NEW ALBANY —
“Are things perfect? No. Are we growing? Yes,” Donnelly said. “I won’t be happy until everyone who wants a job has a job.”
Though issues such as gun control and the North Korean threat have grabbed headlines recently, Donnelly said ensuring people have sufficient employment is still his primary concern. He conceded that partisan ties have led to gridlock in Washington on financial and budgetary issues, but stressed that balance can still be obtained.
“I think a program that is balanced should be something that everyone agrees on,” Donnelly said.
As national lawmakers continue to grapple with suggestions of tighter gun-control laws, Donnelly stuck to his position of being a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.
But he added that gun ownership must be managed in a responsible fashion.
“I believe in background checks,” Donnelly said. “I think if we can find a way to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals [and] the mentally challenged, we should do that.”
Donnelly also visited with 1si members and local leaders in January. Wendy Dant Chesser, president and CEO of One Southern Indiana, said the organization appreciated Donnelly’s willingness to listen to the concerns and ideas of its members. Donnelly fielded questions during a roundtable discussion with 1si members which included local business leaders, elected officials and educators.
“The questions they asked were very pertinent to their bottom line and how they operate their businesses,” Dant Chesser said. “From One Southern Indiana’s perspective, a better informed business owner will produce a stronger business.”