Hi, I’m speaking to you today on April the
18th and of course we are set to
officially end not later than April
29th so we’re really getting down to the
last days of session.
And right from the start of session,
I have said and I think generally the
entire General Assembly has felt that our
number one job was job creation.
Ironically there is an important bill,
Senate Bill 528,
which would have the opportunity to
create up to
650 maybe even 700
good-paying jobs for east-central Indiana.
Of course I’m talking about the gaming
legislation, which would authorize
live table game dealers at both the
racinos in Anderson, within my
and in Shelbyville as well.
was originally passed out of the Senate
with those provisions in there
unfortunately they were removed. The
opportunity for the table games
in the House
with some legislators saying that they
felt this was an expansion of gaming.
Unfortunately the governor himself
placed in with that same opinion.
I do not look at in that way because
after all all we’re really doing here is
replacing these electronic
forms of these table games
with a live person
make a living within the community,
contribute back to the community,
to both the state of Indiana and local government.
So this is truly an opportunity in the
General Assembly to create jobs
aside from the budget which, if we
appropriate of monies for infrastructure
building projects, of course there would be
some jobs attached to that,
but aside from the budget bill this is
really the only bill where we really
truly create jobs this session,
so it’s an important bill
now the good news is this
provision to have the table
games in Anderson and Shelbyville, could
still yet become possible because in the
next few days the conference committee
on 528 will
convene. I am a conferee on that that bill
and I will be advocating for the
creation of these jobs in Anderson and
I know that there are many other
Shelbyville area and also Representative Austin
from the Anderson area will also
be fighting hard for these jobs.
So, let’s hope that we can
convince the General Assembly of the
importance of these jobs
and have a true jobs bill at the end of
this session in the form of
Senate Bill 528.