New agenda will propel the Hoosier workforce forward


With the beginning of the legislative session come big changes, specifically through the announcement of the 2014 House Republican legislative agenda. The agenda, titled “Indiana: Working on Progress,” includes legislation centered around five key points: preparing kids for their careers, connecting crossroads to communities, equipping our workforce, cutting taxes and stopping burdensome regulations. All of these initiatives will continue to address key issues facing the Hoosier state. I would like to highlight some of these initiatives.

After graduation, students are expecting to enter the workforce. However, they cannot enter the workforce if they do not have the necessary skills to be successful. To address the skills gap, our agenda sets a course for schools and businesses to increase their collaboration and work together through select educational partnerships, which in turn, will also increase the potential earnings of Hoosier workers. About two-thirds of manufacturers in Indiana report a shortage of available, qualified workers. We need to provide the tools for Hoosiers to fill and be successful in these high demand, high wage jobs.

Connecting Crossroads to Communities is another effort to build upon Indiana’s renowned transportation infrastructure. Indiana cannot be known as the “Crossroads of America” without maintaining a good transportation system. More money will be used to address current roads and bridges needs to offset future maintenance expenses. In industries such as tourism, retail sales and agriculture, 1.7 million jobs are dependent on the state’s transportation system and, over $500 billion in goods traveled on Indiana roadways last year alone. Increasing our investment in roads would directly provide jobs through their design, construction and maintenance and would also allow us to realize further economic opportunities.

While many issues will be addressed, we as a legislative body will be looking to trim the size of government and the laws that are on the books. Unnecessary and outdated laws and regulations make government functions inefficient and consumer navigation more difficult. The private sector is always striving to be more efficient, and the public sector can certainly follow that lead – not to mention Washington D.C. Moving forward, we must continue to allow the free market to function, and look for ways to trim the government.

I am eager to address these and other issues this session and believe constructive solutions are to come. As we continue to move Indiana forward while still concentrating on the issues we currently have I keep in mind the overall goal, to make our State the finest state in our country to work, live and raise a family. I hope you are having a nice and warm start to 2014.



  1. Wendy;

    In our Southwest end of the state, what companies and what type jobs are there that they cannot fill? What is the starting wages and what are they after the probation period? The public would like to know! Or was this just a generalized bs statement?

    There was a time when companies would hire a new one with some general knowledge of it at a reduced scale and mix them with the veterans and hone their ability to the tasks.

    Of the $500 billion worth in goods traveling our roads, wondering what percentage of foreign goods travel them for free other then the normal freight charge from the carrier? Had they been made here, would there had been many dollars going into the road fund from the fuel, and also state, and local taxes from the workers/assemblers here?

  2. Basically, lets open the flood gates and make it easier for big business to rape the little guy.

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