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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: Adding such a robust water resource with Mounds Lake would set us apart I have lived in Madison County most of my life, and for the past 14 years, I served on the Town Council in Pendleton, recently retiring as president. I have watched with great interest the happenings around the proposed Mounds Mall for a few reasons.

    July 26, 2014

  • Letter: Dr. David and Kay Mares are local treasures Throughout history we have had treasures that were not appreciated until years or centuries after their time. The lost art of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The terra cotta men of China. Vincent Van Gogh was a failing, starving artist in his time. Now his works are some of the world’s most valued. Madison County has a prize of its own that should be recognized in its time.

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Reservoir promotion has circus approach P.T. Barnum is starting his tour to promote the reservoir by going to all the towns surrounding the dream. Rob Sparks is this town's P.T. Barnum.

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Repentance is key to surviving times What happens to a nation that refuses to repent before God? What happens to a nation that had strong Christian beginnings, but now more closely resembles Sodom and Gomorrah?

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Anderson's annexed areas still lack business On July 10, 2014, at the Anderson City Council meeting, the executor of the estate was shut off from speaking, because she did not live in Adams Township, and the person from Adams Township tried to get up and speak was not allowed to. The council rushed the vote for zoning the land for business.

    July 22, 2014

  • Letter: Birth control, abortion should be woman's choice Why are Republicans so gung-ho on restricting birth control and abortion? That's easy. Republican legislators are so unpopular because they don't legislate and literally block all bills that would help the middle and lower income classes.

    July 22, 2014

  • Bannon, Tom Viewpoint: Paramount is an investment that is paying dividends About 25 years ago the citizens of Anderson made a decision that would have a long lasting impact on the community. Instead of saving the old Paramount Theatre, which had fallen into serious disrepair, it was decided that the easy and prudent decision was to get rid of the building to create additional downtown parking. Shortly after the Paramount came down, the community got rid of another abandoned structure when the old Carnegie Building, which was the former home of the Anderson Public Library, was torn down.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Letter: Wall Street should not be in politics Talk about corruption, ponzi schemes, we're looking at you, Wall Street, controlling the prices of our food, gasoline and clothing we must buy and about every company in America — while trashing President Obama, the Affordable Health Care Plan, along with every Democrat, to influence our elections, at the same time.

    July 17, 2014

  • Letter: 23 Relay for Life teams raised $40,000 As chairs of this year's American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Madison County, we would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support.

    July 17, 2014

  • Letter: Ritz under attack by state education board I attended the Indiana State Board of Education meeting in Indianapolis on Wednesday, July 9, and was genuinely disturbed by what I saw.

    July 17, 2014

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