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State treasurer speaks at Lincoln Day Dinner

LINCOLN DAY: From left are State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-District 50), Kelly Mitchell, state treasurer, and State Sen. Andy Zay (R-District 17) speaking during Thursday night’s Lincoln Day Dinner at Forks of the Wabash.

By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@h-ponline.com

More than 100 Republicans attended the Lincoln Day Dinner Thursday night at Forks of the Wabash, feauring keynote speaker and State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell.

Huntington County Republican Party Chair Rise Buzzard introduced Mitchell.

Mitchell, who is the 55th treasurer for the state, was elected in 2014. She is running for reelection unopposed in the May 8 primary. She also serves as the chair of the Indiana Bond Bank, the Statewide E-911 Board, the Indiana Education Savings Authority and the State Police Pension Trust.

Mitchell discussed the highlights from her time serving as the state’s chief advancement officer, including the 50-year milestone of 911 service.

Huntington was the second place in the country to offer 911 service, after Alabama. Former Congressman Ed Roush was the driving force behind 911.

“We can be proud that Huntington has been a leader in 911 and that Indiana has remained a leader ever since then,” Mitchell said.

She talked about how the State is doing financially.

“Since I have been in office, the State has earned over $100 million in investment income that has been able to be put back into the State,” Mitchell said.

She said there are more than 130,000 new accounts for Hoosiers saving for college, too.

She spoke about Trust Indiana, a program started in 2008 to provide all local governing units an opportunity to invest in a common pool of assets that preserves the public’s funds. Trust Indiana only invests public sector funds in securities and other investments.

“It’s an Indiana money market account and the State’s investment tool where we are celebrating the tenth year,” Mitchell said.

She addressed the 529 College Savings Plan, designated to help families set aside funds for future college and K-12 educational costs.

“We have added over 130,000 in Hoosier savings accounts that can be used for culinary school, mechanical school and out-of-state schools,” Mitchell said. Her two children took advantage of the program and graduated college debt free, she said.