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Verbatim: Indiana Chamber scores area legislators

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce issued this news release today:

May 23, 2014 (INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has handed out scores to state legislators for their voting records on pro-economy, pro-jobs legislation during the 2014 General Assembly session. The numbers, released in the organization’s annual Legislative Vote Analysis, also contain a two-year total for each legislator.

The 2014 scores ranged from 44% to 100%. There were a total of 10 perfect marks – all in the Senate. Meanwhile, 22 legislators (16 in the House; six in the Senate) were awarded the star designation for demonstrating “conspicuous leadership on specific business issues of critical importance and/or for overall leadership.”

Nearly all of the bills included for examination can be traced back to the four driver areas and goals in the Indiana Chamber’s economic development plan, Indiana Vision 2025 (www.indianachamber.com/2025), released in 2012. A “2025” icon in the vote descriptions illustrates those bills with a direct connection.

“Indiana Vision 2025 includes some very ambitious objectives – and there is a reason for it: We can’t afford to be anything but aggressive given the intense competitiveness that exists in the Midwest, nation and world for businesses and the workforce,” offers Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar.

“There’s competition for employment – both for workers and companies competing for projects – and for business location and expansion.

“That’s why it’s important that we accelerate the pace of legislation that will have real and positive impact on the Hoosier workforce. And this report holds legislators accountable to that. It makes it clear which legislators support pro-job growth and pro-economy issues, and which legislators do not.”

Brinegar also says, “There is too much at stake for our state to be lulled into a false sense of security that makes us too cautious and/or be worried of possible political consequences. Being purposefully bold is what we will be advocating to legislators during this interim period and when session resumes.”

All scores and the full report are available at the Indiana Chamber’s web site at www.indianachamber.com/lva.

Legislators who score 70% or greater for the most recent two-year voting period are eligible for endorsement by the Indiana Chamber’s political action committee, Indiana Business for Responsive Government.

Bills used in the report were selected based on their significant impact to the state’s economic climate and workforce. Lawmakers are notified of the Indiana Chamber position and reasoning on these bills through various communications during the legislative session – and prior to key votes being taken. Only floor votes for which there is a public record are used in the Legislative Vote Analysis.

Copies of the Legislative Vote Analysis report are sent to all legislators and Indiana Chamber board members, and made available online for all businesspersons, community leaders and citizens.

This marks the 30th year the Indiana Chamber has measured state legislators’ voting performance on bills that reflect the organization’s public policy positions.

Your local legislators representing received the following scores:

  • Rep. Martin Carbaugh (R-District 81) – 2014 pro-jobs voting: 82%; two-year average: 83%
  • Rep. Phil GiaQuinta (D-District 80) – 2014 pro-jobs voting: 64%; two-year average: 61%
  • Rep. Kathy Heuer (R-District 83) – 2014 pro-jobs voting: 94%; two-year average: 91%
  • Rep. Matt Lehman (R-District 79) – 2014 pro-jobs voting: 94%; two-year average: 88%
  • Rep. Dan Leonard (R-District 50) – 2014 pro-jobs voting: 91%; two-year average: 88%
  • Rep. Robert Morris (R-District 84) – 2014 pro-jobs voting: 88%; two-year average: 87%
  • Rep. David Ober (R-District 82) – 2014 pro-jobs voting: 85%; two-year average: 81%
  • Rep. Casey Cox (R-District 85) – 2014 pro-jobs voting: 91%; two-year average: 91%
  • Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-District 52) – 2014 pro-jobs voting: 88%; two-year average: 87%
  • Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-District 14) – 2014 pro-jobs voting: 97%; two-year average: 89%
  • Sen. David Long (R-District 16) – 2014 pro-jobs voting: 100%; two-year average: 92%
  • Sen. Thomas Wyss (R-District 15) – 2014 pro-jobs voting: 100%; two-year average: 92%

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