STATEHOUSE- Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), along with his House Republican colleagues, today unveiled a 2010 legislative agenda with a focus on three key areas: protecting taxpayers' pocketbooks, growing and protecting jobs and enacting meaningful government reform. The 2010 legislative session is set to begin Jan. 5.
"This is the first official day of session, but I've been working all year to stay in touch with my constituents and come up with creative solutions to the problems facing our state. I am hopeful that we will be allowed to vote on permanently capping property taxes so voters can have the same opportunity to voice their support in November 2010," said Rep. Behning.
The Taxpayer Protection Plan: Growing Jobs, Helping Hoosiers calls for permanent property tax caps along with growing and protecting Hoosier jobs. Rep. Behning hopes that the plan will serve as the foundation for providing fiscal protection to every Hoosier taxpayer.
Rep. Behning supports three main goals that do not rely upon taxpayers as an unlimited resource for taxes and also protect their pocketbooks: (1) pass permanent property tax caps now; (2) no new tax increases; (3) livewithin our means.
The plan also includes four initiatives to protect and grow jobs:
1) Calling upon the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) to delay sending 2010 tax bills to employers.
2) Supporting the delay of the Unemployment Insurance tax increase. House Republicans did not support the bill from last session because it would punish employers with one of the largest tax increases in state history during an unprecedented economic downturn.
3) Supporting a review of all available job incentives so that Indiana can pool the current incentive funding to allow the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to use the incentives to increase Hoosier employment.
4) Allowing new employers to phase in their income tax within three years of starting a new business. This incentive will put Indiana ahead of many states around the country.
The final portion of the Taxpayer Protection Plan will ensure the legislative process at all levels is open and transparent to Hoosier taxpayers. The plan provides increased lobbyist and legislator disclosures, creating an independent redistricting commission and encouraging efficiencies for local governments.