Own Your American Dream
Indiana House Republicans introduce agenda centered on Fiscal Integrity, Jobs, and Education
STATEHOUSE - Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), joined by a dozen of his House Republican colleagues, announced the House Republican Agenda today which focuses on making Indiana a stronger state for future generations.
“Making Indiana the most hospitable place for families to live, raise a family and prosper is my focus,” said Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg). “Job creation and education lay the foundation for our state’s economic success. Indiana has seen tremendous growth in the private sector as the economy continues to rebound, which is largely due to our great business climate, tax structure and fiscal responsibility. I want to build on our state’s strengths to attract more employers and entrepreneurs to hire a Hoosier workforce.”
The House Republicans’ “Own Your American Dream” plan focuses on three key concepts.
Financial Security for Future Generations
“Addressing jobs or education matters little if we fail to continue our strong record of demanding balanced budgets that forces our state government to live within its means. Our fiscal integrity provides an economic climate that spurs job creation. Hoosier taxpayers deserve nothing less, and our job creation environment will continue to benefit,” said Bosma.
Indiana is one of only nine states that has a triple-A credit rating from all three credit agencies. Indiana holds a higher credit rating than the federal government, whose debt has now passed the $16 trillion mark for the first time in our nation’s history. That equates to more than $50,000 of debt for every man, woman and child in the U.S.
Bridging the Skills Gap
According to the Indiana Vision 2025 report published by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, more than 930,000 Hoosiers lack even the most basic skills to thrive in today’s economy.
“We have focused over the past decade on creating the best environment in the Midwest through policies that encourage and incentivize companies from all over the world to relocate and grow in Indiana,” said Speaker Bosma. “Now it’s time to focus on ensuring we have a workforce that will meet the needs of a globally dynamic marketplace,” said Bosma.
By 2018, it is estimated that 55 percent of Indiana’s jobs will require some postsecondary education, but only 33 percent of our current working age Hoosiers have an associate’s degree or higher.
“We plan to turn our attention to improving career and technical education in High School, increasing and supporting dual credit programs, targeting investment on training programs with high potential and strengthening partnerships between industry and higher education,” said Speaker Bosma.
Leaders in Classrooms; Leaders in Life
“We have excellent teachers in Indiana,” said Rep. Frye. “They’re our children’s leaders, and it is through their dedication and love for teaching that our children are inspired to dream and think big about their future. We need to continue to look for ways to assist these leaders so future generations of Hoosiers are well-prepared to enter the global dynamics of the marketplace.”
Currently, there are nearly two and a half STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) jobs for every one unemployed person in Indiana. Despite the economic downturn, these jobs have remained in demand, and will only increase as technology marches on.
“We have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go to reach these critical goals. We won’t be a state that passes problems on to future generations to handle. Through continued fiscal integrity, quality jobs, and strong education opportunities the American Dream can be a reality for future generations of Hoosiers,” said Speaker Bosma.