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Voice of the People

Earlier this session, many of you sent me your views and concerns in a legislative survey. I appreciate this very much. As this session continues, it is important that we retain an open path of communication so that I can best serve you. During my time in the Indiana House of Representatives, I am committed to fairness and accountability regarding our government and the state tax structure by disclosing fiscal impacts of the budget to Hoosiers. This budget must be honestly balanced with no gimmicks, payment delays, or fund transfers.

I do not support general tax increases and am a strong advocate of comprehensive tax reform. I also am committed to helping provide an honestly balanced budget that controls state spending and provides property tax protection for homeowners in 2007. This can be accomplished by freezing Homeowner Property Taxes for 2007, protecting taxpayers from further burdens. However, with an honestly balanced budget, we cannot make up for frozen property taxes by increasing taxes in other places. Instead, we must limit our spending to no more than our revenue.

Furthermore, we must protect the programs that are already in place. We must see no diversion of the Major Moves fund, which has already created over $100 million for our state’s economy through the fund’s interest-bearing account. Throughout the past two years, we have been able to retain a balanced budget without increasing taxes. This is proof that we can fund programs without weighing down taxpayers. One of the programs that should have continued support is our welfare system, which is in need of 200 additional welfare caseworkers.

Regarding the state’s budget for this biennium, my standards include resisting a new corporate tax. As we try to better our state’s economy, we must improve Indiana’s image as a business-friendly state, bringing quality jobs to Northwest Indiana and the rest of the state.

As the House continues to debate Indiana’s budget, I encourage you to contact me with questions or concerns via email at h4@in.gov, or by calling the Statehouse toll-free at 1-800-382-9841. It is also possible to write me at 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Rep. Ed Soliday

 

 

Posted 2/22/2007

 

 

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