EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
Unemployment Down to 3%: The unemployment rate in Indiana has declined from 6% to 3% since 1993. 363,000 New Jobs: 363,000 new jobs have been created in Indiana since 1993 -- an average of 57,316 per year, compared to an average of just 37,650 jobs per year in the previous administration. 341,200 New Private Sector Jobs: Since 1993, 341,200 new private sector jobs have been created in Indiana-an average of 53,874 jobs per year, compared to an average of just 30,325 private sector jobs per year in the previous administration. 47,300 New Manufacturing Jobs: 47,300 manufacturing jobs have been created in Indiana since 1993 -- an average of 7,468 jobs per year. In contrast, an average of 3,175 manufacturing jobs were lost each year during the previous administration. 28,100 New Construction Jobs: 28,100 construction jobs have been created in Indiana since 1993 -- an average of 4,437 jobs per year. In contrast, an average of only 1,725 construction jobs were created each year during the previous administration. 222,000 Have Received a Raise: Approximately 105,000 Indiana workers benefited from an increase in the minimum wage-from $4.25 to $4.75 -- on October 1, 1996. They, along with about 117,000 more received an additional raise-from $4.75 to $5.15 -- on September 1, 1997. Business Failures Down 17.5% Per Year: Business failures in Indiana have dropped an average of 17.5% per year since 1993, after increasing 17.6% per year during the previous 12 years [Oct. 98 data]. Home Ownership Has Increased in Indiana: Home ownership in Indiana has increased from 69.6% to 71.8% since the fourth quarter of 1993. Home Building Up 5.6%: Home building in Indiana has increased by an average of 5.6% per year since 1993, after increasing only 3.3% per year during the previous administration. Poverty Has Fallen: Nationally, the poverty rate has fallen from 15.1% in 1993 to 13.3% in 1997. In Indiana, the poverty rate has fallen from 12.2% in 1993 to 8.8% in 1997-- down 3.4% under President Clinton. [Census Bureau] A $500 Child Tax Credit to Help Families Raising Children: To help make it easier for families to raise their children, the balanced budget included a $500 per-child tax credit for children under 17. Thanks to President Clinton, the balanced budget delivers a child tax credit to 650,000 families in Indiana. Over $25,000 of Reduced Federal Debt for Every Family of Four: The national debt will be $1.7 trillion lower in FY99 than projected in 1993 -- that's $25,000 less debt for each family of four in Indiana this year.
EXPANDING ACCESS TO EDUCATION
Nearly 13,000 Children in Head Start: Nearly 13,000 Indiana children were enrolled in Head Start in 1998. In FY99, Indiana will receive $65.1 million in Head Start funding, an increase of $27.2 million over 1993. More High-Quality Teachers With Smaller Classes for Indiana's Schools: Thanks to President Clinton, the final FY99 budget provides for the first year of the President's new initiative to hire 100,000 new, well-prepared teachers, to reduce class sizes in the early grades to a national average of 18. Indiana receives $20 million in 1999 to hire about 517 new public school teachers. And, under President Clinton's proposal, Indiana would receive $23 million in FY2000 to support a total of 640 teachers. $8.3 Million in Goals 2000 Funding: This year [FY99], Indiana receives $8.3 million in Goals 2000 funding. This money is used to raise academic achievement by raising academic standards, increasing parental and community involvement in education, expanding the use of computers and technology in classrooms, and supporting high-quality teacher professional development. $6.3 Million for Technology Literacy: This year [FY99], Indiana receives $6.3 million for the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund which helps communities and the private sector ensure that every student is equipped with the computer literacy skills needed for the 21st century. Over $118 Million for Students Most in Need: Indiana receives over $118 million in Title I Grants (to Local Education Agencies) providing extra help in the basics for students most in need, particularly communities and schools with high concentrations of children in low-income families [FY99]. This is an increase of $4.2 million over FY98 funding. $133 Million in Pell Grants: This year [FY99], Indiana will receive $133 million in Pell Grants for low-income students going to college, an additional $6.2 million over last year. With this increase, a total of 73,200 Indiana students will benefit. Expanded Work-Study To Help More Students Work Their Way Through College: The FY99 budget includes a significant expansion of the Federal Work Study program. Indiana will receive $16.3 million in Work-Study funding in 1999 to help Indiana students work their way through college. Over 1,600 Have Served in Indiana through AmeriCorps: Since the National Service program began in 1993, 1,617 AmeriCorps participants have earned money for college while working in Indiana's schools, hospitals, neighborhoods or parks. [through 11/98] Tuition Tax Credits in Balanced Budget Open the Doors of College and Promote Lifelong Learning: The balanced budget included both President Clinton's $1,500 HOPE Scholarship to help make the first two years of college as universal as a high school diploma and a Lifetime Learning Tax Credit for college juniors, seniors, graduate students and working Americans pursuing lifelong learning to upgrade their skills. This 20% tax credit will be applied to the first $5,000 of tuition and fees through 2002 and to the first $10,000 thereafter. 117,000 students in Indiana will receive a HOPE Scholarship tax credit of up to $1,500. 143,000 students in Indiana will receive the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. [fully phased-in FY2000 estimate] Expanded Job Training to Indiana's Dislocated Workers: Thanks to President Clinton, the FY99 budget includes a significant expansion in the dislocated worker program. Indiana will receive $11.3 million in 1999 to help 6,710 of Indiana's dislocated workers get the training and reemployment services they need to return to work as quickly as possible
FIGHTING CRIME AND VIOLENCE
Crime Falls in Indiana's Cities: Since 1992, serious crime, as indicated by the crime index, has fallen 6% in South Bend, with an 18% drop in robbery and a 6% decline in murder. Serious crime has also fallen 3% in Fort Wayne and 16% in Gary. In addition, murders in Evansville have dropped 13%. [1992 and 1997 Uniform Crime Reports] 1,231 More Police: The President's 1994 Crime Bill has funded 1,231 new police officers to date in communities across Indiana. [through 7/99] Reducing Crime with Drug Courts: Working to reduce drug-related crime in Indiana, the Clinton Administration has awarded Drug Court grants to the communities of Fort Wayne, Gary, South Bend and Terre Haute. The Administration had previously awarded grants to a number of Indiana communities including: Lawrenceburg, Bloomington, Greenwood, Indianapolis and Lafayette. Drug courts use the coercive power of the criminal justice system to combine drug testing, sanctions, supervision and treatment to push nonviolent, drug-abusing offenders to stop using drugs and committing crimes. $3.6 Million to Combat Domestic Violence: Through the Violence Against Women Act, Indiana received $3.6 million in federal funds in FY98 to establish more women's shelters and bolster law enforcement, prosecution and victims' services. Nearly $1.3 Million in Grants for Battered Women and Children: In FY98, Indiana received approximately $1.3 million in HHS's Family Violence Prevention Program grants to assist women and children fleeing domestic abuse, an additional $220,000 increase over FY97. $7.7 Million to Keep Drugs & Violence Out of Indiana Schools: Indiana has received $7.7 million in FY99 for the Safe & Drug Free Schools Program, which invests in school security and drug prevention programs.
MOVING INDIANA RESIDENTS FROM WELFARE TO WORK
96,202 Fewer People on Welfare: There are 96,202 fewer people on welfare in Indiana now than there were at the beginning of 1993 -- a 46% decrease. [through 12/98] Child Support Collections Up 83%: Child support collections have increased by $103 million-or 83% -- in Indiana since FY92. [through FY98] Encouraging Responsible Choices-Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Indiana: Since 1993, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have supported innovative and promising teen pregnancy prevention strategies, with significant components of the strategy becoming law in the 1996 Personal Responsibility Act. The law requires unmarried minor parents to stay in school and live at home or in a supervised setting; encourages "second chance homes" to provide teen parents with the skills and support they need; and provides $50 million a year in new funding for state abstinence education activities. Efforts are making a difference, adolescent pregnancy rates and teen abortion rates are declining. And between 1992 and 1997, teen birth rates declined 8% in Indiana. $36.8 Million for Indiana Welfare-to-Work: In 1998, Indiana received $14.6 million in Federal welfare-to-work state formula grants (the state matched $7.3 million in funding), helping Indiana welfare recipients get and keep jobs. In addition, $15.0 million in competitive grants were awarded to Indiana localities to support innovative welfare-to-work strategies. Part of the President's comprehensive efforts to move recipients from welfare to work, this funding was included in the $3 billion welfare to work fund in the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. Helping People Get to Work: Through the Access to Jobs initiative, the Clinton-Gore Administration is working with communities across the country to design transportation solutions to help welfare recipients and other low-income workers get to and from work. Gary, Indianapolis, and Muncie have received a total of $1.14 million this year to fund innovative transit projects.
INVESTING IN INDIANA'S HEALTH
Health Care for Uninsured Children: The balanced budget included the largest single investment in health care for children since the passage of Medicaid in 1965 -- an unprecedented $24 billion over five years to cover as many as five million children throughout the nation. This investment guarantees the full range of benefits-from checkups to surgery -- that children need to grow up strong and healthy. It ensures that prescription drugs, vision, hearing, and mental health coverage now offered at the state level are extended to millions of uninsured children. To expand health coverage to more uninsured children in Indiana the balanced budget provided $71 million in 1998. This compares to the 1995 Republican plan vetoed by President Clinton that would have denied health coverage to 93,000 children in Indiana. Helping 131,000 Indiana Women and Children with WIC: The Clinton Administration is committed to full funding in the Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). In FY98, Indiana received $67.1 million in total WIC grant funding, helping 131,000 women, infants and children in need receive health and food assistance. More Toddlers Are Being Immunized: As a result of the President's 1993 Childhood Immunization Initiative, childhood immunization rates have reached an historic high. According to the CDC,by 1996, 90% or more of America's toddlers received the most critical doses of each of the routinely recommended vaccines-surpassing the President's 1993 goal. In Indiana in 1997, 95% of two-year olds received the vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis; 89% received the vaccine for polio; 89% received the vaccine for measles, and 91% received the vaccine for Haemophilus influenzae B, the bacteria causing a form of meningitis. Increased Funding for Ryan White by $18.6 Million: Between 1993 and 1998, Indiana communities received $18.6 million in Ryan White formula and other HIV/AIDS program funds. This funding provides people living with HIV and AIDS medical and support services, including the AIDS Drug Assistance Program which helps those without insurance obtain much needed prescription drugs. [HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, 12/98] Tobacco Plan Will Cut Smoking and Premature Deaths by 47% in Indiana: The Clinton Administration's tobacco proposal, combined with the recently enacted state tobacco settlements, will cut youth smoking and resulting premature deaths 47% in Indiana by 2004. Between 2000 and 2004, 96,900 of Indiana's youth will be kept from smoking and 31,000 will be spared a premature tobacco-related death. [Treasury Dept., 2/99] 3,330,000 Americans in Indiana Cannot Be Assured They Have Patient Protections: Even if Indiana enacted all the protections in the Patients' Bill of Rights, 3,330,000 people in Indiana cannot be assured they have the comprehensive patient protections recommended by the President's Advisory Commission. This is because the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) may preempt state-enacted protections. That is why the President has called on Congress to pass a federally enforceable patients' bill of rights so that everyone enrolled in managed care may have a basic set of protections. Notably, 1,600,000 Indiana women are in ERISA health plans and are therefore not necessarily protected. Women are particularly vulnerable without these protections because they are greater users of health care services, they make three-quarters of the health care decisions for their families, and they have specific health care needs addressed by a patients' bill of rights.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
$10.9 Million in Safe Drinking Water Funding: This year [FY99], thanks to President Clinton, Indiana will receive $9.1 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Funds to provide low-interest loans to municipalities to build, improve, and prevent pollution of drinking water systems. In addition, Indiana will receive $1.8 million in Public Water Supply Supervision grants to help monitor drinking water quality and enforce health standards. 17 Superfund Sites Cleaned Up: Since the President took office in 1993, the EPA has completed 17 toxic waste site clean-ups in Indiana. The sites are located in Spencer, Seymour, Columbus, Columbia City, Fort Wayne, Elkhart, Osceola, South Bend, Zionsville, Kingsbury, Vincennes, Marion, Michigan City, Gary (2), and Indianapolis (2) [through 6/99]. This is more than four times the number of sites cleaned up under the previous two administrations combined. Revitalizing Brownfields in Indiana: As part of the Clinton-Gore Administration's efforts to clean up Brownfields, the EPA has awarded grants to Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Northwest Indiana cities and the State of Indiana for environmental clean-up and economic revitalization. These projects are intended to jump-start local clean-up efforts by providing funds to return unproductive, abandoned, contaminated urban properties to productive use.
SPEARHEADING URBAN RENEWAL EFFORTS
Revitalizing Indiana's Communities: Indianapolis was designated an Enterprise Community in December, 1994 and was awarded $3 million to create more jobs, housing, and economic opportunity for area residents. In 1999, Gary/East Chicago was designated a New Urban Empowerment Zone and Austin was named a Rural Enterprise Community. Expanding the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Will Help Develop 3,600 To 4,300 New Affordable Housing Units in Indiana Over the Next 5 Years: Last year, the President and Vice President pushed for a 40-percent expansion in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. This year, the President and Vice President will try again to enact tax incentives to develop affordable housing. In Indiana alone, this proposal would mean an additional 3,600 - 4,300 quality rental housing units for low-income American families during the next five years.
PROVIDING DISASTER RELIEF
$41.8 Million in Federal Emergency Assistance: Since 1993, Indiana has received $41.8 million in disaster relief. This includes $10 million in assistance to those suffering from severe winter storms, severe storms and flooding in 1998. [FEMA, 12/98]
EXPANDING FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT
Over $2.5 Billion in Federal Highway Aid: Since 1993, Indiana has received over $2.5 billion in federal highway aid. Included in this funding is $1 million for emergency relief in response to natural disasters. These funds have helped generate 105,504 jobs. [through FY98] Over $243 Million in Transit Funding: The Federal Transportation Administration has provided over $243 million in funding since 1993 to support mass transportation in Indiana. The funds have been primarily used to replace and repair the state's bus system. Special projects include: $608,069 discretionary grant to the Indiana Department of Transportation in March 1997 to construct a day care center in Greater Lafayette. Over $170 Million in Airport Improvement Program Funds: From FY93-FY98 Indiana received over $170 million in Airport Improvement Program funds to help build and renovate airports, and, when necessary, to provide funds for noise abatement to improve the quality of life for residents who live near airports. Saving Lives and Property: In 1997 the United States Coast Guard saved 6 lives and over $1.9 million of property in Indiana.
Last Updated July 1999