The American Jobs Plan: The Need for Action in Indiana
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today called for the Indiana Republican Party to get on board with President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan (AJP) because it would bring additional childcare benefits to Hoosier families across Indiana. Currently, that reality doesn’t exist because about 55-percent of Hoosiers live in a “childcare desert”. This deficit has created a need for renovations and improvements to Indiana’s schools and early learning facilities — totalling close to $518 million in needed investment.
The support for the American Jobs Plan and the opportunity it could bring for Indiana and its families couldn’t be more evident. Recent polling, including data from a Yahoo News/YouGov poll, found a large majority of Americans favored many elements of the AJP — including investments in childcare.
Indiana Democrats believe now is the time for the Indiana Republican Party to join Democrats and a majority of voters — including Republicans — in delivering this once-in-a-century opportunity for hard-working Hoosiers. However, this means Republicans in the Indiana General Assembly would need to commit to the effort – and their recent ploy to provide shadow workplace protections for pregnant Hoosier women falls way short of these expectations. Opposing the AJP would mean Indiana Republicans aren’t serious because they’ll just put their partisanship ahead of getting things done for workers, unions, families, and the economic future of Indiana.
This crossroads moment for the state is why the Indiana Democratic Party supports the American Jobs Plan. Democrats are ready to get to work and responsibly get things done for all Hoosiers — regardless of politics.