[r20] Rep. Dermody: Keeping Businesses and Retaining Jobs in Indiana is a Must (3/18/2009)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Start Date: 3/18/2009 All Day
End Date: 3/18/2009
(STATEHOUSE) March 18, 2009 - A bill, co-sponsored by State Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte), giving purchasing preference to Indiana businesses and helping create and retain Hoosier jobs, passed out of the House by an 80-17 vote today.

Senate Bill 136 would require the state to not only "Buy American" but also "Buy Indiana" when considering the purchasing of goods and services for state-funded projects.

Rep. Dermody said he supports the measure because it would not only help Hoosier businesses but by purchasing materials, equipment, and durable goods made in Indiana it will strengthen the state's economy.

"This bill is exactly what Hoosiers need right now," Rep. Dermody said. "Indiana not only needs to buy American products but also products made in Indiana. By passing this bill, we are helping Indiana businesses retain and create Hoosier jobs during these difficult times."

SB 136 would help:

  • Retain and create Hoosier jobs.
  • Keep Hoosier tax dollars in Indiana to strengthen Indiana's economy.
  • Encourage the growth of Indiana business.
  • Provide a larger tax base for necessary services such as schools and roads.

The Buy Indiana Initiative was issued in early January of 2005 by Gov. Mitch Daniels to establish a goal for all state agencies to spend 90 cents of each dollar with Indiana business. The Buy Indiana Preference was created to reach this goal.