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New Year and 2014 legislative session
Start Date: 12/31/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 12/31/2013
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New Year and 2014 legislative session

Happy New Year! It is 2014 and with a new year comes a fresh start and great anticipation for the year ahead. I hope everyone has had a relaxing and memorable holiday season – I know that I enjoyed the quality time with my friends and family on Christmas and the week following. This time of year is always my favorite as communities, schools and families come together during the holiday season to give back to those who are less fortunate.  

The charitable nature of our community is always on display. I haven’t met someone in our community who isn’t willing to lend a helping hand or to be there for someone in need. This is what makes this time of year so special as we see it on display all over Hamilton County. Local residents, businesses, churches, organizations and more continue to answer the call every day, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

We are now rapidly approaching the 2014 session. The first day of session will be January 6. While the New Year brings new opportunities for Hoosiers, it also gives the Legislature another session to put forth legislation that will keep Indiana moving in the right direction. Speaker of the House Brian Bosma provided an ambitious vision for the House of Representatives when he delivered his Organization Day speech. He laid out his intention to tackle the following topics this session: the skills gap, early childhood education, road funding and fair business taxation. These issues will be the top priorities, but we will certainly look at other topics. 

In looking back at 2013, Indiana has continued to shine on the national stage in attracting private sector jobs. In November alone, the Hoosier state gained 25,300 private sector jobs – the largest one-month increase in Indiana on record. We led the nation in percentage of private sector job growth at 9 percent and was 2nd in the total number of jobs added. 

The summer months showed a recovering economy that has continued to get stronger; more job opportunities became available and more Hoosiers got back to work. Indiana's unemployment rate has declined to 7.3 percent, currently lower than all neighboring states. While, I’m still not content with the number of Hoosiers that are unemployed, it is worth noting that fewer Hoosiers are now unemployed than in November of 2008 when the recession hit. Progress is being made, and I want to keep that momentum going.

This session, I want to keep our foot on the gas pedal and sustain Indiana’s upward trajectory. Hoosiers have the drive and determination to succeed in today’s marketplace – the government can do a better job of getting out of the way of small businesses. I will continue to work on establishing the best platform for all Hoosiers to achieve their success whether it is students in the classroom or professionals in the workplace.

I know I have said this before, but I can’t say it enough. The most critical component of our democratic system of governance is civic engagement. Each of us has a voice to be heard on the topics that matter most to us and our families. We all share in the decisions made at each level of government, and we have a role to play in its outcome.

New opportunities and challenges will come with 2014, and I’m looking forward to facing them head-on with the mindset that Indiana can accomplish anything if we work together. Please continue to write, call and stop to chat with me when you’re out in the community, so I can best represent our district. I can be reached via email at h29@iga.in.gov or by phone at 317-232-9647.

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Name: Nicholas Goodwin
Phone: (317) 232-9831
Email: nicholas.goodwin@iga.in.gov
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