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State Senate Update - State Sen Sue Glick

One of our greatest callings as Americans is to support those who have fought to protect our country’s freedom. Veterans Day, on November 11, provides the opportunity to honor the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to serve their fellow Americans.

In Indiana, the commitment to serving our country is ingrained in our Hoosier roots. Our state has the sixth-largest National Guard and Reserve in the U.S., and according to the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, there are nearly 550,000 veterans in Indiana.

During the 2014 legislative session, the General Assembly passed legislation to honor the sacrifices made by military men and women and support them as they adjust to life back home:

·        Senate Enrolled Act 180 – Established the Veterans Disability Clinic Fund;

·        Senate Enrolled Act 331 – Created the Second Service for Veterans Program, which aims to attract veterans to the teaching profession;

·        Senate Enrolled Act 352 – Provided veterans' families more access to Indiana’s Military Family Relief Fund;

·        Senate Enrolled Act 354 – Established the Hoosier Women Veterans Program, which provides information and services to Indiana’s female veterans; and

·        House Enrolled Act 1242 – Made it illegal for an employer to refuse to hire an applicant because of their status as a U.S. military veteran, National Guard member or reservist.

May we never take our freedom – and the incredible sacrifices required to secure it – for granted. When you see a veteran, take the time to thank them for their service.

Promoting job growth

Indiana’s tax climate is eighth-best in the nation, according to rankings recently released by the non-partisan Tax Foundation.

The Tax Foundation’s 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index noted Indiana’s commitment to phasing down its corporate income tax from 7 percent to 4.9 percent by the year 2021, and our efforts to reduce individual income taxes from 3.4 percent to 3.23 percent by 2017.

Indiana’s fiscal policies have helped boost the economy and attract employers to our state:

·        46 companies from Illinois have relocated all or some of their operations to Indiana;

·        25,000 manufacturing jobs have been added over the past year, making Indiana the leader in the nation for manufacturing job growth; and

·        The unemployment rate fell in September to 5.7 percent, marking the ninth-consecutive month Indiana's rate has been below the national average.

As your State Senator, I will continue to build upon these pro-growth policies in the upcoming legislative session.