29,000 NEW JOBS FOR HOOSIERS – Straight From The Senate

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,

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LEGISLATORS MEET FOR ORGANIZATION DAY – Straight From The Senate

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

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HONORING AND SUPPORTING HOOSIER VETERANS – Straight From The Senate

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.

Indiana

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INDIANA’S BUSINESS TAX CLIMATE TOP 10 IN NATION – Straight From The Senate

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

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FUNDING OUR ROADS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION – Straight From The Senate

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

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PAID SENATE INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE – Straight From The Senate

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

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BACK TO SCHOOL: NEW EDUCATION LAWS – Straight From The Senate

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. 

This

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ENHANCING WORKFORCE TRAINING FOR HOOSIERS – Straight From The Senate

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

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COMBATING INDIANA’S OPIOID EPIDEMIC – Straight From The Senate

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

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INDIANA FISCALLY STRONG – Straight From The Senate

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

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO STUDY KEY ISSUES FACING INDIANA – Straight From The Senate

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

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NEW LAWS GO INTO EFFECT JULY 1 – Straight From The Senate

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

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MEETING INDIANA’S LONG-TERM ROAD FUNDING NEEDS – Straight From The Senate

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

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STRENGTHENING INDIANA’S WORKFORCE – Straight From The Senate

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,

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SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS – Straight From The Senate

Every year, we set aside an important day – Memorial Day ­­– to pay tribute to those in the Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep the United States safe and free.

Like most Americans, it fills me with a sense of tremendous respect and gratitude to think of the men and women

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2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION WRAP-UP – Straight From The Senate

The Indiana General Assembly’s 2017 legislative session came to an end Saturday, April 22, with the passage of several important pieces of legislation for our state.

In contrast to the partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C., all but a handful of the bills that passed the General Assembly this year

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PROMOTING A FISCALLY SOUND FUTURE FOR INDIANA – Straight From The Senate

For more than a decade, Indiana has led the nation in fiscal responsibility by passing balanced budgets, cutting taxes, and reducing the size of state government.

The fiscally responsible foundation we have built here in the Hoosier state has helped encourage economic growth and lower unemployment

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INDIANA’S STATE GOVERNMENT NAMED BEST IN THE NATION – Straight From The Senate

U.S. News and World Report recently named Indiana’s government the best in the nation.

The ranking was based on budget transparency, government digitalization, fiscal stability and state integrity. The combination of these factors ranked us first overall, but we also fared well in each individual

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2017 LEGISLATIVE SURVEY RESULTS – Straight From The Senate

It is a great honor to represent the people of Senate District 16 in the Indiana State Senate.

Common sense Hoosier values, a strong work ethic, and a compassionate spirit combine to make our part of the state a wonderful place to live.

Each year, I survey my constituents to get their input on current

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HALFTIME AT THE INDIANA GENERAL ASSEMBLY – Straight From The Senate

The Indiana General Assembly recently reached the halfway point of the 2017 legislative session, meaning all of the bills passed by the Senate are now being considered by the House of Representatives and vice versa.

In all, the Senate passed 201 bills during the first half of session. Contrary to the

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ATTACKING DRUGS, PROTECTING HOOSIERS – Straight From The Senate

Like the rest of the nation, Indiana is facing a heroin and opioid abuse crisis, which is claiming too many lives and damaging our local communities.

Right now, drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental deaths in Indiana. The number of heroin-related deaths have skyrocketed from 54 in 2010

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PROTECTING OUR KIDS IN SCHOOL – Straight From The Senate

Kids deserve to have a safe and healthy school environment where they are free to learn and grow.

The overwhelming majority of Indiana’s school employees work hard every day to provide such an environment – enabling our state’s next generation to be prepared for success in life.

Unfortunately,

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MEETING INDIANA’S LONG-TERM ROAD FUNDING NEEDS – Straight From The Senate

With 14 interstates, more than 11,000 miles of highway and 4,500 miles of rail, Indiana truly is the Crossroads of America.

Our transportation infrastructure not only helps Hoosiers get where they need to go each day, it also supports our growing economy. Because Indiana is within a day’s drive of

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SENATE REPUBLICANS ANNOUNCE 2017 PRIORITIES – Straight From The Senate

The Indiana General Assembly is now in session. I recently joined several of my colleagues in the Senate Republican Caucus to announce our priorities for the 2017 session, which will last through the end of April.

The priorities we are advancing this year ensure Indiana maintains a balanced budget,

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A CUP OF CHRISTMAS TEA – Straight From The Senate

I wrote this article for The Waynedale News’ Christmas edition ten years ago, but I think it’s worth another turn around the block. This is a story that truly puts me in the holiday mood.

For those of you who have not read or heard of the book/poem “A Cup of Christmas Tea” by Tom Hegg, you’re

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