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April 15, 2014

Viewpoint: Improving the job climate for our communities

Looking back at the 2014 legislative session, I am pleased that the Indiana House Republicans accomplished everything we set out to achieve. Some of our priorities included cutting taxes to attract businesses to our state, equipping Indiana’s workforce to meet current job market needs and shrinking bureaucracy by eliminating burdensome regulations. Through legislation I supported this session, I was proud to be a part of improving Indiana for businesses and Hoosiers alike.

Unfortunately, unemployment still remains a major issue in our local communities. The unemployment rate in Madison County is 8.1 percent, and in Delaware County, it is 7.8 percent. By comparison, the statewide average is 6.9 percent. This is a pressing concern that requires our full attention.

One way to attract new businesses is to alleviate their tax burden. Indiana, compared to surrounding states, has the highest business personal property tax (BPPT) rate. To address this issue, I supported Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 1, which provides counties the option of deciding whether or not to exempt new investments on business equipment from the personal property tax. SEA 1 also phases down the corporate income tax and the financial institutions tax, bringing both down to 4.9 percent. When fully implemented, Indiana will have the second lowest corporate income tax rate in the nation. Each of these measures will help attract new businesses to Indiana and create more jobs for Hoosiers.

Equally important to attracting businesses to Indiana, we need to make sure Hoosiers are equipped to fill the available jobs. Over 930,000 Hoosiers, roughly one-third of our state’s workforce, are lacking the ne cessary skills to find a job in today’s globally dynamic marketplace. Shrinking the skills gap could help shrink the high unemployment in our communities, which is why I supported House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1003, which provides greater incentives for employers to work with educational institutions to provide internships in today’s high-wage, high-demand fields. Those opportunities will help younger Hoosiers obtain the skills needed to better compete for these jobs.

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  • Viewpoint: Veterans' stories of patriotism, loyalty are uplifting As a professor at Ivy Tech Community College, I continually see very diverse backgrounds of our students. This semester has been especially satisfying in that the class, Fundamentals of Public Speaking, has a myriad of circumstances and lifestyles. I have been fortunate to have three veterans in my class who have served in the Armed Services.

    August 23, 2014

  • Letter: Candidate cares about military families I am writing this letter as a Korean veteran, because I am supporting Melanie Wright for state representative.

    August 21, 2014

  • Letter: Government negligent on immigration policy Why has the government been so ‘negligent’ when it comes to illegal immigration? Gang members, serial criminals, drug smugglers, and terrorists typically cross the borders whenever they want.

    August 21, 2014

  • Letter: U.S. should take care of its own children first American citizens are the most caring and giving people anywhere in the world. This said, we should worry about our own children's futures first instead of children coming here illegally.

    August 20, 2014

  • Letter: Quality of water in Killbuck is residents' concern On April 9, in The Herald Bulletin, in a front page article by Zach Osowski, I read about the proposed reservoir in our area. State Sen. Doug Eckert mentioned the future need for water in the Indianapolis area.

    August 20, 2014

  • Letter: Columnist's words are mean-spirited Cal Thomas's July 6 column, "Arrogant president harming the nation," exhibits his usual partisanship.

    August 20, 2014

  • Letter: City beautification ignores other areas I read in the paper where they are going to start work on their great roundabout. What a waste, they are spending millions on the south side for the great gateway to Anderson and all the while the rest of Anderson is ignored.

    August 20, 2014

  • Letter: Poll shows priorities are backward Your recent polling question about schools providing free food for children tells us society has its priorities backwards. The conservatives want low taxes. 53 percent said no to feeding the kids.

    August 14, 2014

  • Letter: Grandson being punished for ISTEP score

    I am a very upset grandparent. My grandson is being punished for having a bad language arts ISTEP score. Not only will they not let him take band, they have taken him out of the honors math that he was supposed to be in.

    August 14, 2014

  • Letter: Mounds Lake will do more harm than good How pathetic that promoters of the Mounds Lake Reservoir and dam project are so uncaring of the homes and businesses in the area proposed.

    August 14, 2014

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