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[R63] Continuing our commitment to Indiana’s defense industry
Start Date: 8/22/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 8/22/2014
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Members of the Indiana Legislature and I recently went on the 2014 Legislative Tour of Crane. Each year, Crane Naval Base graciously welcomes us for an interactive tour which includes an overview of their mission areas, hands-on demonstrations from experts as well as discussions regarding future opportunities.

The sheer size of the base is amazing. With a total of five entrances in three different counties, and 100 square miles in between, it is like a small city. Another feature that surprises people is the enormous effect the base has on the state and local economies. In fact, nearly 5,500 Hoosiers work on the Crane base, adding over $2 million a day to our state’s economy! 

With the economic impact and benefit this provides to our community, I have continued to make the preservation of this facility, the 3rd largest Navy instillation in the world, one of my top priorities. This session, I played a direct role in the passage of two new laws in order to strengthen and support Indiana’s defense industry. 

For example, if an active military base is scheduled to close due to federal budget cuts, I sponsored legislation to allow local units of government the opportunity to spend money in actively defending bases located in their county.

Across the country, base realignment is taking place, and this is nothing new. Also with this legislation, local units of government will now have the opportunity to work with federal representatives on designing and implementing financing plans to help keep jobs and production up. This helps to ensure that broad federal decisions regarding the budget and defense appropriations do not negatively impact rural Indiana or the jobs that are tied to these facilities.

I also authored a new law which expands the definition of “military base” to include the Glendora Lake Test Facility in Sullivan County, which Crane uses to conduct defense related activities. Under this new law, a local unit of government is required to notify the commander of the base before taking any action concerning planning or zoning within three miles of the perimeter of the lake, as they are currently required to do around the main base.  

The facts and figures I have shared today illustrate that Crane is not only vital to Martin County and the surrounding area, but also to the entire state. That is why I believe it is imperative that we continue to find ways to support this industry and allow it to flourish. 

Crane is one of Indiana’s largest employers and deserves the opportunity to preempt any actions by the local or federal government that might impede their ability to continue operation. By supporting Crane, we are effectively supporting thousands of Hoosier workers and millions of taxpayer dollars.

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Contact Information:
Name: Courtney Scott
Phone: 317-234-9006
Email: courtney.scott@iga.in.gov
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