The 2019 legislative session recently began, and House lawmakers are eager to start working on solutions to issues impacting Indiana residents. This session, we will work to implement a balanced state budget, increase protections for our young Hoosiers, strengthen our commitment to teachers and students, and promote workforce initiatives. As I vote on these topics on behalf of our area, feedback from the community is incredibly important.
This is a budget year, which means we will be crafting Indiana’s biennial budget that will take effect in July. The state budget funds government operations like K-12 education, higher education and Medicaid. I am committed to supporting another honestly balanced budget that maintains healthy reserves and continues Indiana’s AAA credit rating. With low unemployment in the state, keeping a balanced budget will also allow our nationally ranked business climate to continue prospering.
This session, we will also continue building on school safety policies, increasing access to mental health and student support services, and appropriately funding the Department of Child Services. The state has always maintained a strong commitment to Hoosier educators, and we aim to strengthen that dedication by streamlining education requirements and increasing teacher pay. House Republicans will also work to align education and workforce initiatives to meet the need for qualified workers in high-demand fields.
To ensure I am best representing you and your family at the Statehouse this session, it is important for us to communicate on these topics and others. My annual legislative survey, which was mailed to households and is available online, includes questions about township trustees, education funding, medical marijuana and additional topics that the legislature may address.
Please take time to submit your comments and provide feedback on this year’s survey questions. Your input will help me serve as your voice as I vote on potential new laws. If you receive my survey in the mail, it can be filled out and mailed back before the Jan. 31 deadline, or you can submit the survey online by visiting www.in.gov/h75 and clicking the “2019 Legislative Survey” button. I appreciate your participation and look forward to representing our area.
State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.