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[r78] Crouch Capitol Connection, helping Hoosiers own their American Dream
Start Date: 10/4/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/4/2012
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Helping Hoosiers own their American Dream

Today a major announcement was made by Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) about our plan to help all Hoosiers in owning their own American Dream. The last few years have been financially difficult for many Hoosier families. We have all had to tighten our belts and work to live within our means; Indiana government included. We have done this so our families can have a brighter tomorrow and ensure that our children and future generations will be better off.

Speaker Bosma outlined three main objectives to help Hoosiers work towards the future by creating the right environment to get Hoosiers back to work and ensure they have the skills and education needed to secure high-quality jobs.

First, we will work to bridge the skills gap. The legislation we have passed in recent years has allowed Indiana to become number one in the Midwest, and number five in the nation do business in. Southwest Indiana is setting a trend of attracting jobs for Hoosiers and I’m pleased with our progress. However, many manufacturers have job openings that they are unable to fill because they cannot find individuals with the right training and skills sets to perform the duties. 

We are going to work on increasing and supporting dual credit programs through our high schools and universities. This will also include strengthening partnerships between industry leaders and our higher education institutions so that they can work together to create programs for our students interested in entering the manufacturing field. 

Second, our goal is create leaders in the classrooms so that our students can be leaders in life. There is currently a strong demand for individuals with an education in the science, technology, engineering and math fields (STEM). In fact, there are 2.4 STEM jobs for every one unemployed person according to a recent report by the Change the Equation in Partnership with the American Institutes for Research. On top of this, we will focus on promoting early childhood education and expanding education opportunities for all Hoosier families.

The third goal is to financially secure future generations of Hoosiers. Just as we did two years ago, we will pass a balanced budget that ensures we continue to live within our means. This will include eliminating wasteful government spending through the work of committees such as the one I serve on, the Select Committee on Government Reduction. We will also work together to make strategic investments and restorations in the upcoming budget. 

Indiana is financially one of the strongest states in the nation. In fact, we are one of nine states that now have a triple-A rating from all three agencies: Standard & Poor’s, Fitch, and Moody’s. Unfortunately, in September, the national debt surpassed the $16 trillion mark for the first time, which essentially equates to $50,000 in debt for every man, woman and child in the U.S. In Indiana this will not be the path we set for Hoosiers and the future of our children and families.

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State Rep. Suzanne Crouch (R-Evansville)

Contact Information:
Name: Ali Norman
Phone: 317-232-9824
Email: anorman@iga.in.gov
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