Manufacturer’s group gives high grades to legislative session

The Indiana Manufacturers Association released its scorecard for the 2014 legislative session Wednesday and applauded the results.

The scorecard measures how often individual members of the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate voted in support of positions backed by the IMA on select bills.

The IMA considered 21 House votes and 23 Senate votes as “priority votes” for this General Assembly.

Republicans in the Indiana House voted in favor of IMA-backed legislation 94 percent of the time, on average. House Democrats voted in favor only 38 percent of the time.

Senate Republicans were in line with IMA's positions 93 percent of the time. Senate Dems were at 60 percent.

“There was a lot of activity for a ‘short’ session, and it was another good one for Hoosier manufacturers,” said IMA President Patrick J. Kiely in a prepared statement. "The reduction of the corporate income tax rate to 4.9 percent in 2022, a 20-year ‘super abatement’ for new business personal property, and a county option to exempt all new business personal property from taxation, are all positive developments for our growing manufacturing sector.”

Kiely singled out 15 legislators who voted in lockstep with IMA positions.

“We applaud the five members of the Senate and 10 members of the House who earned a perfect 100-percent score with us this year,” Kiely said. “Legislative support for the positions advocated by the manufacturing community is a vote for lower unemployment and more high-paying jobs.”

Manufacturing accounts for more than 28 percent of Indiana’s gross domestic product, nearly 17 percent of the Hoosier work force, and pays one-quarter of the total compensation paid to employees in Indiana, according to IMA statisitcs. Indiana manufacturers have added nearly 70,000 jobs since 2009 which is second most in the U.S. the manufacturing sector.

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