"The 2011 legislative session brings many challenges to the State of Indiana and to all the members sworn in today," said Rep. Espich. "With great challenges come great opportunities. Our focus as a 100-member chamber should be helping our Hoosier families and ensuring Indiana stays on top of its competitors. This session will be about creating a balanced budget, education reform and, most importantly, bringing in jobs."
Newly-elected Speaker of the House Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) took today's ceremony to emphasize to all members how the legislature must go beyond the usual and, instead, become dedicated public servants to the citizens of Indiana.
In September, the House Republican Caucus released their legislative plan, which can be found at www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans. The plan discusses how House Republicans plan to address jobs, education and spending.
"We need to be more efficient with our money," said Rep. Espich. "People aren't interested in more taxes - they showed that in the last election. Times are tough for many Hoosier families. That's why it's so imperative for the state to live within its income, and not raise taxes."
Before gaining the 60-member majority in the 100 member chamber, Leader Bosma noted that he wanted to 'reach across the aisle' and 'bring civility back to the house chamber'.
Rep. Espich shares that goal of bipartisanship. "It is time for politics to end and statesmanship to begin by all of us," said Rep. Espich.
During today's ceremony, Speaker Bosma reinforced the legislative plan, and the importance of working together for the future of Hoosiers and the State of Indiana.