Indiana State Rep. Craig Fry, D-Mishawaka, is trying to revive language from several bills in the Indiana General Assembly that could help Elkhart County’s struggling economy.

Fry’s district includes a portion of Elkhart County which faces 18% employment due to the slowdown in the RV industry.

According to The Third House Advocacy Group LLC blog, three provisions originally passed the Indiana House overwhelmingly but failed to get a hearing in the Senate. They would:

  • Create a sales tax exemption for RVs purchased by out-of-state buyers;
  • Give $250,000 to economic development corporations in counties that have unemployment rates of more than 14%;
  • Create tax incentives for any business of $10 million or more that relocates specifically to Elkhart County before July 1, 2010.

A fourth provision would create a sales tax holiday for RV buyers.

Fry has asked key Democratic legislators, whom he called “prominent players in the budget side of the Democratic leadership,” to insert the language into the budget bill that must be passed yet this session.