[r63] Rep. Messmer Upbeat About 2010 Session Conclusion

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Saturday, March 13, 2010

STATEHOUSE - Rep. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) says he is pleased by the state legislature's productivity this year. Today was Sine Die, or "Last Day," at the Indiana Statehouse.

"This session was a major victory for Hoosiers," said Rep. Messmer. "It was a win for everybody-taxpayers, teachers and especially Hoosier job seekers."

During the final hours of session, 99 representatives from around the state together repealed a major unemployment insurance tax increase on businesses. They also voted on a measure to help protect teachers' jobs as schools cope with the current budget crisis.

Earlier this year, the House of Representatives also passed one bill allowing the Illiana Expressway to be built without legislative approval.

House Joint Resolution 1, one of the most important accomplishments of the session, was passed early on. It would graft property tax caps into the state constitution after being approved by voters on the November ballot.

The act of giving homeowners, farmers and business owners the chance to cap their own taxes was the most sweeping tax reform Indiana has seen in several decades. The vast majority of Hoosiers want the opportunity to vote on this critical issue.