Davisson: Funding priorities for the next two years

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Friday, May 12, 2017 12:40 pm

This session, the Indiana General Assembly passed an honestly balanced budget, which funds state operations including public safety, veteran’s programs, substance abuse prevention and workforce development.

To support those who protect our communities, Indiana’s hard-working state law enforcement officers will receive a 24-percent pay increase. The budget also provides increased funding to support veteran service organizations and homeless veterans. In addition, we established a hyperbaric treatment pilot program to help veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their service. The state income tax deduction for military pensions was also increased to help those who have selflessly defended our nation.

In order to address the state’s opioid and heroin epidemic, legislators supported expanding and investing in statewide addiction treatment options. A new law I authored creating mobile addiction treatment teams consisting of healthcare professionals will help serve more rural areas affected by the opioid crisis. These teams will cover high-risk areas and offer counseling, detoxification and medication-assisted treatment to address substance abuse epidemics.

Indiana has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, but nearly 30,000 job positions still remain unfilled. Through legislation passed this session, Workforce Ready Grants will be made available to help cover any remaining tuition and fees for working-age adults seeking certifications in high-wage fields after they receive any state and federal assistance. We also passed legislation aligning career and technical education programs with current and future employer needs.

The U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Indiana as the best-run state in the nation based in large part on our proven dedication to fiscal responsibility. Unlike Washington, D.C., Indiana doesn’t spend more than it takes in and we work together to ensure critical government services and priorities are funded without passing on debt to future generations.

As always, I encourage you to contact me with any questions or input at 317-232-9648 or by email at h73@iga.in.gov. Learn more about the work being done at the Statehouse by signing up to receive my email updates at www.in.gov/h73.

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Rep. Steve Davisson represents Washington County and parts of Orange,

Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties.

 

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