STATEHOUSE (March 6, 2017) – The U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Indiana’s government No. 1 on its list of “Best States,” according to State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola).
The ranking was based on several categories including fiscal stability, budget transparency, government digitalization and state integrity.
“Through years of responsible, conservative leadership at the Indiana Statehouse, we have supported sound fiscal policies and reduced the size of government in our great state,” Zent said. “We have had a decade of honestly balanced budgets, healthy reserves and a AAA credit rating. I will work hard to ensure accountability and transparency for Hoosier taxpayers.”
Indiana was ranked first in the nation for budget transparency overall. Zent said Indiana has honestly balanced its budget since 2005, remained fiscally responsible and maintained healthy reserves since House Republicans took over the majority in 2004.
Zent said Indiana has reduced the number of state employees by 20 percent over 10 years, reduced state-funded debt by 68 percent since 2005 and cut state agency budgets by almost 30 percent since 2009. Legislators have also eliminated more than 70 government boards and commissions and 600 government appointments while maintaining prudent reserves of at least 10 percent of current-year revenues in the past three biennial budgets. Indiana has also continued to fund its priorities, which include education and public safety. Zent said the last three biennial budgets have included the largest investments ever in K-12 education.
House Republicans have maintained a commitment to transparency and digitization in government by live broadcasting each House session online since 2005, and House committee meetings since 2007. In 2011, House Republican members authored legislation to increase budgetary transparency within state and local government. The resulting law required the state auditor to create the Indiana Transparency Portal, www.in.gov/itp, bringing better visibility, openness and accountability to state government. The portal contains information including agency budgets, state contracts, agency performance measures and local government expenditures. Zent said it gives Indiana taxpayers a detailed look at the state’s finances, from top to bottom.
State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) represents House District 51, which
includes most of LaGrange and Steuben counties.
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