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[r25] State policies benefitting Hoosiers at the local level
Start Date: 4/25/2014Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 4/25/2014End Time: 8:00 AM
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State policies benefitting Hoosiers at the local level

As you have hopefully read or heard in the news, new jobs are coming to our area. Indiana Packers Corporation just announced plans to create almost 100 jobs in Frankfort by 2016 while GE Aviation announced plans in March to build a facility and create 200 new jobs in Lafayette by 2020. I am glad to see prosperity for our local communities, knowing that the General Assembly has worked hard to ensure that this kind of economic development continues by creating a business friendly environment for Indiana.

Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 1 was a piece of legislation at the forefront this session, providing counties an option to exempt investments from business personal property taxes. SEA 1 also continues the process of phasing down the corporate income and financial institutions tax rates to 4.9 percent. This would make our state’s corporate income tax the second lowest in the nation. This legislation along with other tax cuts and exemptions displays Indiana’s dedication to foster economic development in the state.

Attracting business investment is a long-term process, and the budget we passed last year provided tax relief as well, benefitting all Hoosiers. We provided the largest tax cut in Hoosier history as the income tax was cut; the death tax was eliminated; debt was paid off; and additional funds were provided for education, infrastructure improvements, childcare safety and workforce development programs.      

Pulling in business is just part of the equation. Educating our workforce is another key factor. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1003 encourages schools and universities to partner with the business community to help students gain work experience and find jobs in high wage, high demand jobs. By doing so, we can attract and maintain new jobs that have come to Indiana.

The best part about each of these pieces of legislation is that you can see them positively impacting the state and our local community. Just this week, new unemployment figures were released showing that Indiana’s unemployment rate had dropped from 6.1 percent in February to 5.9 percent in March. Even better, our local county rates have dropped from February to March respectively as shown in the following counties: Tippecanoe County from 5.8 percent to 5.4 percent; White County from 6.9 percent to 6.3 percent; Carroll County from 6.5 percent to 6.1 percent; and Clinton County 6.1 to 5.6 percent. 

These new unemployment rates, teamed with recent job announcements, let me know that our state is on the edge of even more good things to come. Indiana is growing, and Hoosiers are benefitting, including our local community.


State Rep. Don Lehe serves as Chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. He also serves on the Environmental Affairs Committee and the Public Health Committee. Rep. Lehe represents portions of White, Cass, Carroll, Clinton and Tippecanoe Counties.

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Name: Brandi Klingerman
Phone: 317-232-9693
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