Carey Hamilton

January 25, 2009

The Indiana Recycling Coalition is concerned about IDEM's decision to suspend environmental grants to Indiana communities and businesse. During these tough economic times, more than ever, we need to encourage "green jobs" in areas such as recycling, pollution prevention, energy technology development and green manufacturing, to name a few.

In Indiana, we have a first-rate example of our state government encouraging growth in the green economy. Almost two decades ago, the Indiana legislature created several grant and loan programs that have resulted in significant investments in our green economy, including investments in green manufacturing, expanded municipal recycling programs and increased household hazardous waste programs.

Remarkably, none of these programs relies on a cent of property, sales or income tax. Landfill fees pay for these programs whose purpose is solely to improve Indiana's environment.

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