I’m Robert Enders, and I’m the Libertarian candidate for Indiana State House, 80th District.
There needs to be a serious dialogue about the future of Indiana. There has been a tendency among politicians to support issues simply because their own party supports those issues, and to oppose issues for the same reason. “Winning” and “losing” have taken precedence over what is actually good for the state. Most Republican state representatives are supporting Gov. Daniels’ plan to sell the Indiana Toll Road for much less than it is worth.
Representatives have been promoting pet projects for their own districts. Everyone wants a bigger piece of the pork pie. Yet the net costs of that pie outweigh the net benefits. Many Democrats have supported the wasteful “Build Indiana Fund” that sent money, not where it was needed, but toward whomever had the most political pull.
Large out-of-state corporations solicit special tax breaks and subsidies from the state and local governments by promising to create more jobs. But these handouts mean a higher tax burden on existing Indiana businesses of all sizes and Hoosier taxpayers of all income levels.
Indiana can show a commitment to the companies that have been here for years by cutting taxes and wasteful spending, instead of throwing money at corporations that are not serious about staying. This way, we can spur the growth of existing businesses and encourage new companies to be founded as well.