STATEHOUSE- The Indiana Chamber of Commerce announced their pro-business rankings for the 2009 and 2010 legislative sessions. Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) was recognized as one of the top pro-business voting members for the 116th General Assembly.
The Chamber report provides scores for 100 members of the Indiana House of Representatives and 50 members of the Indiana Senate. Each piece of legislation used in the report was selected based on its significant impact to the business community. Topics ranged from education to transportation to local government.
"As the owner of a business, I understand the important role small and large businesses play in our society," Rep. Smith said. "I want to make sure legislation helps businesses succeed. The better the business climate, the more opportunity owners have to hire new employees and grow our economy."
The Indiana Chamber kept track of specific pro-business legislation. Some of the legislation supported by Rep. Smith included a delay in the changes to the taxable wage base and employer contribution rates for the unemployment compensation system to 2011-saving businesses approximately $400 million in 2010 and helping keep Hoosier workers employed.
He also voted to establish an interim study committee on economic development to re-evaluate Indiana's current programs and competitive position in a changed economy. In addition, he helped create H.I.R.E (Helping Indiana Re-start Employment) to offer tax incentives to employers who hire and train unemployed and underemployed Hoosiers.
"I look forward to continue supporting Hoosier businesses in the future," Rep. Smith said.