Some criticized these tax reforms as some sort of cronyist tax cuts for the rich and entitled, but the results tell a different story. Businesses employ citizens, and the more money government takes from a business via taxes, the fewer people that business can hire. Rather than grab tax revenue from job creators, Indiana increasingly focused tax policy to encourage employers to relocate or expand in Indiana. Ultimately, what Hoosiers need most is economic opportunity to experience the dignity of earning their own income, move up the career ladder, and if they so choose, start their own business. Such is the American dream, and I’m proud Indiana is taking steps to ensure that dream is within reach of every Hoosier.
“Rich States, Poor States’” high marks for Indiana give us reason to reflect, consider the changes we made, examine the implications of those changes and look toward a brighter future. Indiana’s climb to the third-most competitive state in the country hasn’t been easy or without controversy, but with economic improvements made and changes yet to come, every Hoosier can look forward to a brighter future filled with increased opportunity, prosperity and dignity.
State Sen. Jim Buck, R-Kokomo, is chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Technology. Contact him at email@example.com.