Ind. Chamber recognizes Rep. Clere for perfect “pro-jobs” record
STATEHOUSE – The annual Legislative Vote Analysis completed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce ranked Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) as having the strongest pro-jobs and pro-economy voting record for the 2012 session.
Rep. Clere scored a 100 percent for supporting legislation that will help create Hoosier jobs and strengthen our economy. Additionally, his aggregate rating of 96 percent for the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions was fourth highest in the General Assembly.
“It's an honor to be recognized," Rep. Clere said. "I have been focused on creating the best possible climate for job growth, and I will continue to support policies aimed at promoting opportunity and prosperity for all Hoosiers."
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 was: House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1001, which prohibits requirements for an individual to become or remain a member of a labor union as a condition of employment; HEA 1005, which prohibits nepotism and conflicts of interest for local government bodies; and SEA 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 ranks Indiana 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, in addition to having 58 companies indicate to the IEDC that Indiana’s enactment of Right to Work will be a positive factor in their decision-making process of where to locate their current projects.
“Indiana continues to outpace the nation in private-sector job creation, and I’m confident that the policies we’ve put in place will continue to fuel our state’s growth,” said Rep. Clere.
All scores and a full report can be viewed on the Indiana Chamber’s web site at www.indianachamber.com/lva.