Bosma: Tough budget decisions ahead even as state’s economy fires on all cylinders

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Tuesday, November 20, 2018 2:22 pm

Note to the Press – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) provided the following statement for your coverage of the ceremonial kick off to the legislative session at the Statehouse, known as Organization Day: 

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 20, 2018) – “Our state’s economy and government is hitting on all cylinders, and employers have taken notice. Existing businesses are expanding, entrepreneurs are launching startups and global, high-tech giants like GE, Salesforce and Infosys are relocating to Hoosier soil.

“Despite our successes, many challenges lie ahead. Tough budget decisions include prioritizing the needs of our state’s most vulnerable through the Department of Child Services, ensuring our teachers have more take home pay and improving upon our already strong school safety policies.

“Indiana is at statistical full employment, but the No. 1 need is skilled workers. We will continue to work with the governor to build upon our efforts to skill-up Hoosier workers and match them with employers in high-demand, high-paying industries.  

“This session, Hoosiers expect a balanced budget with no gimmicks and we will deliver. We are committed to working together with our Senate colleagues and Governor Holcomb to fund our state’s priorities while living within our means. We have some heavy lifts this session, but I am confident we will meet these challenges while serving Hoosiers with passion, integrity and civility.”

Bosma, first elected House Speaker in 2004, is the state’s longest-serving speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives. The 2019 legislative session will convene on Jan. 3 and by law must conclude no later than April 29.

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Indiana House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) represents
House District 88, which includes portions of Marion, Hamilton and Hancock counties.