Jordan: Important topics of the 2018 session

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The 2018 legislative session is in full swing, with committee hearings and session meetings taking place at the Statehouse. The General Assembly will dedicate the upcoming weeks working toward a better Indiana. I am grateful for the privilege to serve our community, and will work with fellow lawmakers to strengthen Indiana’s workforce, address funding for K-12 education and tackle the opioid epidemic.

Workforce development is a pressing issue for lawmakers. By 2022, there will be nearly 1 million additional jobs that need to be filled in Indiana. One of the House Republican goals this session is to grow Indiana’s economy. Bills will be proposed to help employers fill high-demand, high-wage positions. Legislators will re-evaluate workforce-related programs and work to connect career technical education students with local employers.

A top priority will be a boost in funding for K-12 public schools to account for a higher than expected increase in enrollment. The boost in funding will be in addition to the $7 billion annually Indiana currently spends on K-12 education.

With more than 100 Hoosiers dying each month from drug overdoses, policymakers are joining together to fight the opioid epidemic by further improving community correction programs, expanding treatment programs across the state and accelerating the licensure process for aspiring medical professionals. Legislators will continue to work hard to figure out ways to address this human crisis in Indiana.

I continually strive to foster a culture at the Statehouse focusing on the people’s needs. By addressing the issues regarding Indiana’s workforce, funding for K-12 education and the opioid epidemic, we can help move Indiana forward. As state policymakers consider new laws for Indiana, it is important for us to stay connected. In order for me to effectively continue to represent you, please share your thoughts and comments with me by email at h17@iga.in.gov or by phone at 317-232-9613. You can be assured I personally read every comment and take your input very seriously.

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State Rep. Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) represents House District 17, which includes all of Marshall County and a large portion of Fulton County.

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