INDIANAPOLIS | State Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, said Indiana
will need experienced hands in the General Assembly next year as
the state confronts possibly its worst budget deficit in
"Unless this economy really turns around really fast, that's
going to be a really tough budget, and we need people that know
what they're doing," Soliday said.
Soliday, 65, a retired airline pilot, has represented the 4th
House District, which includes southern Porter County and portions
of eastern Lake and northern Jasper counties, since 2006.
But Democrat Thomas W. Webber Sr., 74, of Porter Township, said
his experience, including 20 years as a police officer and 30 years
as a lawyer and judge, would serve the district well in the Indiana
"I've been very frugal with the public dollar," Webber said.
Webber and Soliday said they oppose tax increases to raise
If elected, Webber said he'd investigate how and why Gov. Mitch
Daniels recently cut $300 million from public education.
"I think we need as legislators, whether it be me or anybody
else, to be fully informed and be able to see line-item
transparency on how monies are being allocated and spent," Webber
If re-elected to a third term, Soliday said his legislative
agenda would focus on region priorities, including transportation
projects through the Northwest Indiana Regional Development
Authority and a maintenance plan for the nearly finished levees
along the Little Calumet River.
"The primary goal is Northwest Indiana, and the other stuff
comes second," Soliday said.