STATEHOUSE - The Indiana House of Representatives Sine Died 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.
“Over the biennium, the budget lends generous funds to infrastructure, from which we can repair and solidify local roads and bridges, to connect Hoosiers across Indiana and transport goods and services,” said State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville). “At the roots of economic expansion are the very roads and highways that intertwine across the state. Ensuring their proper care and upkeep is imperative to creating an environment conducive to business expansion and job growth.”
Henry County will see over a $650,000 increase in road funding for both fiscal year 2014 and 2015, Rush County will see over a $500,000 increase in road funding for fiscal 2014/15 and Wayne County will see over a $760,000 increase in road funding for fiscal 2014/15.
Financial Security for Future Generations
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.
“We’ve worked to advance our state’s economic standing by promoting a climate conducive to business expansion and job growth in our community,” said Rep. Saunders. “We stride forth as the fiscal envy of the nation, maintaining a triple-A bond rating and crafting a budget that’s founded upon conservative spending levels.”
Bridging the Skills Gap
“We have focused over the past decade on creating the best environment in the midwest through policies that encourage and incentivize companies from all over the world to relocate and grow in Indiana,” said Speaker Bosma. “HEA 1002, the Indiana Career Council (ICC), develops a workforce that will better prepare Hoosiers for the needs of a globally dynamic marketplace,” said Bosma.
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.