As legislators return to the Indiana Statehouse, passing an honestly balanced budget which responsibly funds critical priorities like education and public safety will be our top goal. But there is another priority this year which is critical for every Hoosier: adopting a long-term, sustainable funding plan for Indiana’s road infrastructure.
Few government policies touch so many aspects of Hoosiers’ daily lives. Indiana’s roads and bridges connect our homes, schools, offices, factories and farms, and are indispensable arteries for our manufacturing and logistics based economy. If transportation infrastructure is not placed on a fiscally sustainable path, Indiana’s current long-term economic competitiveness will be undermined. We can’t honestly call ourselves the Crossroads of America with infrastructure inadequate to meet Indiana’s 21st-century economic realities.
Indiana now ranks among the top manufacturing states in the nation and 80 percent of our manufactured goods are transported to worldwide markets across Hoosier highways. Four-fifths of Indiana’s communities are supplied solely by roads. In short, our manufacturing, agriculture, bioscience, pharmaceutical and logistics industries rely heavily on long-term investment in Hoosier roads and bridges for their economic success, and for ours. And, the projected need is significant.
To maintain our current roadways, finish the projects we have already started (like I-69) and build new road capacity for the next generation, the legislative task force charged with studying road funding this summer confirmed that our state highway system requires an average of $1.2 billion in additional annual funding over the next 20 years.
Thanks to our numerous job-creating tax cuts over the past decade, Indiana has the highest rated economy in the Midwest and healthy reserves. However, general fund moneys are already committed to other existing priorities. We need to increase road funding from those who use our state’s infrastructure in order to continue offering a safe, expanded transportation network. Ongoing funding obligations and deferred maintenance will continue to grow until the state faces a Hobson’s choice: an insurmountable funding cliff or job-killing infrastructure in sore need of repair.
Significant progress in infrastructure funding has been made over the last decade. In 2006, Mitch Daniel’s Major Moves Plan fully funded $11 billion in roadway projects and maintenance over 10 years. A fifth of our state’s bridges were rehabilitated or replaced and half of our state’s highways were resurfaced. Lawmakers have since improved ongoing funding by eliminating $140 million in annual diversions from gas taxes, which paid for non-road expenditures, and redirecting a third of the gas sales tax towards roads. Last year, lawmakers provided local communities with more funding tools, created a matching grant program that has already awarded $150 million for qualified local projects and incentivized local governments to adopt best practices for management and maintenance.
While we were making those record investments, Indiana also became the fiscal and regulatory envy of the nation. Hoosiers of every income category have benefited from billions of dollars in tax relief over the last 12 years. Since the enactment of the 2009 property tax caps, renters, homeowners and businesses have saved $5.1 billion. Through 2021, Hoosier taxpayers will save $1.7 billion thanks to recent income tax cuts. We have simultaneously maintained our AAA credit rating and become the highest rated Midwestern economy.
Unfortunately, current road funding tools are inadequate. Hoosier motorists have long understood fuel taxes are the dedicated funding mechanism for our state’s roads. The more we drive, the more we pay. Untouched since 2003 at 18 cents per gallon, our current gasoline tax has lost significant buying power due to inflation, improved fuel efficiency and alternatively-fueled vehicles. Diesel and interstate trucking fuel taxes haven’t been increased since 1988.
Earlier this week, House Republicans unveiled a road funding plan that is data-driven, comprehensive and sustainable. Our plan recoups lost buying power by increasing user fees by 10 cents per gallon on gasoline, diesel and interstate trucking. Moving forward, these fees will be automatically indexed to inflation and Hoosier income growth. As part of our committed goal that all taxes paid at the pump should pay for roads, we will transfer all sales tax on gasoline to the State Highway Fund over four years. Cities, towns and counties will also receive a significant portion of this fuel tax revenue for their local roads and bridges. Our proposal creates another ongoing funding source for local roads through a $15 annual motor vehicle fee and $150 annual fee for electric vehicles.
Our plan restores the conservative principle that users pay for benefits received. Currently, the average Hoosier motorist pays just $19 per month in road-funding taxes. Our plan would cost the average Hoosier motorist an additional $5 per month. Put in perspective, average monthly bills for cell phone service ($53) and cable television ($60) are considerably higher.
If we balk at this challenge, future generations will continue to inherit mountains of debt in deferred maintenance, backlogged projects and bond payments that outlive the assets financed. Indiana’s current road conditions currently cost the average Hoosier motorist $491 in annual repairs. If a long-term plan is not adopted, congestion, delays, frustration and costs will only increase. The cost of living and doing business in Indiana will creep upward and Indiana’s current uber-competitiveness will slip. Ultimately, the heaviest cost of inaction will be foregone economic growth as job creators and investors take their employment opportunities and tax revenues elsewhere. It’s because of this imperative that numerous industry groups, economic development organizations, local governments and labor unions support the House Republican plan.
To Indiana’s founders, infrastructure was a core function of government. They aptly referred to turnpikes and bridges as “internal improvements” and placed responsibility for those improvements squarely on the shoulders of the General Assembly. Today, they constitute essential investments in our state’s future economic success. Anticipating the next 200 years of statehood after celebrating our bicentennial, we Hoosiers must renew our commitment to remaining the Crossroads of America.
Speaker of the House: 2004-2006, 2010-Present
Indiana House of Representatives: 1986-Present
House District 88: Northeast portion of Marion County, a portion of southern Hamilton County and the western part of Hancock County
Occupation: Attorney - Kroger, Gardis & Regas
Education: B.S.E., Purdue University; J.D., Indiana University
Representative Bosma was first elected in 1986 to represent House District 88, which today encompasses the northeast portion of Marion County, a portion of southern Hamilton County and the western part of Hancock County.
As Speaker of the 114th General Assembly, Representative Bosma and the House Republicans worked to revitalize Indiana’s economy, passed the first balanced budget in a decade, adopted the strongest telecommunications reform legislation in the nation, created the position of Inspector General to expose and prevent fraud and corruption in state government, improved education opportunities for Hoosier school children, and addressed the needs of the most vulnerable in our state.
As Speaker of the 117th General Assembly, Bosma made sweeping changes to education reform through the House Republicans “Strengthen Indiana Plan.” He also broke 195 years of institutional tradition by appointing two Democrats to Committee Chair positions. In 2012, Speaker Bosma co-authored legislation making Indiana the 23rd Right to Work state.
Additionally, to encourage greater participation in the legislative process, Speaker Bosma opened House floor proceedings and House committee meetings to all Hoosiers via the Internet.
In the 118th General Assembly, Speaker Bosma along with House Republicans are working to create a budget with fiscal integrity, expanding educational opportunities and providing more opportunities for job creation by addressing the skills gap.
In his private life, Brian is a partner with the law firm of Kroger, Gardis, and Regas, focusing his practice in the areas of local government and environmental law. He was a founding Director of Bosma Industries for the Blind, Inc., which today employs over 85 blind and visually impaired Hoosiers in Central Indiana.
He is a graduate of Purdue University’s School of Engineering (1981) and the Indiana University School of Law (1984). Brian and his wife Cheryl attend Grace Community Church. They have two children: Chris, who is currently a student at the IU School of Medicine, and Allison, who is a chef in Colorado.
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House District 88 includes the northeast corner of Marion County and small portions of Hancock and Hamilton counties.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 16, 2017) – “Hoosier drivers and businesses across our state recognize the critical need for improvements to our roads and bridges. That’s why House Republicans focused on crafting a conservative plan to reform the way we fund infrastructure needs for the Crossroads of America. Reps. Ed Soliday and Tim Brown have worked hard on this legislation, which is centered on data-driven and responsible solutions. Today’s passage of House Bill 1002 marks an important step and is the culmination of a 6-year long process of determining our funding needs and the best options to meet those needs. We look forward to working with our counterparts in the Senate to continue the conversation.”
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2017) – “We are now six weeks into session, and we are finally hearing from the House Democrats on how to address our shared concerns for the future of Indiana’s roads. Their plan would raise taxes, result in cuts to education and jeopardize our state’s AAA credit rating. In the last month alone, we have heard of many jobs and business investments coming to Indiana in direct response to our state’s top-ranked business climate and pro-growth policies. Raising taxes on Hoosier employers is the wrong move and would be a major employment setback for the average worker. The House Republicans have put forth a data-driven and sustainable long-term plan, that reforms the way we pay for our roads and doesn’t harm our state’s fiscal health or business climate,” said Bosma.
“The House Democrat’s proposed plan is missing responsible, sustainable, long-term funding. They do not fully understand our current and future infrastructure needs and they have a plan that is lacking in data to back up their proposal. The door is always open for a bipartisan solution, but we refuse to kick the can down the road. Our plan is backed by years of study, producing a data-driven, lasting solution to Indiana’s infrastructure needs that does not create debt for future generations,” said Soliday.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 20, 2017) – “It’s an exciting and humbling experience to be in our nation’s capital during this historical time for our country and for our state. I’m incredibly proud of my friend, Vice President Mike Pence, and thankful for his service to Indiana. Our country needs strong conservative leadership now more than ever, and I’m optimistic about the future as the Trump Administration takes the helm and addresses our nation’s great challenges.”
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 18, 2017) – “Today, Chief Justice Rush reaffirmed her commitment and dedication to improving our courts through modern technology and supporting Hoosier families – especially children in need. I look forward to continuing our strong partnership with the judicial branch. I’m also thankful for Justice Robert Rucker’s years of service and wish him the best upon his retirement from our state’s highest court.”
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 11, 2017) – “I am pleased to know that our State Board of Education unanimously selected State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick as their chair, and I’m confident she will be a great partner for all stakeholders including the board, Indiana Department of Education, schools and the state legislature. As a teacher, principal and district superintendent, she has the experience and background necessary to serve as a strong leader and I look forward to working with her in her new position.”
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 9, 2017) – “This was a great day for Hoosiers as we formally welcomed Gov. Eric Holcomb, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and other members of our statewide team into office. Eric is laser-focused on taking Indiana to the next level by growing our economy, maintaining fiscal integrity and protecting Hoosier taxpayers. We are fortunate to have him at the helm and to carry the torch passed on by Mitch Daniels and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Under Republican leadership, Indiana leaped into the national spotlight with its top-ranked business climate and strong economy, and I look forward to working with our new team to build on this incredible momentum.”
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 5, 2017) – “Dan Coats has the experience, integrity and knowledge needed to serve as director of national intelligence, and I couldn’t be more proud to have one of Indiana’s own stepping into this critical role. From his time in the U.S. Senate to his experience as the U.S. ambassador to Germany, he has proven to be a true servant leader and patriot who always keeps the best interests of our country in mind."
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 4, 2017) – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and Indiana House Republicans outlined their legislative agenda today and released their long-term road funding plan.
The House Republican agenda, “Investing In Our Future,” focuses on passing a balanced state budget and funding Indiana’s infrastructure needs while supporting education, job creation, workforce development, addiction treatment and public safety.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 2, 2017) - "Tera Klutz's strong background and experience on the local level will position her well as our next state auditor. I look forward to working together to help maintain Indiana's AAA credit rating, strong reserves and commitment to fiscal integrity."
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 19, 2016) – "Our top priority this session is passing a comprehensive, sustainable and responsible road funding plan. Today's recommendations help lay the groundwork as we work toward this goal and consider more sustainable revenue sources to build our infrastructure for the next generation," said House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis). "I'm thankful for the efforts of the task force, especially Representatives Tim Brown and Ed Soliday, who have worked very hard on identifying data-driven solutions that will work for Hoosiers and move Indiana forward."
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 16, 2016) – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) today announced House standing committee assignments for the 120th General Assembly.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 8, 2016) – “Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith’s outstanding leadership has helped Indiana make great strides to improve its top-ranked business climate, attract billions of dollars in investments and create thousands of much-needed jobs. With Governor-elect Eric Holcomb’s selection of Jim Schellinger for this critical post, Hoosiers can rest assured we will continue to build on our economic success story. I’m confident Jim’s experience as the IEDC president and his years of experience as a business leader will help him make a seamless transition into this new role, and I look forward to working together to keep Indiana on a positive track.”
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 1, 2016) – “Today’s announcement is welcome news as over 1,000 hard-working Carrier employees faced looming layoffs. We appreciate the efforts of the incoming administration, including our own Gov. Mike Pence, who followed through on their promise and reached a meaningful agreement to save much-needed jobs. It’s clear that burdensome federal regulations and taxation is crushing American businesses large and small, and there’s more work to be done to ensure American companies can stay competitive and continue to invest in our communities and our workforce. It was an honor to be with the president-elect and vice president-elect today, and I am confident that this is just the beginning."
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 22, 2016) – House lawmakers gathered at the Statehouse today for the ceremonial start of the 2017 legislative session known as Organization Day.
Addressing his colleagues in the House Chamber, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) highlighted the legislative priorities for House Republicans. While passing a balanced state budget and long-term road funding plan top the agenda, Bosma also pledged to support education opportunities, job creation, workforce development, addiction treatment and public safety.
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 22, 2016) – Statehouse lawmakers and Habitat for Humanity are teaming up this legislative session to help build a home for a low-income family and raise awareness of the need for affordable housing.
Indiana House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City), Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) and Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) joined officials from Habitat today to formally announce their partnership.
Note to the Press: Please include the following statement from House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) in your coverage of today’s announcement regarding Governor-elect Eric Holcomb naming Earl Goode as chief of staff.
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 21, 2016) – “Earl Goode is an excellent choice for chief of staff and a strong leader with invaluable experience in the private and public sectors including working for the Daniels’ administration. I look forward to working with Earl again at the Statehouse, as we all focus on making Indiana a better place for Hoosier families and businesses."
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 9, 2016) - Members of the Indiana House Republican Caucus convened today to organize and elect its leadership team.
The caucus re-elected State Rep. Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) to his historic fifth term as Speaker of the House.
"We are ready to move past this unprecedented election season and work on our legislative agenda to help lead Indiana forward," Bosma said. "We have a strong leadership team in place and I look forward to working with our new members, and the new governor and his team. This session, we will keep our focus on continued fiscal integrity, a long-term infrastructure funding plan, and teacher and student focused education opportunities."
STATEHOUSE (October 4, 2016) – "The potential success for the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute continues to grow, and I congratulate the organization's new addition, Prof. Rainer Fischer, who will serve as its chief scientific and innovation officer," said House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis). "This institute plays a critical role in making Indiana a world leader in life sciences innovation and attracting top talent to our state. I look forward to continuing to support their efforts in the future."
STATEHOUSE (July 25, 2016) – "Today’s positive fiscal report is a clear indicator of our state’s continued strong, prudent fiscal management as we continue to hold a structurally balanced budget and healthy reserves under Republican leadership. At a time when many states, like Illinois, are facing budget shortfalls and crushing liabilities, we have kept taxes low for Hoosiers and job creators while making record investments in education and roads. Our strong fiscal discipline, AAA credit rating and our state’s record reserves will allow us to develop a comprehensive and sustainable long-term road funding solution next session."
STATEHOUSE (May 25, 2016) ― The Legislative Council today assigned topics for the General Assembly to study during the legislative interim.
The council includes eight members of the Indiana House of Representatives and eight members of the Indiana Senate. This year, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) serves as chair and Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) serves as vice-chair.
STATEHOUSE (May 18, 2016) – “Sue’s leadership, experience and passion for higher education will be a tremendous asset for Ivy Tech,” said Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis). “Our state’s community college plays a critical role in bridging the skills gap and strengthening the workforce pipeline – especially as more employers look to fill high-skill positions. I’m confident Sue will lead this great institution in a positive direction and I look forward to our continued work together in her new role.”
STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2016) – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) today announced his appointments to a new panel charged with recommending a replacement for the ISTEP test.
INDIANAPOLIS (April 19, 2016) – “Today's decision is a win for Hoosiers who reach out in confidence to their legislators for help. Constituents sharing personal information deserve to do so with the assurance that those details will not end up in the media or in their neighbors’ hands. This communication has long been treated as legislative work product and we appreciate our state’s highest court leaving that long-standing practice in place.”
INDIANAPOLIS (April 8, 2016) – "Mr. Richter is once again allowed to sell his brooms on U.S. Postal Service property, and we are identifying with the Indianapolis postmaster the exact location that works at each branch he frequents. I sincerely appreciate the time, compassion and effort of post office officials, both locally and in Chicago, who worked expeditiously to make this right," Bosma said. "Jim has had a long-standing presence in Indianapolis and his personal story and positive attitude are inspiring. It's easy to understand why he had the community rallying behind him."
INDIANAPOLIS (April 7, 2016) – “Hoosier educators are one of Indiana's most critical resources, influencing the lives of thousands of students and shaping the future of our state,” said Bosma, author of House Enrolled Act 1002. “We believe the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship will encourage our best and brightest students to attend college and enter the teaching profession."
Teachers are one of Indiana's most critical resources, touching the lives of thousands of students and shaping the future of our state. Unfortunately, we know from recent teacher licensing data that fewer and fewer Hoosiers are choosing the teaching profession. This session we seized the opportunity to incentivize the best and brightest Hoosier students to enter and stay in Indiana classrooms.
As the Speaker of the Indiana House, I announced some lofty goals for this year’s short legislative session on Organization Day last November. Tackling road and bridge funding issues, protecting and promoting Indiana’s teachers and students, curbing our state’s illegal drug epidemic and replacing the ISTEP test all topped the list. And I made one more pledge – in this season of endless political sniping, the Indiana House would conduct itself in a civil, inclusive and bipartisan fashion. I am pleased to state that Hoosiers are winners on virtually each of these counts.
STATEHOUSE (March 3, 2016) – “It is an honor to join my colleagues today in confirming Eric Holcomb..."
STATEHOUSE (March 2, 2016) – "Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann has the heart of a servant leader..."
STATEHOUSE (March 1, 2016) – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) led fellow House members today in honoring the life of Amy Beverland Elementary School Principal Susan Kelley Jordan.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 11, 2016) – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) led fellow House lawmakers today in honoring the Indiana Boys & Girls Clubs for their dedication to helping thousands of Hoosier children and teenagers in need.
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 9, 2016) – “Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann is an extraordinary leader and public servant, who has dedicated herself to serving Hoosiers. I personally wish Sue the best in all of her future endeavors and thank her for her commitment to keeping Indiana on the right track..."
STATEHOUSE (February 9, 2016) ― Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) and Indiana House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) issued the following statement today regarding SCR 27, a resolution honoring Indiana Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson upon his retirement...
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 4, 2016) - "I am saddened by the loss of Governor Edgar Whitcomb and my thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was a personal friend and a true public servant. He will be missed by all who knew him and will be long remembered for his courage and remarkable personal story, which has inspired countless Hoosiers, including this one."
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2016) – As session reached the halfway point this week, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) said House Republicans have moved forward on passing their legislative agenda, which focused on road funding, supporting public educators and curbing illegal drugs.
In total, House members passed 116 bills, sending them to the Senate for consideration.
“House Republicans worked quickly and efficiently on passing all of our priority bills, including a comprehensive, responsible and sustainable road funding plan,” Bosma said. “I am proud of the progress made in the first half on these sound policies and look forward to continuing the momentum."
“House and Senate leaders, the Department of Education and the governor’s office agreed early on that we had to act quickly to ensure teachers and schools were held harmless from the transition to the new ISTEP standards..."
STATEHOUSE – Today the Legislative Council approved the appointment of John Robert “Bob” Rudolph to serve as the Chief Counsel for the Office of Legislative Ethics within the Legislative Services Agency (LSA). House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) was the author of House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1002, the ethics bill which passed in a bipartisan effort during the 2015 legislative session.
STATEHOUSE – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) has appointed Dr. Byron L. Ernest to serve as a member of the Indiana State Board of Education (SBOE).
Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 1 provides for legislative appointments to the SBOE from the Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives as well as the President Pro Tempore of the Indiana State Senate. This will allow legislators to have increased input in the development of education policy in Indiana. SEA 1 will improve the autonomy of the SBOE and will ensure that Hoosier students have access to the best education possible.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) authored House Bill (HB) 1004, creating the Safety P.I.N. (Protecting Indiana’s Newborns) grant program to combat infant mortality in Indiana. The bill was co-authored by House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), State Rep. Hal Slager (R-Schererville) and State Rep. Dave Frizzell (R-Indianapolis) and passed unanimously out of the House today.
“I strongly support the Governor's announcement to issue an Executive Order and immediately funding an outside consultant to solve the problems concerning the drastic increase in the ISTEP+ test. The decision to greatly multiply testing time in 2015 was the Superintendent’s decision alone, and legislators and even the State Board of Education were not consulted or informed of this before the public announcement of the extended test time.
STATEHOUSE – “Today marked a momentous occasion in our state’s history as Indiana’s first woman Chief Justice took the podium to deliver her first State of the Judiciary. I appreciated her call to improve public safety, strengthen families and modernize courts.
STATEHOUSE – “The Governor set exactly the right tone and we are fully aligned in our priorities. House Republicans announced in October our focus would be on crafting an honestly balanced budget, increasing public school funding, fixing the funding formula and addressing important aspects of public safety, namely infant mortality and domestic violence prevention.
STATEHOUSE — House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) is hosting his annual “Tweet Seats” during Governor Mike Pence’s State of the State address on Tuesday. Six prominent twitterviduals from around the state will be in attendance, tweeting live from the Statehouse with updates of Gov. Pence’s address.
House Speaker Brian C. Bosma Organization Day Speech, November 18, 2014
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