Bordering the Ohio State line, Indiana Senate District 27 is comprised of Randolph, Wayne, and Union counties as well as portions of Fayette, Franklin, and Dearborn counties. The district has a diverse economy in manufacturing, agriculture, and retail.
To celebrate current success: Due to prior and current conservative policies, Indiana is positioned to lead the Midwest or possibly the U.S. economically. Our debt is currently down 52 percent, and we rank 3rd lowest in debt per capita in the United States. My desire is to continue passing conservative legislation and to collaboratively make wise choices in order to preserve our way of life while creating renewed economic choices for our children, their children, and their children’s children.
I believe we should do so by keeping taxation and regulation at a minimum, affording Hoosiers the ability to make sound business decisions, and we should purposefully attract other businesses to establish themselves in Indiana. Additionally, we must remain in close working relationships with our Representatives and Senators at the National level in order to influence legislation that may impact Indiana’s economy.
Indiana’s educational system must be invigorated with new standards and curriculum created by Hoosiers. We, as a state and nation, must increase our ability to compete globally, a complex problem which demands attention. This effort should not be the total responsibility of the public school system.
Indiana, I believe, has stepped onto the pathway to success, but much more needs to be done for K-12, vocational, and college bound students. Specifically, we must work with Colleges and Universities with a focus on STEM based course work, creating degrees and vocational programs at the local level. We must retain as much control as possible at the local level.
During 2011, the agricultural industry infused 37.9 Billion dollars into Indiana’s economy, which includes the ripple effect of dollars spent. We must work diligently to protect Agriculture from additional taxation and work to be a leader in innovation in each sector. Finally, with some 83% of Indiana’s land supporting agriculture, we need to realize that for many families, agriculture has been a way of life for generations and should not be taken lightly.
Where we stand as the Hoosier State is good, in comparison with other States. However, there are many hard decisions that must be made to purposefully propel Indiana forward and to create a successful future. Therefore, as we envision the future for generations to come, we must continue to make wise conservative decisions today.