[r20] Rep. Dermody recognized as "pro-jobs" legislator (7/19/2012)

Thursday, July 19, 2012 7:00 pm

Start Date:  7/19/2012  Start Time:  12:00 AM
End Date:  7/19/2012  End Time:  11:59 PM

STATEHOUSE – The annual Legislative Vote Analysis completed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce ranked Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) as having one of the strongest pro-jobs voting records for the 2012 session.

Rep. Dermody scored a 90 percent for supporting legislation that will help create Hoosier jobs and strengthen Indiana’s economy.

“My focus in the General Assembly has been creating an environment that helps put people back to work,” said Rep. Dermody. “My colleagues and I have taken steps to make Indiana a welcoming home for new and existing businesses so that we can create and retain good paying jobs for Hoosiers. I’m honored my record reflects that I’m actively working towards that goal.”

The Chamber’s Vote Analysis has been produced for the past 28 years after every legislative session. The legislator’s scores are determined by his or her votes on particular bills and select amendments where the outcome of those bills and amendments would have an impact on Indiana businesses.

"We want employers and citizens to take note of this report because it makes it very clear which legislators were supportive of bettering Indiana's economic climate and which were not," stated Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar.

Some major pieces of legislation included in the analysis that the Indiana Chamber highlighted was: House Enrolled Act 1005, which prohibits nepotism and conflicts of interest for local government bodies; and Senate Enrolled Act 293, which phases out the inheritance tax over nine years beginning in 2013.

In addition to this year’s pro-economy and pro-jobs legislation, Indiana has been recognized over recent years as one of the best states to do business:

• Chief Executive magazine ranks Indiana 1st in the Midwest and 5th in the nation for “Best Business Environment”
• Site Selection magazine ranks Indiana 6th in the nation for its business climate
• Area Development magazine ranks Indiana 1st in the Midwest and 5th in the nation for “Top States for Doing Business”
• Indiana ranks 1st in the Midwest and 11th nationally in the Tax Foundation’s 2012 Business Tax Climate Index
• Akamai ranked Indiana ranks 1st in the Midwest and 9th in the nation for “State of the Internet”

Indiana has been recognized as having the best toolbox in the Midwest and arguably the nation when it comes to creating a climate for job growth. Indiana was also ranked as the number one state in biosciences.

“We have made great progress this year, and I’m pleased to have been a part of this positive motion forward,” said Rep. Dermody. “I look forward to being able to help further reach the goal of creating and retaining jobs in Indiana.” 

All scores and a full report can be viewed on the Indiana Chamber’s website at www.indianachamber.com/lva

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