Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

State News

November 20, 2012

Leising looks at session ahead

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INDIANAPOLIS —

Still, many of those who graduate high school and want to go the college route are finding that it’s simply unaffordable. Legislators will consider initiatives to help our higher education hopefuls save money and graduate from college on time. Some want to use an incentive program that gives more state funding to public universities and colleges that meet performance goals like improving on-time graduation rates and degree completion. Expect college performance funding to come up in budget discussions.

We will also discuss how to respond to federal health care reform at the state level. The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act gave states more flexibility to make changes to their health   care systems, but that flexibility brings about some tough choices. The Washington approach would cost Indiana more than $2 billion by 2020 and drive up our health insurance premiums.

This session, I will work with other legislators to use homegrown, financially responsible ideas like the Healthy Indiana Plan to meet the law’s requirements without surrendering our health care decisions to Washington bureaucrats. There’s no denying this reform poses a huge challenge, but it’s still possible for common sense to offset some of the law’s harm.

Maintaining a balanced budget, keeping taxes low, improving education and responding to federal health care reform are just a few of the many topics that will be explored during the 2013 session.

Soon, a legislative update with a survey will be delivered to households in our district. Your input is very important, and I encourage you to complete this survey so that I can better gauge your thoughts on initiatives that will be discussed, debated and voted on in the upcoming year.

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