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[r68] House Republican Legislative Priorities Achieved
Start Date: 4/27/2013 All Day
End Date: 4/27/2013
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STATEHOUSE - Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), announced the end of session, or Sine Die on Saturday morning, closing out a year of priorities achieved. The House Republican agenda, which was released in October, centered on making Indiana a stronger state for future generations, by focusing on job growth, enhanced education opportunities and fiscal integrity to benefit every Hoosier.

“With a balanced budget, Indiana is more competitive than other states in attracting jobs, and we will continue to see the private sector gains that will build the Hoosier economy,” said State Representative Jud McMillin (R-Brookville). “By providing the largest tax cut in state history, this budget provides certainty in the marketplace and considerably lowers the tax burden facing Hoosiers in Southeast Indiana and throughout the state.”

The House Republicans’ “Own Your American Dream” plan focuses on three key concepts: financial security, matching Hoosier workers with high paying jobs, and making education investments.

Financial Security for Future Generations

Indiana is one of only nine states that has a AAA 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.

“I feel that the most important facet of my position is to help create an environment that will bring jobs to my district and the state,” said Rep. McMillin. “Working towards this goal and by providing considerable tax relief for Hoosiers, we have placed more money back in the hands of our citizens, small-businesses and start-ups which allows them to invest back into the economy.” 

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. 

Designed to improve coordination, communication and vision for Indiana’s workforce training and career preparation systems, the ICC is a panel that will bring the principal stakeholders in the state’s workforce development efforts together to create a stronger plan to move Indiana forward. Members of the ICC will be charged with aligning the education skills and training provided by Indiana’s educational, job skills and career training systems with the existing and projected needs of the state’s job market. The legislation also puts into law a longitudinal data system to track the effectiveness of the state’s educational and workforce programs. 

Leaders in Classrooms; Leaders in Life

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. HEA 1001 creates a STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund and new stipend programs for teachers that are in high demand.

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. The budget creates a Pre-K Matching Program. School choice was also expanded for students with disabilities, special needs, and siblings. There is no longer a requirement for students in failing school districts.

“It is every parent’s hope that their children will be better off than their own generation. But for the first time in history the majority of Americans believe that the next generation will not enjoy a quality of life better than their parents,” said Speaker Bosma. “We have worked together to address these issues instead of passing the problems on to future generations to handle. Through our commitment to fiscal integrity, quality jobs, and providing strong education opportunities to our children, the American Dream can be a reality for future generations of Hoosiers.”

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Contact Information:
Name: Ben Gavelek
Phone: 317-234-9290
Email: bgavelek@iga.in.gov
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