STATEHOUSE- Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne), along with his House Republican colleagues, unveiled a 2010 legislative agenda this week with a focus on three key areas: protecting taxpayers' pocketbooks, growing and protecting jobs and enacting meaningful government reform. The 2010 legislative session is set to begin Jan. 5.
"I have, and will continue, to advocate that state government live within its means. Governor Daniels has already asked each state agency to cut back on expenditures, and I will fight to keep taxes low. If Hoosiers across the state have to tighten their belts on spending, state government should be held accountable to the same standards," said Rep. Lehman.
The Taxpayer Protection Plan: Growing Jobs, Helping Hoosiers aims to grow and protect Hoosier jobs with four initiatives:
1) Calling upon the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) to delay sending 2010 tax bills to employers.
2) Supporting the delay of the Unemployment Insurance tax increase. House Republicans did not support the bill from last session because it would punish employers with one of the largest tax increases in state history during an unprecedented economic downturn.
3) Supporting a review of all available job incentives so that Indiana can pool the current incentive funding to allow the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to use the incentives to increase Hoosier employment.
4) Allowing new employers to phase in their income tax within three years of starting a new business. This incentive will put Indiana ahead of many states around the country.
The final portion of the Taxpayer Protection Plan will ensure the legislative process at all levels is open and transparent to Hoosier taxpayers. The plan provides increased lobbyist and legislator disclosures, creating an independent redistricting commission and encouraging efficiencies for local governments.