[r63] Rep. Messmer recognized as “pro-jobs” legislator

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Wednesday, July 18, 2012

STATEHOUSE – The annual Legislative Vote Analysis completed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce ranked Rep. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) as having the highest possible pro-jobs voting records for the 2012 legislative session.

Rep. Messmer scored 100 percent for supporting legislation that will help create Hoosier jobs and strengthen our economy.

“Creating jobs for Hoosiers continues to be a top priority for me,” said Rep. Messmer. “This session we were able to help struggling Hoosiers by promoting a healthy economic climate that will attract businesses and jobs to our state and community. I’m pleased that over the last two years we have been able to take large steps in the right direction to get Hoosiers back to work.”

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 were: House Enrolled Act 1005, which prohibits nepotism and conflicts of interest for local government bodies; and Senate Enrolled Act 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 ranked Indiana ranks 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.

“I am very pleased to have played a part in working towards getting Hoosiers back work,” said Rep. Messmer. “I know that over time Hoosier families will prosper from these decisions.”

All scores and a full report can be viewed on the Indiana Chamber’s website at www.indianachamber.com/lva