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Democratic Senate Candidate Announces Jobs Plan

Joe Donnelly says he will invest more in education funding for areas that spur job growth.

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Joe Donnelly Speaks at Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in 2006.

Democratic Senate candidate Joe Donnelly is touring the state as he unveils his jobs plan. The South Bend congressman’s first stop was an Xylogenics, Inc., an alternative fuel laboratory.

The laboratory produces a type of yeast that makes ethanol production more efficient, and Donnelly says ensuring Hoosier companies like Xylogenics continue receiving necessary fiscal support is one of the keys to his jobs plan.

“This helps us to become energy independent, helps us to become a stronger nation and helps create more jobs here,” he says.

Other facets of his plan include restructuring America’s tax policies to “make sure a hedge fund manager’s tax rate isn’t lower than a firefighter’s.” His plan also includes legislation that invests money in job training and higher education.

“It targets education funding at those areas where jobs are being created,” he says. “So, for instance, like at Ivy Tech and other schools, that the money goes to the areas where jobs are being created like manufacturing and others.”

Donnelly is running unopposed in the Democratic primary and will face the winner of the Republican primary contest between Richard Lugar and Richard Murdock.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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