Rep. Eberhart recognized as “pro-jobs” legislator
STATEHOUSE – The annual Legislative Vote Analysis completed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce ranked Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) as having one of the strongest pro-jobs and pro-economy voting records for the 2012 session.
Rep. Eberhart scored a 97 percent for supporting legislation that will help create Hoosier jobs and strengthen our economy.
“My focus is to bring jobs to Indiana. To accomplish this feat, I will continue to advocate for legislation that limits the scope of government, reduces burdensome taxes and incentivizes Hoosier entrepreneurs to build and expand their business here.
“Instilling confidence and certainty in the marketplace is critical to our state’s growth. Washington need not look any further than Indiana for sound policies that can put the entire country on a path towards fiscal solvency and economic progress,” said Rep. Eberhart.
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 (HEA) 1001, which prohibits requirements for an individual to become or remain a member of a labor union as a condition of employment; HEA 1005, which prohibits nepotism and conflicts of interest for local government bodies; and SEA 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 ranks Indiana 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, in addition to having 58 companies indicate to the IEDC that Indiana’s enactment of Right to Work will be a positive factor in their decision-making process of where to locate their current projects.
“I’m dedicated to bringing more high-quality, high-paying jobs to our area,” said Rep. Eberhart. “Indiana continues to outpace the nation in private sector job creation, and I’m confident that the policies in place will continue to fuel our state’s growth.”
All scores and a full report can be viewed on the Indiana Chamber’s web site at www.indianachamber.com/lva.