IBJOpinion

EDITORIAL: Legislators need to create jobs, not kill them

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
IBJ Editorial

We’ve heard plenty since the November election about what we should expect out of our elected officials. Our Legislature, we were told, would be all about jobs in 2011. Fiscal responsibility and education reform are front and center—but they are merely a means to the same end: jobs.

Sadly, a legislative body supposedly focused on job creation continues to willfully disregard the advice of the very business community that is expected to create those jobs.

The advice from business? Steer clear of immigration reform and gay marriage legislation. Those issues don’t advance job creation, they hurt it.

The response? Legislation dealing with immigration and marriage is sailing through the General Assembly. Our lawmakers’ professed love for job creation apparently has its limits.

Senate Bill 590 would give Indiana an immigration law on par with the controversial Arizona law. It would open the door to racial and ethnic profiling by police, creating an atmosphere of intolerance that business leaders say is inconsistent with participating in the global economy.

Indiana Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Brinegar told a Senate committee his organization is concerned the bill would hurt economic development in the state.

Cummins Inc. President Tim Solso advanced that notion in an opinion piece in The Indianapolis Star. Solso said Cummins, which has a global footprint and is one of the state’s largest employers, can’t grow in a state with a reputation for intolerance. He noted that 30 percent of the company’s Indiana work force was born outside the United States, including almost 700 from India, China and Mexico—any of whom could be subject to questioning by law enforcement officials if the bill becomes law.

The bill also amounts to a fiscal threat. Attorney General Greg Zoeller says defending its constitutionality could cost the state millions.

We wish legislators would listen to reason and reverse course on what could be a costly, job-killing bill. Pressure the federal government to secure U.S. borders, but don’t put Hoosier jobs and resources at risk in the process.

Not a single job will be created by writing a gay-marriage ban into the state constitution. Yet some are pursuing that tired cause once again in spite of objections from the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and some employers that it will alienate talented employees—who happen to be gay.

The definition of marriage bill has legs this year thanks to the Legislature’s Republican majority, but the version of the bill that passed the House goes beyond the stated goal of its sponsors, which is to protect the institution of marriage. The bill would also prohibit anything resembling marriage. That part of the bill could jeopardize existing policies under which some companies extend benefits to their unmarried employees’ domestic partners, both gay and straight.

If sponsors of this bill are truly concerned only about the institution of marriage, why does the legislation overreach?

Republicans should stick to what they’ve historically been known for: limited government and fiscal responsibility. Both are good for the economy. Making life difficult for businesses and their employees is not.•

__________

To comment on this editorial, write to ibjedit@ibj.com.

ADVERTISEMENT

  • Yeah.
    More on the Indiana ban on gay marriage:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAXf7nAo2Fs

    Makes good points.
  • Needs more teeth
    Enough with the "we wish they would..." stuff. This is an opinion piece, so have an opinion. Not only that, tell people what they can do if they agree with your opinion. Is there a hearing we could attend? Does writing to your representatives help? If it passes, can it be repealed? How? Can we pressure the governor to veto any of this? I'm tired of playing dead for the Republicans in Indiana.
  • Cummins
    And, it should also be noted that Cummins Inc. was one of the first (if not THE first) company in the state to extend domestic partner benefits to its employees. Thank you Cummins for being an inclusive company. We need more leaders in the state like Tim Solso.

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?

ADVERTISEMENT