PRESIDENT CLINTON AND VICE PRESIDENT GORE'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Indiana
PRESIDENT CLINTON AND VICE PRESIDENT GORE'S
EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
- Unemployment Down to 3.4%: The unemployment rate in Indiana has declined from 6% to 3.4% since 1993.
- 406,800 New Jobs: 406,800 new jobs have been created in Indiana since 1993 -- an average of 53,644 per year, compared to an average of just 37,650 jobs per year in the previous administration.
- 379,000 New Private Sector Jobs: Since 1993, 379,000 new private sector jobs have been created in Indiana—an average of 49,978 jobs per year, compared to an average of just 30,325 private sector jobs per year in the previous administration.
- 53,900 New Manufacturing Jobs: 53,900 manufacturing jobs have been created in Indiana since 1993 -- an average of 7,108 jobs per year. In contrast, an average of 3,175 manufacturing jobs were lost each year during the previous administration.
- 29,400 New Construction Jobs: 29,400 construction jobs have been created in Indiana since 1993 -- an average of 3,877 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. President Clinton and Vice President Gore have called on Congress to raise the minimum wage by an additional $1.00 over two years.
- 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].
- Homeownership Has Increased in Indiana: Homeownership in Indiana has increased from 69.0% to 72.9% since 1993.
- Home Building Up 4.3%: Home building in Indiana has increased by an average of 4.3% per year since 1993.
- Poverty Has Fallen: Nationally, the poverty rate has fallen from 15.1% in 1993 to 11.8% in 1999, the lowest level since 1979. In Indiana, the poverty rate has fallen from 12.2% in 1993 to 8.0% in 1999. [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.
- Indiana's Families Reap Benefits of Deficit Reduction: Public debt is on track to be $2.4 trillion lower in 2000 than was projected in 1993. Debt reduction brings real benefits for the American people -- a family in Indiana with a home mortgage of $100,000 might expect to save roughly $2,000 per year in mortgage payments. Reduced debt also means lower interest rates and reduced payments on car loans and student loans.
- 2.2% Growth in Commercial and Industrial Loans and Leases: Since 1993, Indiana has experienced a 2.2% annual growth rate in commercial and industrial loans and leases. In contrast, commercial and industrial loans and leases fell by an annual average of 4.1% during the previous administration.
EXPANDING ACCESS TO EDUCATION
- Over 13,000 Children in Head Start: 13,057 Indiana children were enrolled in Head Start in 1999. In FY00, Indiana will receive $74 million in Head Start funding, an increase of $35.9 million over 1993.
- More High-Quality Teachers With Smaller Classes for Indiana's Schools: Thanks to the Class Size Reduction Initiative, Indiana received $20 million in 1999 to hire about 517 new, well-prepared public school teachers and reduce class size in the early grades. President Clinton secured funding for a second installment of the plan, giving Indiana an additional $21.8 million in 2000.
- $8.2 Million in Goals 2000 Funding: This year [FY00], Indiana receives $8.2 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. [Education Department, 12/3/99]
- Over $6 Million for Technology Literacy: This year [FY00], Indiana receives $6.1 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.
- $119.2 Million for Students Most in Need: Indiana will receive $119.2 million in Title I Grants (to Local Educational 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 [FY00]. This includes over $2 million in accountability grants, to help states and school districts turn around the worst performing schools and hold them accountable for results.
- $137.2 Million in Pell Grants: This year [FY00], Indiana will receive $137.2 million in Pell Grants for low-income students going to college, benefiting 72,155 Indiana students.
- Expanded Work-Study To Help More Students Work Their Way Through College: The FY00 budget includes a significant expansion of the Federal Work Study program. Indiana will receive $18.3 million in Work-Study funding in 2000 to help Indiana students work their way through college.
- Over 2,600 Have Served in Indiana through AmeriCorps: Since the National Service program began in 1993, 2,619 AmeriCorps participants have earned money for college while working in Indiana's schools, hospitals, neighborhoods or parks. [through 2/00]
- 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: President Clinton's FY 2001 budget would triple funding for the dislocated workers program over 1992 levels. Indiana received $11.3 million in 1999 to help 6,710 dislocated workers get the training and reemployment services they need to return to work as quickly as possible. In FY 2000, Indiana will receive over $10.5 million to provide job training services for dislocated workers.
FIGHTING CRIME AND VIOLENCE
- Crime Falls in Indiana's Cities: Under the Clinton-Gore Administration, America has experienced the longest continuous drop in crime on record. 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]
- 1,410 More Police: The President's 1994 Crime Bill has funded 1,410 new police officers to date in communities across Indiana. [through 7/00]
- 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.
- $26.4 Million to Combat Domestic Violence: Through the Violence Against Women Act, Indiana has received approximately $26.4 million in federal funds to establish more women's shelters and bolster law enforcement, prosecution and victims' services. [through 9/2000]
- Nearly $1.3 Million in Grants for Battered Women and Children: In FY99, Indiana received nearly $1.3 million in HHS's Family Violence Prevention Program grants to assist women and children fleeing domestic abuse.
- $7.7 Million to Keep Drugs & Violence Out of Indiana Schools: Indiana receives $7.7 million in FY00 for the Safe & Drug Free Schools Program, which invests in school security and drug prevention programs.
MOVING INDIANA RESIDENTS FROM WELFARE TO WORK
- 100,896 Fewer People on Welfare: There are 100,896 fewer people on welfare in Indiana now than there were at the beginning of 1993 -- a 48% decrease. [through 6/99]
- 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 1991 and 1997, teen birth rates declined 10.4% in Indiana.
- $45.3 Million for Indiana Welfare-to-Work: In 1998 and 1999, Indiana received a total of $28.1 million in Federal welfare-to-work state formula grants, helping Indiana welfare recipients get and keep jobs. In addition, in 1999 and 1998 a total of $17.2 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 Over 31,000 Uninsured Indiana Children: In 1997, President Clinton passed the largest single investment in health care for children since 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 that children need to grow up strong and healthy. Two million children nationwide have health care coverage thanks to the President's plan, including 31,246 in Indiana. [HHS, Health Care Financing Administration, FY99 SCHIP enrollment data]
- Helping Over 128,000 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 FY99, Indiana received $67.2 million in total WIC grant funding, helping 128,472 women, infants and children in need receive health and food assistance. [through 8/99]
- 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, 90% or more of America's toddlers received the most critical doses of each of the routinely recommended vaccines in 1996, 1997, and again in 1998 —surpassing the President's 1993 goal. In Indiana in 1998, 93% of two-year olds received the vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis; 89% received the vaccine for polio; 93% received the vaccine for measles, and 91% received the vaccine for Haemophilus influenzae B, the bacteria causing a form of meningitis.
- Funding for HIV/AIDS Assistance Programs: In FY 2000, Indiana will receive over $3.4 million in Ryan White Title II formula grants. This funding provides people living with HIV and AIDS medical and support services. Also through the Ryan White Act, Indiana will receive over $4.4 million for state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs), which help those without insurance obtain much needed prescription drugs. There has been a tenfold increase in ADAP funding in the last four years, up from $52 million in 1996 to $528 million in 2000. [HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, 4/7/00]
- 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
- $9.5 Million in Safe Drinking Water Funding: This year [FY00], thanks to President Clinton, Indiana will receive $9.5 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.
- 18 Superfund Sites Cleaned Up: Since the President took office in 1993, the EPA has completed 18 toxic waste site clean-ups in Indiana. This is four and a half times the number of sites cleaned up under the previous two administrations combined. [through 3/1/00]
- 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
- $49.7 Million in Federal Emergency Assistance: Since 1993, Indiana has received $49.7 million in disaster relief. This includes $10 million in assistance to those suffering from severe winter storms, severe storms and flooding in 1998. [FEMA, 2/29/00]
EXPANDING FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT
- Over $2 Billion in Federal Highway Aid: Since 1993, Indiana has received over $2 billion in federal highway aid, including $11 million for emergency relief in response to natural disasters and $200,000 for scenic byways. These funds have helped generate 82,695 jobs. [through FY99]
- Over $301 Million in Transit Funding: The Federal Transportation Administration has provided over $301 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 $198.3 Million in Aviation Funds: From FY93-FY99 Indiana received over $198.3 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 1999, the United States Coast Guard saved 5 lives and $900,000 of property in Indiana.