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[r33] Own your American Dream
Start Date: 10/21/2012Start Time: 3:00 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. State Rep. Bill Davis (R-Portland) is looking forward to working towards these goals.

“Many Hoosier families, including my own, have had to tighten their belts over the last few years in order to live within their means,” said Rep. Davis. “Indiana’s government will be no different and my colleagues and I will create a balanced budget just as we did two years ago. 

“One of my top priorities has been, and continues to be, bringing high-quality jobs to Indiana so that Hoosiers can get back to work. We want to ensure that the next generation of Hoosiers will enjoy a better quality of life than their parents; and we can do that by equipping them with the skills and education they need to enter the workforce and by making sure Indiana continues to be one of the strongest fiscal states in the nation.”

“The two most important ways to improve life for the next generation are through the creation of high wage jobs and an education that prepares our young people for the realities of the workforce.  The work of the next General Assembly must focus on these critical issues.

“House Republicans have also spearheaded the concept that our state must live within its means. That simple fiscal principal has made our state the envy of the nation.  In addition to that cornerstone, we will continue to focus on a bright future focused on job creation and education improvement,” said Speaker Bosma. 

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

Financial Security for Future Generations

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.  

“I have worked during my tenure as a state representative to enhance the partnerships between our local schools and educational groups,” said Rep. Davis. “But in order to help our students secure the high-quality jobs being offered in our state, we must also focus on strengthening the partnerships between industry and higher education leaders, improving career and technical education in our high schools, and increasing and supporting dual credit programs.

“I believe that then our students will be able to enter the workforce confidently and competently,” said Rep. Davis.

“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.  

Leaders in Classrooms; Leaders in Life

“I know we have many excellent teachers in our schools, but like much of the nation, we are lacking teachers in crucial areas such as science, technology, engineering and math,” said Rep. Davis. “In order to say our children are receiving the best education possible, we need to make sure we are reaching global standards and that they do not miss any opportunities due to a lack of knowledge in key areas.” 

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.  
“The positive effects of early childhood education are becoming more and more evident.  Most experts would agree that a strong educational foundation at an early age is a key factor in determining whether or not an individual will be successful later in life.  Now that we have completed our goal of making kindergarten available to every Hoosier family, it’s time to look at additional opportunities, especially for low income families,” said Bosma.

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