For many, Indiana has always been the place we call home because of our connections to strong communities and Hoosier values. Others are drawn to our state for its low cost of living, long-term fiscal stability, welcoming business climate, investments in infrastructure and commitment to supporting our youth.
Indiana's dedication of living within our means and planning for unforeseen economic downturns by establishing a rainy day fund put us in a far-better financial situation than many others, especially during the pandemic. Our commitment to fiscal responsibility resulted in U.S. News and World Report ranking Indiana the second-best state for "long-term fiscal stability." Hoosiers can count on their tax dollars being wisely invested back into our communities and state.
A 2016 law I supported established a long-term road funding plan to help cities, towns and counties fund local infrastructure projects without burdening future generations with debt. Now, CNBC recognizes our state as No. 1 in the nation for infrastructure. Since the program's inception, $739 million has been awarded to support Hoosier communities and infrastructure projects around the state.
Thanks to our low cost of living and Indiana's Next Level Jobs program, which was established in 2017 through another law I supported, many employers are choosing this state to set up shop. Chief Executive Magazine named Indiana the fifth best state nationally and best in the Midwest for doing business. So far this year, businesses committed to creating more than 23,000 new jobs paying over $27 an hour.
Protecting our youngest Hoosiers is a must, which is why I supported a 2019 law creating an obstetrician-gynecologist navigator program to help expectant mothers get access to critical care and support throughout their pregnancy and after birth. Efforts like this are helping Indiana have the lowest infant mortality rate in its history. Expectant women and mothers can call the MOMS Helpline at 1-844-MCH-MOMS (1-844-624-6667) to find available resources.
With nearly 2,500 Hoosier youth adopted through the Indiana Department of Child Services in the last year, Indiana currently ranks first in the nation for its increase in the number of adoptions from foster care. Increasing funding for DCS, limiting social workers’ caseloads, allowing young Hoosiers to receive foster care services through the age of 21 and establishing an adoption unit within DCS all help our most vulnerable throughout the state.
Recognition and results like these are proof of Indiana's commitment to Hoosiers. I will continue championing policies that put you and your family first and keep our state moving in the right direction.
State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73, which includes
Washington County, and portions of Jackson, Lawrence, Orange, Clark and Harrison counties.
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