[r63] Messmer Report: Numbers Worth Noting

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Friday, July 2, 2010

Up at the Statehouse there have been some press conference wars lately.

As I mentioned last week, one legislator might send out a media advisory to announce that they are sending a letter to a state agency.

The state agency will hold its own press conference to announce that they are responding with a public letter of their own.

Then the legislator responds with, you guessed it, another press conference.

On one hand, it's helpful for the public to glimpse the inner workings of government and the information exchange that takes place between state offices.

On the other, it gets a little silly when the back-and-forth starts feeling like watching a tennis match.

So this week, instead of more spin, I'd like to share some numbers with you that I think are worth noting.

One of the points currently being argued between state agencies is Indiana's ranking among other states on various jobs issues.

And frankly, our jobs-friendly rankings are worth noting:

·     Indiana has only 2 percent of the nation's population, but it has created 10 percent of new jobs in the country since the beginning of the year. We are leading the nation in the percentage of private sector jobs being created.

We were named the 4th "friendliest" business state by CNBC, the #1 Midwest State for Business by Forbes, and

We were the Best in the Midwest for Low Taxes last year. Michigan ranked #17, Kentucky #20, Illinois #30 and Ohio #47. (And that was before the property tax caps were passed!)

The average wage for new jobs committed to Indiana through the Indiana Economic Development Corporation in 2009 was almost 21 dollars an hour, well above the state average of $18.30.

Indiana now has the 7th lowest homeowner taxes in America in dollars paid.

There are a number of other state rankings worth looking at too:

Indiana has been rated best in the nation for customer service at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Indiana was ranked second in the nation in new wind capacity in 2009.

Indiana is one of only nine states to achieve a Triple A credit rating from the three independent rating agencies, and

Unlike almost every other state, Indiana has remained solvent without raising taxes- or even trying to.