The Holcomb Administration has unveiled its 2022 agenda as the Indiana General Assembly convenes Tuesday for a short legislative session. The Next Level Agenda details both legislative and administrative priorities in five categories for the year ahead. During a news conference Monday, Governor Eric Holcomb said the pillars of the plan lead to one goal – strengthening the state’s economy.
“We’ve got a lot of momentum, we want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to keep that momentum going forward,” said Holcomb.
Holcomb says the guidelines focus on areas that support economic growth, including workforce training expansion, improving early childhood education efforts, advancing infrastructure projects, and increasing access to public health services.
“Keep in mind that while we are on the eve of a short session, our priorities and our agenda is not short. It is long, and it is substantial when you consider all the administrative priorities that we have either underway or will soon be launching over the course of this next year,” said Holcomb.
The agenda focuses on working with the legislature to eliminate the business personal property tax on new equipment.
Holcomb says he also wants to give the Indiana Economic Development Corp. new tools to help attract new business and investment to the state.
The governor proposes creating a new funding mechanism to more competitively invest in “transformational economic development opportunities.”
The administration also wants to give greater flexibility within the existing economic tax credit incentive programs.
“We want to look at those collectively, not just individually,” said Holcomb. “When we’re going out and trying to recruit a business, to set up shop here and grow here in the state of Indiana, we also are going to be looking at creating a funding mechanism to capture the long-term benefit that we see with big projects.”
You can view the full briefing on the 2022 Next Level Agenda below: