Let's protect the rights of Hoosier employers to hire who they want and provide them with benefits that they earn. And let's resolve this issue this year once and for all.
And then, let’s come together to support every Hoosier family. One way we can do that is by helping the family budget.
Did you know that our tax deductions for dependents in Indiana have not increased since 1978, even though the cost of living has increased 3.6 times?
It’s time to index the personal and dependent exemptions to inflation and end this hidden tax increase on working families.
Let’s also remember that families come together in many different ways. Like the family of Karen Sauer. Karen is a single mom who felt called to adopt. She adopted her two children, Neven and Dusten, when they were 11 and 12 years old, after they had both been in foster care for some time.
Karen says people always tell her she’s changing her kids’ lives. She says, “They are changing mine.” Please join me in welcoming Karen and her children tonight.
Adoption is a beautiful way for families to come together forever. We can better support families like Karen’s by expanding and improving adoption in Indiana.
We can improve the way we place children from state care into adoptive homes, and we can support every parent who is willing to lovingly adopt a child into their home. Let’s make it our aim to make Indiana the most pro-adoption state in America.
Indiana is strong and growing stronger, but we still have work to do. We will only achieve our full potential by working together, like Hoosiers always do when it matters most.
Like on a warm summer day last July when two boys were walking on the dunes along Lake Michigan, and one of the boys suddenly disappeared.