INDIANAPOLIS— State Senator Tim
Skinner (D-Terre Haute) has authored several bills for the 2013 legislative
session. Sen. Skinner’s proposals include bills to help keep Hoosier workers on
the job, incentivize businesses to hire Indiana workers and rebuild local roads
Work sharing to avoid temporary
Senate Bill (SB) 438 would
establish a program designed to help employers retain skilled workers during
times of economic uncertainly. A “work-share” program
allows employers to reduce the work week of their employees
in lieu of layoffs. The affected employees would receive the partial
unemployment benefit based on the amount of hours they were able to work for
their employer. It requires an employer
to submit a work sharing plan for approval by the commissioner of the
Department of Workforce Development.
Tax credit for hiring returning
To help curb a disproportionately
high unemployment rate among returning Indiana veterans, SB 504 would
help incentivize Indiana businesses to hire returning veterans. Employers would
receive $1,000 of credit for each eligible veteran hired.
quality and maintenance of Indiana roads, bridges and other infrastructure is
an essential component of economic development and quality of life. SB 150
would establish a funding mechanism to help counties and municipalities fund
critical infrastructure construction and repair projects. The bill would
appropriate $1.5 million to the Highway Revolving Loan Fund, and the Indiana
Department of Transportation would determine the application process for a loan
as well as the terms of loans. Certain basic parameters of the loans are
included in this bill, such as loans may not exceed 25 years and the interest
rate on loans may not exceed 2%.
would allow that part of the sales tax collected on gasoline sales to be
allocated to counties, cities and towns for road and street improvements each
quarter. The bill specifies that the sales tax on that part of the retail price
of gasoline that exceeds $3 would be allocated to cities and towns across
Indiana to improve local streets and roads. SB 505 would match the state’s gas sales tax rate to
the rate of inflation as a way to make certain funding for the maintenance of
local infrastructure keeps up with demand.
restraint systems for children
would strengthen the law surrounding the proper use of child safety seats. This
legislation aims to ensure Hoosier children are buckled up appropriately and
stems from an accident resulting in the tragic death of a local child.
Teacher retirement benefit
SB 442 would
protect the pension benefits of qualified past retired teachers. The proposal
would allow that the pension portion of the monthly benefit payment to a member
of the Indiana state Teachers’ Retirement Fund (TRF) who retired before 1980
with at least twenty years of experience may not be less than $500.
Military Service Credit
For Hooisers who served in our
nation’s armed forces and went on to teach, SB 439 would grant up to six
years of service credit towards the Teachers' Retirement Fund (TRF). The
initiative would also allow members of the 1977 Police Officers' and
Firefighters' Pension and Disability Fund (1977 Fund) to apply up to six years
of military service.
Sen. Skinner represents Senate District 38,
including Vigo County and portions of Clay County. For more information on Sen.
Skinner, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call
1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/s38.
A photo of Sen. Tim Skinner can be downloaded at http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_democrats/images/headshots/Skinner.jpg