Entitled “Own Your American Dream,” our agenda focuses on how we plan to make Indiana a stronger state for future generations. The concept of the American dream, of having a better, more prosperous life than the generations before us, is starting to fade. For the first time, the majority of Americans aren’t sure that their children will have the chance of a brighter tomorrow. We are not ok with this mentality and are set on changing it.
The Speaker of the House, Brian Bosma, says that there are two ways to change anyone’s lot in life – through jobs and education. That’s what will propel Indiana forward into the next stage of economic growth.
Three key concepts the agenda focuses on are passing a balanced budget, education and jobs. House Republicans have a history of living within our state’s means and we’re going to do everything we can to continue the tradition. Indiana is one of nine states with a triple-A credit rating from all three credit agencies. The fact that Indiana has a better credit rating than the federal government is something to be proud of and continue to work for, mainly by passing a balanced budget in 2013.
In the coming years, we know that jobs will be available in four main areas; science, technology, engineering and math [STEM]. That’s why the education system needs to equip students with the foundation to meet the needs of tomorrow’s job market. One way to ensure this is by promoting early childhood education. The earlier learning starts, the more ingrained it becomes in a child’s life and the more likely they are to go further in the education system.
Promoting high quality jobs for Hoosiers is always in the forefront of Indiana’s plan. Over the last two years, House Republicans have passed legislation that built an environment for job creation through encouraging and incentivizing companies from all over the world to relocate and grow in Indiana. Now we need to focus on building a qualified workforce to fill the positions to meet the needs of a globally dynamic marketplace.
I believe that we’re ready for the next steps in the plan to improve Indiana and this agenda is the foundation to do just that.