- What we support – We support legislation changing the current funding structure providing long-term sustainable funding so that the state is able to maintain roads and bridges in addition to funding new road and bridge construction.
- Why it’s important – Quality and well maintained roads are important for attracting and retaining businesses. In the 2016 session legislation was passed addressing infrastructure improvements on the local level but currently Indiana does not have funding streams in place that will allow the state to sufficiently maintain our state roads and bridges, let alone cover the costs of future improvements.
- Key points:
- Adequate funding to completely fund both maintenance needs and new projects.
- Method of funding, tax increase, tolling?
- What we support – We support equitable funding for public schools so that we eliminate the need for operational referendums to maintain student programs and adjustments to the circuit breaker tax that are public school sensitive. We also support a standardized testing system that informs instruction in real-time and is understandable for educators, parents and the students that take the test.
- Why it’s important - Hamilton County attracts high-growth, high-performing businesses and a highly-educated workforce by offering families outstanding public education. Fueling this growth are the schools of Hamilton County. They are among the highest performing schools in the State of Indiana and it is imperative that we maintain this standard.
- Key points:
- Pre K pilot program expansion
- ISTEP - establish appropriate testing for students and accountability measurements for teachers and schools
- What we support - We support maintaining Indiana’s attractive tax climate to increase economic growth and prosperity. We also support greater home rule to provide flexibility for our locally-elected officials.
- Why it’s important – Companies chose to invest in Hamilton County because of the positive business climate and people relocate because of the quality of life and jobs. In order to continue this growth we must maintain progressive incentives that encourage new growth and redevelopment of existing resources. Indiana must also maintain their economic competitiveness through the retention and responsible use of existing tax credits.
- Key points:
- Workforce Development
- Incentives to promote entrepreneurship
- What we support – We support legislation or initiatives that improve healthcare affordability or provides incentives for individuals to be more health conscious. We also support initiatives that address mental health issues.
- Why it’s important – Indiana is one of the unhealthiest states in the nation, ranking 41st for overall health of its citizens. Having healthy citizens is vital to the state’s economy and to our quality of life. An unhealthy work force impacts Indiana’s ability to attract quality businesses and increases healthcare costs.
- Key points:
- Changes in the Healthy Indiana Plan, HIP
- Mental Health
- Healthy living initiatives, including tobacco/smoking
Regional Cooperation – Indianapolis & the Surrounding Counties
- What we support – We support policies and initiatives that provide regional cooperation, resulting in stronger economic development attraction and retention, talent attraction, and smart successful urban growth strategies.
- Why it’s important – The founding concept of OneZone was Regional Cooperation and as Hamilton County continues to move forward we realize that we should investigate any partnership that has the ability to strengthen the region. OneZone’s task is to identify and evaluate these potential arrangements.
- What we support – We support the Indiana Legislature adopting protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers.
- Why it’s important – Indiana needs to affirm that it is a welcoming place for all to live, work, worship, attend school, start a business and raise a family. Attracting top talent for our businesses is important if we want to continue grow, prosper and attract employers to the state.
- What we support – We support placement of the referendum question on the 2018 ballot which could eventually fund the Red Line in Hamilton County. We will monitor any proposed changes to the current mass transit legislation.
- Why it’s important – Many Hamilton County employers struggle to find employees and a consistent obstacle is reliable mass transit. A mass transit system would help by providing transportation for out of county workers and would also allow our businesses to increase their competitiveness in the region.