[r88] House Republicans Respond to State of the State (1/11/2011)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Start Date: 1/11/2011 All Day
End Date: 1/11/2011
STATEHOUSE - Republicans in the Indiana House of Representatives stand ready to act after hearing the Governor's State of the State address in which he stressed fiscal responsibility and the need for education reform.  These initiatives align with the House Republican Strengthen Indiana Legislative Plan.  The 2011 session of Indiana's General Assembly convened last week and House Republicans will be focusing on the issues of job creation, education reform and balancing the state budget - without raising taxes.  House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) stated that, "Education reform is 'the jobs issue' of 2011."

Speaker Bosma continued with, "Every education proposal should answer one question:  Does it benefit the student and their ability to achieve in the classroom?  With that question in mind, House Republicans have long championed more options for Hoosier families.  In addition, teachers are professionals who deserve to be rewarded and recognized for their performance in the classroom.    We have pledged, and we will continue to pledge to work in a bipartisan manner on these issues; we will work with the willing."

Both the Governor and the Speaker addressed the continuing need to reform education. "We need to have a long-term plan to expand education opportunities for Hoosier students. Families, teachers and administrators must be given every available tool to create innovative, accountable learning experiences to train the workers of the next decade," said Speaker Bosma.

The Speaker stated that Indiana's success lies in maintaining the state's fiscal integrity.   "We have stood firm on balancing the budget, without raising taxes. Indiana is currently operating with 2005 revenues in 2011.  Hoosiers across the state are having kitchen-table conversations regarding their financial situations, the state must reflect the people - now is not the time for a tax increase," said Speaker Bosma. 

In order to address the state's revenue shortfall, House Republicans have filed a package of bills that focus on creating a strong economic climate to bring jobs to Indiana.  Elements of the package include providing local communities additional economic development tools, increasing access to start-up capital, and focusing on entrepreneurship and small business growth. 

"Even with all of these challenges the state faces a golden opportunity, the time is to act is now," said Speaker Bosma.