[r88] Speaker Bosma: Let us be brave in our attempts¯ (11/19/2013)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 7:00 pm

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Start Date:  11/19/2013  Start Time:  7:00 PM

STATEHOUSE – House Republicans began the 2014 legislative session with the Speaker of the House, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), welcoming Reps. Casey Cox (R-Fort Wayne) and Greg Beumer (R-Modoc) to the General Assembly.

Organization Day is a ceremonial tradition where elected leaders reconvene prior to the first business day of session in January, which is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 1:30pm. Today, Speaker Bosma presented his goals and priorities for the upcoming session through a powerful speech which highlighted Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address on its 150th anniversary. 

In 2010, one of my pledges to this body was to set a new tone of bipartisan cooperation and civility. Despite the many challenges that we’ve faced last year, that goal was reached throughout session,” said Speaker Bosma. 

The Speaker spoke of the many achievements the General Assembly has made on a bipartisan basis including:

  • Historic investments in public schools;
  • Near record investments in roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure;
  • Incentives for great teachers and additional funding for STEM education;
  • Pro-business policies to stimulate private sector logistics investments;
  • Creation of the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, where $25M in public funds has been matched with private donations;
  • No new taxes and delivering on the largest tax cut package in state history;
  • Cash funding projects and retiring existing debt; and
  • Maintaining the strongest reserves in nation and holding the highest credit rating from all three major agencies, higher than the federal government. 

The Speaker focused on four issues that he views as the top priorities this session.

“The skills gap, early childhood education, road funding and fair business taxation must be our priorities this session. It’s my hope that we can work together as we did last session to find solutions that Republicans and Democrats can stand together on and say we’re moving Indiana in the right direction,” stated Speaker Bosma. 

Earlier in the day, the Speaker had a press conference with Special Olympics athletes and was inspired by the words of one of the athletes, Andrew Peterson, who could barely walk earlier in his life and has now become a gold medal long distance runner for the Special Olympics.  

“Andrew, this morning, quoted the Special Olympics motto as his opening statement, and I’m going to offer it this afternoon as my closing. ‘Let me win’ Andrew said, ‘but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.’ 

“That, ladies and gentlemen, is the challenge for us. We can do this together, with your help it will happen,” said Speaker Bosma. 

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 A full copy of Speaker Bosma’s speech can be found by going to:
http://www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans/newsroom/2013/orgdayaddress.pdf

 
To watch the webcast of Organization Day:
http://www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans/webcast/session2013orgday.html

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4 Issues_Bosma Speech 2.mp3
Bipartisan Solutions_Bosma Speech 3.mp3