Week one of session and… it was “déjà vu all over again” as Yogi Berra would say. We showed up to our first General Assembly day on Wednesday, January 4 and had just three Democrats in the House withholding a quorum to do business.
I remain optimistic about this session and my Democrat colleagues for whom I have great respect. I know they believe they are supporting their constituents. However, I believe legislators are responsible to support all constituents, Republican and Democrat. Sometimes we will disagree. That is OK. Our goal should be to work through those differences productively.
Job creation is the top priority for this session. Right to Work (RTW) is the greatest tool we could add with no cost to Hoosier taxpayers, increased wage expectations to Hoosier workers, and new job opportunities to those who are unemployed and underemployed. Above all, it would bring freedom to individuals in Indiana. Though opponents would like you to think otherwise, I have strongly studied the implications to Hoosier workers… and the answer is simple. RTW states have delivered three times the new jobs of non-RTW states over the past 20 years.
I will also be working hard to pass the Rural Entrepreneurship Tax Incentive Financing (RETIF) legislation I’ve authored. It would provide rural counties the opportunity to fund and support start-ups as rural counties would be allowed to retain state income taxes to fund incubators, small business support, revolving loan funds and other technical assistance to small businesses. This bill also incentivizes venture capital investment which is woefully needed in our rural communities. But, the first step to allow this bill to move forward is to have a quorum on the House floor.
Thank you to all who have completed my survey. For the rest, please submit it on-line or via mail as quickly as you can. If you’d like to complete it online, please visit my website at www.in.gov/H74 and follow the link on the top right side of the page. This is important feedback to help inform me on the District’s overall perspective. Your individual comments are also appreciated.
Enjoy this mild weather and thanks for your continued feedback and prayers as I work to represent Hoosiers in District 74.