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Legislators Tout Bipartisanship Push As Budget Session Looms

House Speaker Brian Bosma addresses other legislators in the Indiana statehouse.

Legislative leaders say they’re looking forward to a more bipartisan effort in the upcoming session than the General Assembly has experience the last two years, even as Republicans enjoy a walkout-proof supermajority in both houses.

House and Senate leaders Thursday spoke about a change in tone from both parties with the legislative session less than a month away. And both Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and Democratic Rep. Linda Lawson (D-Hammond) say the top priority for both caucuses next session is finding ways to reduce the number of Hoosiers without a job.

“We need to have the Department of Workforce Development, higher education, employers, labor organizations, K-12 education…we need to have everyone at the table to discuss the alignment of curriculum and jobs,” Bosma says.

Lawson says the state needs to focus on the education students and adults need to fill 21st C entury jobs.

“Teaching those skills sets and giving people the ability to be able to find those jobs and go out and get them is probably one of our first priorities as a Democratic caucus,” Lawson says.

Bosma says there are 2.4 high tech jobs available for every unemployed Hoosier…but the bulk of those out of work lack the skills to do those jobs.

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