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[R29] House Republican Agenda pt. 3
Start Date: 10/19/2012Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 10/19/2012End Time: 12:30 PM
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House Republican Agenda pt. 3
Fiscal Integrity

As many of you know, I have lived in Noblesville all my life. I feel blessed to have grown up and worked in a state filled with such wonderful, caring, hardworking and resilient people. When the recession struck, countless individuals around the country wondered what kind of future we would be in store for, but Hoosiers did not wait around to find out. 

All over the state, families sat down and worked out how they would tighten their wallets, live within their means and invest in the future. At the Statehouse, House Republicans took the same approach in 2010, announcing our “Strengthen Indiana Plan,” focused on passing a balanced budget with no tax increases.
 
Many states and the federal government passed budgets that focused more on increasing wasteful government spending than finding ways to cut it out, leading to a ballooned and unsustainable amount of debt and crushing taxes on the citizens. Indiana is not one of those states. We looked through our budget for any areas that could help reduce the budget and the burden on tax payers, eliminating more than 40 government boards and commissions and 400 government appointments.

Since January 2005, Indiana has made substantial cuts to its outstanding debt, reducing it from $3.6 billion to $1.7 billion. A decrease of debt by 50 percent is something that all Hoosiers should be proud of, because it is the third lowest debt per capita for state governments. As a result of passing the previous budget Indiana is one of only nine states that has a triple A-credit rating from all three agencies, Standard & Poor’s, Fitch and Moody’s. The National debt surpassed $16 trillion in September, equating to more than $50,000 for every man, woman and child. The national budget may be a complete mess, but Indiana is primed to be an example of what fiscal integrity can do for economic growth. 

Fiscal integrity is one of the main components of the House Republican’s “Own Your American Dream” agenda. Fiscal integrity means we will pass a balanced budget, live within our means, continue eliminating wasteful government spending and make strategic investments and restorations. These steps will continue to cultivate an economic environment where high quality jobs can thrive and multiply. 

Hoosiers continue to demonstrate a dedication to creating a better tomorrow and setting good examples of fiscal integrity for future generations. In the same way Indiana must be an example of fiscal integrity for the rest of the nation, leading the charge in reigning in the increasing federal debt and spending. 

It hasn't been easy and we still have folks struggling, but we have shown that we are not like other states around us and throughout the country. We have and will continue to try and take a common sense Hoosier approach to bringing Indiana forward, showing the country this continues to be a great place to live and raise a family.

The last two weeks I talked about the education parts of our agenda and the importance of helping and supporting great teachers in Indiana’s education system. On Monday, Oct. 15, it was announced that a teacher from our community, Margaret Strnat, is a finalist for the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. 

Margaret has been a fourth grade teacher at Cumberland Road Elementary School for the past seven years, and has been awarded the 2007 IPL Golden Apple Award and 2009 Indiana Association for the Gifted Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted. It is so wonderful that our students are being taught be such talented and passionate teachers.
 
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Contact Information:
Name: Michael Niland
Phone: 317-232-9805
Email: mniland@iga.in.gov
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