If you listen to the media and their liberal friends, Indiana has been terribly harmed from the RFRA battle and the only thing that can repair our image now, is to pass special rights for homosexuals and transgenders. They make it sound as if every minute that we wait to pass this measure further harms the state and cripples our economic viability. (Never mind that only 19 states have similar laws, and businesses can already hire whomever they want without a new state law harming religious liberty or freedom of speech.)
Now comes news from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation announcing that 2015 is a record breaking year for new jobs in Indiana. An amazing 323 companies have relocated to or expanded in Indiana creating over 26,000 new jobs this year. It comes to more than $4.7 billion in new business investment in our maligned state.
Many of these companies are coming to Indiana from states that have special rights for homosexual behavior. If you listen to liberals, that just isn’t possible. Illinois is one of the states that has a law granting special rights for homosexual behavior, which entities like the Indianapolis Star claim is oh so critical to our economic viability. A full 1/6th of the business relocations are coming here from Barack Obama’s home state. More than 50 companies have moved from Illinois to Indiana in a year when the RFRA hysteria was supposed to have seriously damaged us.
There’s more . . . these are not fast food jobs. The average wage of these new jobs, according to the Department of Economic Development is 15% above the state average. The average hourly wage for these 26,000 new Hoosier jobs is $26.87.
What of the much talked about high tech companies, many of which seemed to come out against RFRA, trash Indiana, and demand that we adopt the special rights for sexual orientation and gender identity? Perception again clashes with reality. Indiana has seen an 150% increase in new tech companies coming here or expanding in this RFRA year over 2014.
Hoosiers are being fed a false narrative which claims that we are doomed unless we embrace the gay agenda like California, New York or Delaware (bastions of economic growth, eh?). Don’t you believe it!! Senate Bill 100 or any other measure that elevates homosexual behavior and limits freedoms of speech, religion and association are not necessary and should be rejected by the Governor and the state legislature.
You may want to call your elected leaders and let them know this march toward liberal social engineering is divisive and not necessary. You can read more about these economic gains here: