufacturers with unnecessary costs. H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which requires any rule or regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more to come before Congress for a vote before taking effect.

Click here to view photos from Walorski’s GROW tour.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture, and Chair of Nutrition Subcommittee.

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