The motto of Indiana is “The Crossroads of America.” If Indiana’s 4th Congressional District had a motto it would be the “Crossroads of the Crossroad.” The 4th district contains five of the state’s fourteen highway systems, the 6th largest air cargo transport hub in the nation, and one of the leading rail yards in the Midwest. It is clear why so many distribution centers and logistics companies call the 4th district their home. Indiana has firmly placed itself at the heart of global supply chain management. As a result, Indiana is one of the few states with an international trade surplus. As technology has created the Silicon Valley economic miracle, so too will logistics create an economic boom for Indiana, and the 4th district can be at the center of that economic expansion.
Many areas of our national transportation infrastructure are in need of reform. Due to poor policies and pork barrel earmarks, the days of “Bridges to Nowhere” have left strategic parts of our nation’s logistical infrastructure at risk of destroying an already weak economy. My Four Initiatives Plan introduces four simple policy and cultural changes which will ensure our economy is not ruined by political self-interest and neglect.
- Logistics Infrastructure Investment Tax Credit
- Gas Tax Reform
- Ensure funding for locks and dams
- Jones Act Reform
If implemented, these policies will allow our nation’s air, road, rail, and waterway infrastructure to keep pace with the increasing demand for capacity, as well as increase revenues for every member of the global supply chain. The result will be lower costs to consumers as well as increased resources for companies looking to put Hoosiers back to work. These initiatives, combined with specific projects impacting the 4th district, will ensure that our district remains the primary intersection within the Crossroads of America.