[r47] House Republican Legislative Priorities Achieved (4/26/2013)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Start Date: 4/26/2013 All Day

STATEHOUSE - Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), announced the end of session, or Sine Die on Friday evening, closing out a year of priorities achieved. The House Republican agenda, which was released in October, centered on making Indiana a stronger state for future generations, by focusing on fiscal integrity, job growth, and enhanced education opportunities for every Hoosier.

The House Republicans’ “Own Your American Dream” plan focuses on three key concepts: financial security, matching Hoosier workers with high paying jobs, and making education investments.

“We’ve worked diligently to enact legislation to better the lives of each and every Hoosier through increased funding in the areas of education and infrastructure,” said State Representative John Price (R-Greenwood). “Funds have been restored to areas that saw cuts in the past. We’ve crafted a climate promoting economic growth and prosperity to promise a healthy future for Indiana.”

Financial Security for Future Generations

“Our priorities are to pass a budget that maintains a strong fiscal reserve and which prioritizes education and roads funding. Our fiscal integrity provides an economic climate that spurs job creation. Hoosier taxpayers deserve nothing less, and our job creation environment will continue to benefit,” said Bosma.

Indiana is one of only nine states that has a AAA credit rating from all three credit agencies.  Indiana holds a higher credit rating than the federal government, whose debt has now passed the $16 trillion mark for the first time in our nation’s history.  That equates to more than $50,000 of debt for every man, woman and child in the U.S.

“In addition, we also introduced a new conservative concept in state budgeting: paying cash for projects and paying off the state’s debt burden. After all of those goals have been met, and with a proven track record of fiscal integrity, we are in the position to give Hoosiers the largest tax cut in the history of Indiana. This blend of tax relief will have a very positive impact on Hoosiers across the state and provides a tax cut for virtually every Hoosier.”

Bridging the Skills Gap

“Our focus this session has encompassed education, skills training and equipping Hoosiers with the resources to be competitive in today’s job market,” said Rep. Price. “Indiana leads the nation in private sector job growth, and the legislation passed this year looks to keep the momentum going.”

According to the Indiana Vision 2025 report published by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, more than 930,000 Hoosiers lack even the most basic skills to thrive in today’s economy. 

Designed to improve coordination, communication and vision for Indiana’s workforce training and career preparation systems, the ICC is a panel that will bring the principal stakeholders in the state’s workforce development efforts together to create a stronger plan to move Indiana forward. Members of the ICC will be charged with aligning the education skills and training provided by Indiana’s educational, job skills and career training systems with the existing and projected needs of the state’s job market. The legislation also puts into law a longitudinal data system to track the effectiveness of the state’s educational and workforce programs. 

 

Price_SINE DIE Release.docx