Lt. Gov. meets with local officials


Addressing local concerns: Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann (left) talks to Greenfield Mayor Dick Pasco during a Friday meeting at which she addressed a gathering of local elected officials in Greenfield. (Maribeth Vaughn / Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Red tape at the state level makes it tricky to run local government, a group of Hancock County officials told Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann Friday.

Ellspermann visited Greenfield Friday morning, meeting first with about 20 elected officials before sitting down with a group of business representatives at Elanco. Wrapping up her “listen and learn tour” by visiting the James Whitcomb Riley Home, the first-year lieutenant governor said the concerns raised here are similar to those she’s heard in counties across the state.

“Certainly local government is looking for all the ways it can grow and meet its budget challenges,” Ellspermann said. “We don’t ever want to be the one that seems as being the heavy mandator.”

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