Davisson: Responsibly funding Hoosier priorities

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Friday, November 30, 2018

The Indiana General Assembly recently met at the Statehouse for Organization Day to ceremonially kick-off the 2019 legislative session. While session doesn’t officially begin until January, I am excited to get back to work on many of the issues that will be considered in the coming months. The state has many priorities this session, but the biggest is creating a responsibly balanced budget.

The state budget provides the fiscal blueprint for state operations for 2019 and 2020. For the last seven years, Indiana has maintained an honestly balanced budget and a AAA bond rating, which lowers the state’s borrowing rates. Our history of sound fiscal choices has propelled our state to a top-rated business climate with a record-low unemployment rate of 3.5 percent. Unlike other states, Indiana is inheriting opportunities, not deficits.

During this legislative session, we will work to sustainably fund education, Medicaid, health and human services, corrections, public safety and capital projects while maintaining healthy reserves. Making responsible, transparent investments is crucial to keeping Indiana moving in the right direction.

The 2019 legislative session begins Jan. 3, and by law must conclude by April 29. During this time, the budget must be agreed upon by the House and Senate, before moving to the governor.

The legislative process for the budget begins in the House where it is presented as a bill. It is then reviewed and revised by my colleagues and myself before being sent to the Senate for further consideration. Once both chambers have made their changes, they will work together to reach an agreement. The final proposal is then sent to the governor for consideration and signing.

A fiscally responsible budget with strong reserves keep Indiana as one of the best states to live, work and raise a family. As your state representative, it is my responsibility to be your voice and make sure Indiana continues to live within its means. If you have any questions or input, contact me at 312-232-9769 or h73@iga.in.gov. You can also keep up to date with session and legislation at iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73,

Washington County, and portions of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties. 

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