Rep. Carbaugh unveils 2015 Legislative Agenda
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) along with House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and other members of the House Republican Caucus, unveiled their 2015 House Republican Legislative Agenda. The plan increases accountability for all Hoosiers while strengthening Indiana in four major categories: Budget, Education, Ethics and Public Safety.
“As elected leaders, we must be accountable to Hoosiers – accountability is our responsibility. I look forward to working together this legislative session to address these issues,” said Speaker Bosma.
The House Republicans will work to increase funding to Indiana’s education system while also fixing the funding formula, reducing overhead, focusing dollars on the classroom and providing hard-working teachers with a tax credit.
“Education funding currently makes up the largest portion of the budget, but in order to further strengthen our education system, we must try to keep dollars in the classroom. We will also review the funding formula to consider ways we can make it more equitable and ensure that high-performing schools are rewarded for their hard work,” said Rep. Carbaugh.
Even though Indiana’s economic statistics are at an all-time high, public safety continues to be an issue impacting the state. Currently, the state is tied for the third highest amount of police deaths, Indiana is ranked as having the fifth highest infant mortality rate and the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) turned away 1,743 victims due to lack of space at their shelters.
“My experience as a member of the Veteran Affairs and Public Safety committee has allowed me to become very familiar with the public safety issues impacting our community,” said Rep. Carbaugh. “By providing additional resources to local governments, we can help improve the safety of Hoosier communities.”
House Republicans will be working with local communities, strategically investing funds and working with the ICADV on multiple issues. The House will also be partnering with ICADV as the Speaker’s charity initiative for the year.
State Rep. Martin Carbaugh serves as Vice Chairman of the Insurance Committee. He also serves on the Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee. Rep. Carbaugh represents a portion of Allen County.