[r18] Rep. Wolkins Claims Victory for 2010 Legislative Session (3/13/2010)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Start Date: 3/13/2010 All Day
End Date: 3/13/2010

Rep. Wolkins Claims Victory for 2010 Legislative Session

STATEHOUSE - State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Winona Lake) claimed victory for the 2010 Legislative Session.

Rep. Wolkins assisted passing three bills, with his votes to which will do what is best for his local communities as well as all of Indiana.

Rep. Wolkins was able to stop the general assembly from having any new tax increases, living within our means and protecting Hoosiers' pockets.

House Bill 1367

Rep. Dave Wolkins voted for House Bill 1367 to allow school funding flexibility.

HB 1367 passed the House by a vote of 97-0.

HB 1367 would permit schools to transfer money from specific funds into the school corporation's general fund.

Schools can transfer up to 5 percent from miscellaneous funds into the school corporations' general fund. A school can transfer up to 10 percent from the below funds into the school corporations' general fund if teachers do not receive a general wage or salary increase in the 2010-2011.

"Schools are not immune to the poor economy and we [House Republicans] worked very hard and made several compromises to get to this point," said Rep. Wolkins. "Hopefully this bill can alleviate some of the challenges and struggles created by the spending cuts."  

Senate Bill 382

Earlier this year, Rep. Wolkins voted for SB 382 one bill allowing the Illiana Expressway to be built without legislative approval.

House Joint Resolution 1

House Joint Resolution 1, one of the most important accomplishments of the session, was passed early on. It would graft property tax caps into the state constitution after being approved by voters on the November ballot.

Rep. Wolkins' vote is giving homeowners, farmers and business owners the chance to cap their own taxes was the most sweeping tax reform Indiana has seen in several decades. The vast majority of Hoosiers want the opportunity to vote on this critical issue.