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Ind. House Speaker Presses State on Job Figures

Posted By RVBusiness On June 14, 2010 @ 1:39 pm In Breaking News | No Comments

Ind. House Speaker Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, has sent a letter to Indiana Secretary of Commerce Mitch Roob asking for information on whether companies have met their job commitments, according to a Bauer news release. A response from the Indiana Economic Development Corp. says an update on the information request will be provided by June 25.

Several of the companies about which Bauer is seeking information are RV firms which received state incentives to expand or remain in the Hoosier state. The list includes Dometic Corp.in Elkhart, Earthbound RV LLC in Marion and Riverside Travel Trailers Inc. in Peru.

Letter from House Speaker Pat Bauer to Secretary of Commerce Mitch Roob

Director Mitch Roob,

In reports to the media in March of 2010, you were quoted as “believing about 87%” of the jobs promised by companies receiving state incentives have actually been created. This, by your own admission, means 13% of the jobs that were promised were not realized. After inspection of the IEDC incentive compliance reports submitted to the General Assembly as required under IC 5-28-28-5, and published on the internet at http://www.in.gov/legislative/igareports/agency/iedc.html, my staff was unable to locate any finding of noncompliance in any IEDC compliance report.

Due to this discrepancy, please consider this letter my formal request, pursuant to the Access to Public Records Act (IC 5-14-3), for copies of any records evidencing the noncompliance you self-reported in March of 2010.

I am aware that your agency has refused to release various records relating to job creation incentives in the past. I am also aware that the IEDC has broad discretion under IC 5-14-3-4.5 to keep records relating to incentive negotiations confidential. As you may know K-12 education has been cut by $300 M. Some estimate that as many as 7,000 teachers will lose their jobs, and the state unemployment rate remains around 10%. In these times, I would urge the IEDC to exercise its discretion in favor of sharing vital information with Hoosier taxpayers about Indiana’s true level of job creation success.

In SEA 23-2010, sec. 14, the General Assembly passed a new statute, IC 5-28-28-9, that requires the IEDC, upon request, to make available information specifying each company’s compliance with its incentive agreement. In light of this new legislation, I would request that the following details be left unredacted in any noncompliance records you provide:

  1. The county where each company is or was expected to be located.
  2. Each company’s promised number of new or retained jobs.
  3. Each company’s actual number of new or retain jobs.
  4. Any state incentives each company received in exchange for the company’s job promises.

I thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Speaker B. Patrick Bauer

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