Lugar visits Hobart candy business as part of ‘sweet jobs’ tour

Northwest Indiana Times
By: Deborah Laverty

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar didn’t sugarcoat his message Tuesday as he toured a regional candy company on U.S. 30.

“A spoonful of sugar costs us nearly twice as much in this country because of the federal government’s current sugar policy,” Lugar said.

Lugar, a Republican facing a primary challenge next year from state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, said he is working to change the sugar policy in existence since the New Deal programs enacted in the 1930s.

Prior to the tour of Albanese Nut and Candy Co., Lugar was greeted by Scott Albanese, who heads the family-owned business.

“Tell the government to leave us alone,” Albanese told Lugar. “We appreciate that your are leading the charge.”

Lugar is proposing — as part of the Free Sugar Act of 2011 — to eliminate the federally-mandated program that controls the supply of sugar available to Americans. Lugar said his reform would free small businesses and consumers from paying government-inflated prices.

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