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[r93] Hitting the key issues
Start Date: 3/27/2014Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 3/27/2014End Time: 8:00 AM
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Hitting the Key Issues

The 2014 legislative session began with the presentation of our House Republican legislative agenda, Indiana: Working on Progress. We outlined five key concepts to focus on for our state, highlighting what we hoped to accomplish over the course of the three-month-long session.

I’m excited to report that by the end of session we reached all of our goals: cutting taxes, providing tools for our workforce, enhancing education opportunities, connecting crossroads to communities and removing burdensome regulations. 

To lower taxes, we passed legislation giving local governments the option to exempt the business personal property tax (BPPT) for small businesses that file for less than $20,000 annually starting July 1, 2015. Giving counties the option to exempt this tax provides additional tools to attract out-of-state employers and encourage small business growth. The Commission on Business Personal Property and Business Taxation has been established to study all aspects of business taxation in Ind. and the impact that economic development tools such as Tax Increment Financing Districts, abatements and exemptions of the BPPT have on local government finances. Representatives from businesses, schools, agricultural operations and homeowners will be included in the commission, ensuring that all sectors are considered.

We also evaluated other tax rates and will continue phasing down the state’s corporate tax and financial institutions tax. Both of these rates will be lowered to 4.9 percent by 2022, making our corporate tax the second lowest in the country.

Lowering taxes is only one part of the equation when we discuss how to bring new employers to our state and help current businesses grow. Another crucial aspect is the availability of a qualified, ready-and-willing workforce. To help boost our workforce development, we provided incentives to employers who partner with educational institutions and offer students valuable internships and apprenticeships in high wage, high demand jobs that require industry certifications. This gives students the opportunity to get real-world experience and set themselves up to move into full-time employment upon graduation, while at the same time offering employers a wealth of talent from which to recruit.

We also sought to improve our education system at an earlier stage for Hoosiers. Indiana is only one of 10 states that does not currently offer state-funded preschool programs. We began the process of remedying this by supporting a preschool pilot program for low-income families. We redistributed $10M from the current Family and Social Services Administration budget to fund the pilot program, so no new taxes will be needed. The program will only include preschool programs of the highest quality with vigorous curriculums and will mandate that children enrolled in the program have strong parental involvement and participation. 

A solid educational foundation starting at a young age gives students the opportunity to succeed early on and has a lasting impact on not only academic achievement, but also on business and personal success later on down the road. A study committee has been commissioned as well, and we will continue evaluating the program moving forward as we assess the state’s education system.

Another way we sought to expand job opportunities and keep commerce flowing smoothly through our state was with the allocation of up to $400 million dollars for road and infrastructure improvements. This makes Indiana eligible for more than $1.6 billion in matching federal funds, giving us the opportunity to tackle much-needed road projects and infrastructure improvements. 

The final main focus of our agenda was to cut through layers of bureaucratic red tape. Through the Government Reduction Committee established in 2010, we eliminated 40 boards and commissions and more than 400 government appointments. This year, we built upon that success and did an in-depth review of the Indiana Code, eliminating redundant code and layers of bureaucracy. 

We accomplished a great deal for Indiana this session, and I am proud of the entire General Assembly. We worked together to craft great legislation that will benefit our children, our economy and our communities for years to come. 


State Rep. Dave Frizzell serves as the Majority Whip for the House. He also serves on the Family Children and Human Affairs Committee, the Public Health Committee and the Utilities and Energy Committee.  Rep. Frizzell represents a portion of Marion and Johnson counties.

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Name: Brandi Klingerman
Phone: 317-232-9693
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