Kokomo Perspective 04 17 2019 E Edition Page A1

Last week work iciallybeganonanew, 3,450-square-foot credit union on Dixon Road as one local credit union announced a merger with another Indianapolis- based institution. Last Wednesday a groundbreaking ceremony was held to kick off construction on the incoming Financial Center First Credit Union, which comes as the announced merger of Kokomo Heritage Federal Credit Union and Financial Center. The new credit union, which will be located at the corner of Dixon and Boulevard, is expected to include a financial library, interactive kiosks where members can access online financial education platforms, state-of-the- art conference ices,as well as a 1,000-square- foot education center that will host free financial education classes and serve as a free community meeting space for local groups and clubs. But Financial Center First Credit Union's chief executive icer and president Kevin Ryan also noted that while big It's an issue some believe costs the state $400 million annually in tax revenue, but attempts this year to study payroll tax fraud fell short at the Statehouse. Multiple bills aimed at studying the issue of payroll tax fraud in Indiana sputtered during this year's state legislative session, all of which failed to receive a hearing in the House Committee on Employment, Labor, and Pensions. Some estimates indicate the practice, which involves businesses misclassifying workers as independent contractors instead of employees, results in the state losing out on hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue while also depriving employees of benefits. The lost tax revenue, and the unfair advantage the practice gives contractors bidding on construction projects, has both state lawmakers and union leaders shining a light on the practice. Chet Fincher, the business representative and financial secretary for Carpenters Union 615, is among them as he touted a tax fraud day of action planned for Monday. Put on through the Indiana/Kentucky/ Ohio Regional Council MORE THAN 31,000 DISTRIBUTED WEEKLY & MORE THAN 320,000 MONTHLY PAGE VIEWS AT KOKOMOPERSPECTIVE.COM Kokomoperspective.com 209 N. Main St. - Kokomo 765.452.0055 April 17, 2019 Inside: Section C PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID KOKOMO, IN PERMIT NO. 60 **************ECRWSSEDDM************** Residential & Business Customer Financial A2 April 17, 2019 April 17 2019 Inside: Secion C by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com S U M M E R S F O R M AYO R E X P E R I E N C E M AT T E R S Over 20 yrs. Kokomo Police Officer City of kokomo Street Dept. Kokomo City Council - 2 terms Kokomo School board Carver Community Center Big Brothers Big Sisters Cops 4 Kidz KPD Jr. Police Academy Dare Instructor C O M M U N I T Y M I N D E D PAID FOR BY CITIZENS TO ELECT KEVIN SUMMERS MAYOR Fraud A8 Perspective Photo / Slater Young SOUND OFF - Forum moderator Peg Harmon listens to District 3 Democratic candidates Cathy Cox-Stover and John Wright tackle this year's hot button issues. Forum A10 Grand Re-Opening! Luxury Living at Affordable Rates The Tornado Took Us Down But Not Out! 765-455-2680 1901 S. Park Rd Perspective Photo / Devin Zimmerman NEW DEVELOPMENT - Officials with Financial Center First Credit Union break ground. Lawmakers' attempts to study tax fraud sputter Carpenters union hold tax fraud day of action at state capital Perspective Photo / Devin Zimmerman CONSTRUCTION - Mike Kistler, member of Carpenters Union 615, works at Kokomo Municipal Stadium. Few blows were traded between the candidates during last week's forum held for this year's primary city council races, but issues concerning public safety and infrastructure took center stage. Last week the year's irst candidate forum in the municipal election primaries was held, giving the public its first big opportunity to hear the candidates' takes on multiple topics. Put on by the Kokomo Perspective, Kokomo Tribune, Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, and Howard County League of Women Voters, the event consisted of the Democratic primary for the District 3 seat on the Kokomo Common Council, as well as Republican primary for at-large candidates. Up first were Democrats Cathy Cox- Stover and John Wright, who both hope to succeed Janie Young as the representative on the council for District 3. Young announced she would not seek reelection earlier this year. Wright is a native of Kokomo who worked with the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 20 before retiring. Like Wright, Cox-Stover is a political newcomer this year, and she possesses extensive experience on a myriad of local boards, such as the Kokomo Parks Board and Kokomo-Howard County Public Library. She's also a retiree from GM. The opening statements from the by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Council candidates sound offon public safety, infrastructure, the future Primary candidates in District 3 and Republican at-large debate the issues

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