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[r25] Indiana on Top
Start Date: 6/6/2013Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 6/6/2013End Time: 8:00 AM
Entry Description
Following session each year, the Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA) publishes a “voting scorecard” as a record of how each legislator voted on bills important to the organization and Indiana’s manufacturing industry. I was glad to see that the IMA gave me a perfect score for my support of business-friendly and jobs-centric legislation. In looking at all the votes cast this session, I am proud to say that I didn’t miss a single vote. Having a 100 percent attendance voting record is arguably the most basic function of my service as your representative, but it is also one of the most important accomplishments.

Almost 600 votes were cast during the 2013 legislative session in the House. Each time we publically cast a vote, we are representing both our view of the issue and the voices of all our constituents. Our votes state that we take our job seriously and that we are doing our best to accurately represent our constituents. We are all subject to the law, so it’s critical that each community has a say in the matters at hand.

According to IMA president and CEO, Patrick Kiely, Indiana has the highest share of manufacturing as a percentage of private industry Gross State Product in the U.S. (29.7 percent) and the highest percentage of the workforce employed in manufacturing (16.4 percent). This ties in very well with the General Assembly’s goal of continuing to facilitate an economic atmosphere conducive to job growth and economic development.

Our goals are being reached according to many sources from all around the country. A May report from Site Selection magazine revealed that Indiana was ranked as the most competitive state for business in the Midwest and the second best nationwide in the Top 10 Competitive States of 2012. 

States were ranked on their ability to attract investment - something Indiana has a proven record of being able to do. Our pro-business, taxpayer-friendly climate was highlighted and ranked highly as a means to continue to attract businesses to Indiana and create jobs for Hoosiers. 

Not only is the Legislature focused on bringing more opportunities here, we are working to help Hoosiers learn and gain necessary job and practical training skills in order to fill open positions. Included in our recently passed biennial budget is a sizeable increase of funding for the WorkINdiana program offered through WorkOne to enable Hoosiers to earn a career certification along with their high school equivalency credential at no cost. WorkINdiana will receive $5 million over the next two years to help fund the 2-year-old occupational skills training initiative. 

WorkINdiana participants can choose from more than 30 certification programs in high wage, high demand industry sectors such as advanced manufacturing, business administration and support, health care, hospitality, information technology or transportation and logistics. 

According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, since WorkINdiana’s inception more than 800 individuals have enrolled in the program with more than 80 percent going on to completion. With the additional state funding, DWD estimates around 1,500 more students can be served in the next year alone. More information about WorkINdiana, including how to enroll, can be found at www.workoneworks.com in the “Job Seekers” section. 

Indiana is leading the nation as a role model of innovation, job creation and education opportunities. We want to continue growing and improving, so if you have any ideas on how to help please let me know by emailing h25@iga.in.gov or calling 317-234-2993.

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State Rep. Don Lehe serves as Chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. He also serves on the Environmental Affairs Committee and the Public Health Committee.  Rep. Lehe represents portions of White, Cass, Carroll, Clinton and Tippecanoe Counties

Contact Information:
Name: Maggie Johnson
Phone: 317-232-9693
Email: majohnso@iga.in.gov
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