State Issues

2019 Legislative Priorities

Statehouse discussion

Incentivize Rural Revitalization

Expand Broadband Deployment

  • Ask the legislator to support the investment of state dollars in rural and small-town Indiana. (Note that the $100 million will be a significant help but additional investment in infrastructure may be needed in the future).
  • Urge them not to allow undue restrictions to be put in place that limits the successful expansion of broadband.

Increase Rural School Funding 

Restore the Kankakee and Yellow Rivers

Reduce Extraterritorial Authority

  • Cities and towns should not be able to regulate outside of their jurisdictional boundaries.

Improve Assessment Uniformity - Assessments

  • Indiana Farm Bureau supports the General Assembly passing stipulations that bring more uniformity to property tax assessments and that prevent the piece-meal approach currently in place which leads to inconsistent taxing policies and unpredictable business environments.

Improve Assessment Uniformity - Dark Box Assessments

  • Indiana Farm Bureau supports the General Assembly passing provisions that close the loophole being used by commercial businesses to reduce their property tax burden by seeking assessments based on the value of depreciated and older buildings.

Improve Local Government Funding

  • Indiana Farm Bureau asks the Indiana General Assembly to correct this unfunded mandate of housing more prisoners and help local communities address jail overcrowding at the state level instead of on the backs of local property owners.

 

Other Important Issues

Funding for Indiana State Fair Fall Creek Pavilion/Swine Barn

  • Indiana Farm Bureau supports the General Assembly fully funding the request of the Indiana State Fair Commission for the next biennium of $50 million to complete a new Fall Creek Pavilion/Swine Barn.

Funding for Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Purdue University 

  • Indiana Farm Bureau supports the General Assembly fully funding the request of Purdue University to build a new, state-of-the-art small and large animal veterinary teaching hospital.