Open Item – Pence Delivers His Jobs Agenda for Next Year
Quite a bit in the news yesterday so we’re going to revive our old Open Item feature and try to kill several birds with one stone. The biggest news yesterday was the unveiling of Governor Mike Pence’s agenda for the economy. He has another event planned for Fort Wayne Thursday morning where he’ll unveil his legislative agenda for families. The centerpiece of Gov. Pence’s agenda is his plan to phase out the business personal property tax. You can read his remarks here or view his agenda for the business personal property tax phase-out and other jobs agenda items here.
In addition to announcing his new agenda, Gov. Pence announced his selection to lead the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Don Snemis, an Indianapolis lawyer, was appointed to lead this agency. In announcing his appointment, Gov. Pence said:
Under Don Snemis’ leadership, I am confident the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will work each day to identify innovative solutions, serve Hoosiers, and ensure fiscal integrity for Indiana taxpayers
In other news around the state:
- The Rockport coal gasification plant cleared a major hurdle when the Indiana Supreme Court decided yesterday in a 5-0 decision to allow the project to proceed. Their ruling indicated that the developer’s contract with the state was still valid in spite of changes that were made to the agreement.
- There’s quite a bit of controversy surrounding redistricting in Porter County. Bob Kasarda of the Times of Northwest Indiana reports Jeremy Rivas, a Democrat on the Porter County Council, was drawn out of his district in a map approved yesterday on a bipartisan basis by the Porter County Commissioners.
- While many questions surround the budget bill that is making its way through the U.S. Senate, Senator Dan Coats joined two of his colleagues to propose combining the Commerce Department with the Labor Department. The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette‘s Brian Francisco reports that Sen. Coats joined Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) to “eliminate duplicative and wasteful spending and take a step toward fiscal responsibility” by combining the Cabinet-level departments.
- In a story decades in the making, a student athlete has prevailed against the Indiana High School Athletic Association in court. Dan Carden with the Times of Northwest Indiana reports that a former Andean High School student who made several attempts to play basketball, all of which were blocked by the IHSAA, received a favorable ruling to recover attorney fees associated with the case 23 years after litigation began. This story isn’t over as IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox indicated their weighing the option of having the Indiana Supreme Court review the decision.
- Those using AT&T for their wireless devices are going to have an easier time of it in west central Indiana. Inside Indiana Business reports that the company just turned on 4G wireless service in Terre Haute.
- Finally, for you job seekers out there, the Associated Press reports that Indiana’s State Librarian, Roberta Brooker, is going to retire after 25 years working for the State Library.