The Indiana General Assembly convened May 14 for a one-day special session called by the governor. During this time, my colleagues and I passed four time-sensitive bills that could not wait until the 2019 session. This legislation will add additional funding for school safety, update our tax code
The Indiana General Assembly works diligently each year to implement policies that will help fill open jobs and encourage businesses to grow or locate in our state, and we continue to see positive results.
For example, our state’s unemployment rate has remained below the national average for four
During the 2017 session, the General Assembly passed a two-year budget, which included up to $7.04 billion for school funding, or about $5,956 per student, which was based on estimated enrollment numbers for the 2017-18 school year.
Over half of our General Fund is dedicated to K-12 education, but
One of Indiana’s biggest long-term challenges is the skills gap that exists between available jobs and available workers. For example, nearly a third of Indiana employers responded to a survey conducted by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce saying they felt that filling an open position is their biggest
The Indiana General Assembly concluded the 2018 legislative session earlier this month, passing 210 bills, 99 percent of which received bipartisan report.
Among these bills are those that accomplish our legislative agenda. At the beginning of the year, my colleagues and I considered the issues facing
Opioid abuse is a growing issue in our state, costing Indiana billions of dollars and destroying Hoosier lives. For example, 488 opioid pain reliever-related deaths occurred in Indiana in 2016 alone, which is a nearly 2,000-percent increase since 2000.
At the national level, deaths caused by drug overdoses
During the first half of the legislative session, my colleagues and I researched, discussed and voted on legislation authored by members of the Senate. Now, with the 2018 session in its second half, we have started considering bills passed by the House of Representatives.
Below are some of the major
The Indiana General Assembly recently reached the half-way point, meaning the Senate and House of Representatives will begin considering legislation passed by their counterpart since session began January 3.
Nearly 440 bills were authored in the Senate this year, and of those, a number continue to
An opioid epidemic continues to plague our state and the rest of the nation, affecting individuals, families and entire communities in the process.
In 2016 alone, 488 Hoosiers died of an opioid-pain-reliever overdose, an almost 2,000-percent increase compared to the number of deaths in 2000, according
The Indiana General Assembly is now in session, and I recently joined some of my fellow senators to announce the Senate Republicans’ 2018 Agenda.
This year, we are working to continue to fight the drug epidemic, improve Indiana’s workforce, support Hoosier schools, reform civil forfeiture laws,
The Indiana General Assembly reconvenes next month for the 2018 legislative session. Between January 3 and mid-March, my colleagues and I will conduct research, listen to testimony, and author and vote on legislation that addresses issues facing our state.
It’s important for me to get feedback from
Indiana has had a record year for economic development in 2017, with nearly 29,000 new jobs planned for the future.
Since the year began, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation has secured 270 commitments from businesses inside and outside of our state to grow or locate in Indiana. Together,
Indiana lawmakers recently convened at the Statehouse for Organization Day — the ceremonial start of the legislative session.
Once the General Assembly officially reconvenes January 3, legislators will delve deeper into topics, authoring and passing bills that will make Indiana a better place to
Each year, Americans set aside one day in November to honor the men and women who have served in our country’s armed forces – Veterans Day.
The selflessness and bravery these people demonstrate is inspirational, and they deserve recognition and gratitude for their service and sacrifice.
Over the past decade, Indiana lawmakers have worked diligently to simplify and reform our tax system, and based on the 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index, our hard work is paying off.
According to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, the publisher of the Index, Indiana’s tax climate ranks among the
During the 2017 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly passed a critical 20-year, $20-billion road-funding plan — House Enrolled Act 1002 — safeguarding the future of our state’s transportation infrastructure.
Indiana’s previous source of road funding was not keeping up with our
Every year, the Indiana Senate offers college students, recent graduates and graduate students a career-boosting opportunity – the chance to intern during a legislative session at the Indiana Statehouse.
Interns are vital to the legislative process, as nearly every office in the Senate relies on
Education is always a top priority for the Indiana General Assembly, with more than half of the state’s General Fund dedicated to K-12 education. In fact, Indiana is ranked second in the nation for the percentage of total state funding dedicated to education, according to the Census Bureau.
Indiana’s economy is on the move. During the first half of 2017, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation secured commitments from 164 employers to create 17,823 new Hoosier jobs and invest $5.4 billion in their Indiana operations in the coming years.
While these numbers are a testament to our
Indiana, along with the rest of the United States, continues to face a drug epidemic. Drug overdoses are now the No. 1 cause of accident-related deaths in our state, and addiction is wreaking havoc on Hoosier families and communities.
During the 2017 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly
Over the past few years, Indiana has been a national leader in fiscal discipline. Auditor of State Tera Klutz recently provided more good news, announcing the state ended Fiscal Year 2017 with a $42 million surplus and nearly $1.8 billion in reserves.
These funds are an important component of protecting
When the Indiana General Assembly is not in session, my colleagues and I spend most of our time living and working in our local communities. This allows us to stay close to our neighbors and constituents, and better understand the various issues Hoosiers deal with every day.
However, we also spend
During the 2017 legislative session, 272 bills passed out of the Indiana General Assembly, and many of them went into effect July 1.
While some of these bills received a lot of media attention during the legislative session, such as those that work to create a long-term road funding plan and replace
Quality roads and bridges are a crucial part of a state’s economic success. In recent years, it has become clear that Indiana needs a long-term, sustainable plan to repair, maintain and build our transportation infrastructure.
To address this issue, lawmakers made road funding a top priority during
Workforce development is a crucial issue facing our state today.
While this was a top priority for lawmakers in the recent legislative session, it has not received a lot of attention in the media.
For years, Indiana has worked hard to create a pro-growth, job-friendly business environment. In fact,