State legislators say latest session was productive

Local legislators presented their thoughts before Greater Lafayette Commerce's Eggs and Issues Breakfast on Tuesday, March 8, 2014. (WLFI Photo)
Local legislators presented their thoughts before Greater Lafayette Commerce's Eggs and Issues Breakfast on Tuesday, March 8, 2014. (WLFI Photo)

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Local state legislators maintain their last session was productive, despite the debate over same-sex marriage in Indiana dominating much of it. Any action on that issue was tabled until next year, after amendments to the bill eliminated a chance for another vote in 2014.

Legislators presented their thoughts before Greater Lafayette Commerce’s Eggs and Issues Breakfast on Tuesday. Present were State Sens. Ron Alting and Brandt Hershman; and State Reps. Sharon Negele, Shiela Klinker, Randy Truitt, Tim Brown and Don Lehe.

Each spoke for a few minutes about successful bills, mostly ones they had a hand in passing or even co-authored. Many pointed to two new laws: the passing of a pre-kindergarten pilot program and a reformed corporate tax code.

“We do really need to fund all day kindergarten, which we’re not doing,” State Rep. Klinker said. “But the pre-school program is very important. It’s five pilot projects.”

State Sen. Hershman authored one of the most important pieces of legislation to pass through the General Assembly this year, Senate Bill 1. The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence last month, lowers the corporate income tax rate and gives counties the option to change some business taxes within their borders.

State Sen. Hershman touted Indiana’s business tax climate. He said it was one reason why companies move from neighboring states to Indiana.

“Indiana is rapidly becoming the destination of choice for new investment dollars,” Sen. Hershman said.

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