Today State Senate candidate Russell Brown continued to make the case for change in Senate District 31 as he recapped the series of legislative proposals he has made over the course of the campaign and plans to introduce the first day of session.
"As I've walked the district and met thousands of people, they've told me it's time for the legislature to take aggressive action to move Indiana forward," said Brown. "They are sick of election year promises. They want results - and starting on day one, that's what I'll deliver as a State Senator."
On the first day of the 2007 legislative session, Brown has pledged to introduce legislation to implement many of the ideas he has discussed throughout his campaign. These proposals include legislation to:
1. Implement Full-day kindergarten by offering optional full-day kindergarten for all Indiana children by 2008;
2. Provide affordable health care to the more than 862,000 Hoosiers currently without health insurance by creating a state-sponsored insurance pool;
3. Stop the 'Brain Drain' by introducing legislation to create the Indiana Graduate Retention and Attraction Tax Credit to help stem the state's brain drain by encouraging the Hoosier graduates to stay in state and encouraging Indiana companies to hire Hoosier graduates;
4. Repeal legislator perks, thus ending the free lifetime health care program and the four-to-one legislative pension perk while providing a pension benefit for legislators that mirrors the benefits of every public employee;
5. Improve community involvement at Fort Harrison State Park by creating a citizen committee similar to the White River State Park Commission;
6. Reduce property taxes by providing local governments with more flexibility so they can find alternative sources of revenue and reduce the reliance on property taxes; and
7. Spur economic development on Indianapolis' Eastside by expanding the encouraging businesses to locate in vacant retail and commercial buildings; create Targeted Industry Parks to encourage local governments to promote cluster based economic development around targeted industries; and creating Workforce Readiness Zones to re-invest existing tax dollars in training programs in targeted geographic areas.
8. Reduce crime in Marion County by converting Indianapolis' old city hall into additional courtroom space to streamline the criminal justice process.
9. Deliver meaningful relief at gas pumps by creating an automatic trigger to remove the sales tax on fuel when prices reach $3.00 a gallon.
10. Strengthen Indiana's immigration laws by giving the Indiana Department of Labor enforcement power and requiring businesses applying for or receiving a state contract to guarantee that their employees are documented workers;
"I've said throughout this campaign that elections are about trust and results. For the last sixteen years the needs of Senate District 31 have been under-represented and largely ignored," added Brown. "The issues that matter to the families in this community have gone unaddressed. We haven't gotten the results we deserve.
"I look forward to changing that following November 7th, when I am elected and head straight to the State Capital to work for my neighbors and our community."
Brown is currently pursuing his law degree at Indiana University in Indianapolis and is employed by Fillenwarth Dennerline Groth & Towe and previously worked the O'Bannon and Kernan administrations. He lives in the city of Lawrence with his wife of seven years, Emily, an English teacher at Warren Central High School.
Located entirely within Indianapolis-Marion County, Senate District 31 includes a portion of eastern Center township, the northern portion of Warren township and a large portion of Lawrence township, including the city of Lawrence.