STATEHOUSE – The annual Legislative Vote Analysis completed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce ranked Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) as having one of the strongest pro-jobs voting records for the 2012 session.
Rep. Soliday scored a 93 percent for supporting legislation that will help create Hoosier jobs and strengthen Indiana’s economy.
“One of my top priorities this session was to help create and retain jobs for Hoosiers by building an environment that attracts investment to Indiana,” said Rep. Soliday. “I am pleased that my record shows my dedication to that goal.”
The Chamber’s Vote Analysis has been produced for the past 28 years after every legislative session. The legislator’s scores are determined by his or her votes on particular bills and select amendments where the outcome of those bills and amendments would have an impact on Indiana businesses.
"We want employers and citizens to take note of this report because it makes it very clear which legislators were supportive of bettering Indiana's economic climate and which were not," stated Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar.
Some major pieces of legislation included in the analysis that the Indiana Chamber highlighted was: House Enrolled Act 1005, which prohibits nepotism and conflicts of interest for local government bodies; and Senate Enrolled Act 293, which phases out the inheritance tax over nine years beginning in 2013.
In addition to this year’s pro-economy and pro-jobs legislation, Indiana has been recognized over recent years as one of the best states to do business:
• Chief Executive magazine ranks Indiana 1st in the Midwest and 5th in the nation for “Best Business Environment”
• Site Selection magazine ranks Indiana 6th in the nation for its business climate
• Area Development magazine ranks Indiana 1st in the Midwest and 5th in the nation for “Top States for Doing Business”
• Indiana ranks 1st in the Midwest and 11th nationally in the Tax Foundation’s 2012 Business Tax Climate Index
• Akamai ranked Indiana ranks 1st in the Midwest and 9th in the nation for “State of the Internet”
Indiana has been recognized as having the best toolbox in the Midwest and arguably the nation when it comes to creating a climate for job growth. Indiana was also ranked as the number one state in biosciences.
“Because of these pieces of legislation, new businesses and investments are already coming to Indiana,” said Rep. Soliday. “I look forward to taking more positive steps forward to help Hoosiers get back to work.”
All scores and a full report can be viewed on the Indiana Chamber’s website at www.indianachamber.com/lva