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[r26] Rep. Truitt: Own Your American Dream
Start Date: 10/4/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/4/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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Own Your American Dream
Indiana House Republicans introduce agenda centered on Fiscal Integrity, Jobs, and Education 

STATEHOUSE - Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), joined by a dozen of his House Republican colleagues, announced the House Republican Agenda today which focuses on making Indiana a stronger state for future generations.

“My top priorities continue to be job growth and education. These are the key components to Indiana’s prosperity,” said Rep. Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette). “For Hoosiers to be able to get back to work, they need to have the training, skills and know-how to fill the demands of today’s globally dynamic marketplace.”

The House Republicans’ “Own Your American Dream” plan focuses on three key concepts. 

Financial Security for Future Generations

“Addressing jobs or education matters little if we fail to continue our strong record of demanding balanced budgets that forces our state government to live within its means. Our fiscal integrity provides an economic climate that spurs job creation. Hoosier taxpayers deserve nothing less, and our job creation environment will continue to benefit,” said Bosma. 

Indiana is one of only nine states that has a triple-A credit rating from all three credit agencies.  Indiana holds a higher credit rating than the federal government, whose debt has now passed the $16 trillion mark for the first time in our nation’s history.  That equates to more than $50,000 of debt for every man, woman and child in the U.S.

Bridging the Skills Gap

According to the Indiana Vision 2025 report published by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, more than 930,000 Hoosiers lack even the most basic skills to thrive in today’s economy.  

“We have focused over the past decade on creating the best environment in the Midwest through policies that encourage and incentivize companies from all over the world to relocate and grow in Indiana,” said Speaker Bosma. “Now it’s time to focus on ensuring we have a workforce that will meet the needs of a globally dynamic marketplace,” said Bosma. 

By 2018, it is estimated that 55 percent of Indiana’s jobs will require some postsecondary education, but only 33 percent of our current working age Hoosiers have an associate’s degree or higher.  

“We plan to turn our attention to improving career and technical education in High School, increasing and supporting dual credit programs, targeting investment on training programs with high potential and strengthening partnerships between industry and higher education,” said Speaker Bosma.

Leaders in Classrooms; Leaders in Life

“Excellent teachers are one central key to success for young Hoosiers.  We need to continue to look for ways to provide additional support to classroom teachers and ensure we have a strong pipeline to get teachers in hard to fill areas, such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM],” said Speaker Bosma.

Currently there are nearly two and a half STEM jobs for every one unemployed person in Indiana. Despite the economic downturn, these jobs have remained in demand, and will only increase as technology marches on.

At the opposite end of the education spectrum, House Republicans also intend to promote early learning opportunities for young Hoosiers.  

“Indiana’s success has stemmed from fiscal responsibility and investing in our state’s future,” said Rep. Truitt. “I will continue to promote early childhood education and expand education opportunities for Hoosier families. Providing students with the right skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will fill job opportunities currently being created here and abroad.” 

In Indiana, 61 percent of children (ages 3-4) are not enrolled in a preschool program. Only six states have a higher percentage of children not attending a preschool.

“We have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go to reach these critical goals. We won’t be a state that passes problems on to future generations to handle. Through continued fiscal integrity, quality jobs, and strong education opportunities the American Dream can be a reality for future generations of Hoosiers,” said Speaker Bosma.

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Contact Information:
Name: Nicholas Goodwin
Phone: 3172329831
Email: ngoodwin@iga.in.gov
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