(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 7, 2009 - Rep. Jeff Espich (R-Uniondale), along with his House colleagues, opened the 2009 session of the Indiana General Assembly today at the Statehouse. Rep. Espich starts the session with a number of goals that aim to control government spending and maintain high-quality services to Hoosier families.
"The 2009 legislative session is very important for Hoosiers," said Rep. Espich. "I will work hard to craft an honest and fiscally balanced budget to bring assurance to the taxpayers of Indiana."
Rep. Espich joins with him House Republican colleagues in support of Hoosier Families First, their caucus agenda outlined in a recent press conference. Their aims are short and simple:
. Taxpayer protection. No tax increases. No gimmicks. Just a lean, common-sense-based budget that keeps state government operating efficiently.
. Job Creation: Focus on the Future. Indiana has been a leader in the Midwest at attracting new jobs, and we will continue to aggressively seek high-paying, quality jobs for our citizens. No new general business taxes and no new burdensome regulations.
. Education reform: Competing in the 21st Century: The Hoosier State has bright students, solid, innovative teachers and concerned parents, and House Republicans believe they all deserve support. This includes getting more education money directly to classrooms, protecting parental choice and charter schools, rewarding highly-qualified educators and giving teachers the power to appropriately discipline their classrooms. Supporting strong education is foundational to invigorating our economic development efforts.
During the session, Rep. Espich will serve as the ranking Republican member of the Ways and Means Committee.
The Indiana General Assembly is a part-time legislature, meeting on a two-year cycle - three months in even-numbered years and four months in odd-numbered years.
As the session moves forward, the public can keep track of the legislative process by watching House and committee proceedings at www.in.gov/legislative/ and clicking on "Watch the General Assembly Session."
Rep. Espich encourages local constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the Statehouse at 1-800-382-9841. It is also possible to write him at 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.