[r47] Rep. Foley 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. Foley Claims Victory for 2010 Legislative Session

STATEHOUSE - State Representative Ralph M. Foley (R-Martinsville) claimed victory for the 2010 Legislative Session.

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

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

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

Also, HB 1367 passed the Senate by a vote of 50-0.

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.

"House Bill 1367 should help schools get through these hard times while providing a quality education for students," said Rep. Foley. "All schools have funding issues. The state doesn't have the money to fully fund the schools now. This bill would allow school corporations to have more control how they transfer funds into the general fund and spend their money for education." 

Senate Bill 23

Rep. Foley voted for Senate Bill 23 to support the tax delay on employers in an effort to help Hoosiers we employed.

SB 23 passed the House by a vote of 85-12.

Also, SB 23 passed the Senate by a vote of 50-0.

The delay implemented by SB 23 on unemployment insurance tax premiums will save businesses millions of dollars over the next year. 

"Our priority this session was to protect the Hoosier economy and promote job creation," said Rep. Foley. "We compromised with our counterparts to delay a tax increase on employers that might have lead to lay-offs for small businesses. The tax increase without the delay would have prevented new job creation. I am pleased that we are giving Hoosier employers the chance to recover from this recession by keeping costs down and employing Hoosiers. We do not need to increase the cost of employment while we are struggling for economic recovery"

Senate Bill 382

Earlier this year, Rep. Foley 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. Foley's 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.