House speaker touts Republican record in Indiana
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent March 7, 2013 9:38PM
Updated: April 9, 2013 11:43AM
VALPARAISO — Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma told a crowd of fellow Republicans gathered at Aberdeen Manor for the annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday that much has changed in the state over the past 10 years.
Indiana faced a record deficit then and has none now. The state went from one of the worst business environments in the country to being the top in the Midwest, and one of the top 12 in the nation. And Indiana went from having one of the highest property tax burdens in the country to the lowest.
Ten years ago, the state also hadn’t had a Republican governor in 16 years.
“What a miraculous and substantial change,” he said during the dinner, which was sponsored by the Porter County Republican Party.
Bosma. R-Indianapolis, an attorney, was first selected as speaker in 2004, when Republicans assumed a House majority. His peers chose him for the role again in 2010 and 2012. In the intervening years, and in 2000 and 2002, Bosma served as Republican leader.
By way of introduction, state Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, said Bosma has been a key figure in the state’s transformation over the past decade. He also outlined some of the speaker’s responsibilities.
“The speaker of the House is a tough, tough job. He doesn’t just stand there with a gavel,” Soliday said, adding Bosma appoints all the committee chairmen and is the key party fundraiser, among other duties.
The party of Abraham Lincoln in Indiana is about freedom, Bosma said, including freedom on where to send children to school; freedom from overregulating boards and laws; and freedom from a restrictive business environment.
While local officials face funding challenges for roads and other infrastructure, and the state’s elected officials had to make difficult funding decisions of their own for education and necessary services, Republicans must look ahead, Bosma said.
“We need to keep moving. Our state needs to continue moving on the success we had the last eight years,” he said, and not look just at the next election cycle, but at the next 10 years.