Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

State News

March 15, 2014

Pelath on 2014 Session: 'Seriously, was that the best we could do?'

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath from Michigan City today issued the following statement on the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly:

“To adequately describe the worthlessness of the latest legislative session, one must look at what was said by Ed Ziegner of the Indianapolis News after the first legislative short session back in 1972:

“‘It has been a bad session in about every way a session can be bad, which is a good many.’

“When the true standard for creativity is set in trying to explain to the people of Indiana that many things have been done on their behalf these past two and a half months – as the governor and the leaders of his super-majorities have tried to do today – you know that the bar of accomplishment is very low.

“There will be a few crumbs for the myopic optimist to attach to: at long, long last, a semblance of a pre-K program in Indiana, as well as the beginnings of a mass transit system in our state.

“But those are precious few threads to attach to when the needs of the people of Indiana are too many. And in those areas, this governor and his super-majorities failed miserably.

“What have we done to reverse the 10-year decline in the household incomes of Hoosiers? What have we done to stop the pay equity gap between Hoosier working men and women? What have we done to increase the number of Hoosiers with a college degree?

“Why, we cut corporate taxes...again. For good measure, we cut the financial institutions tax...again. We also did a bunch of things with the business personal property tax that won’t take effect for a few years.

“These things combine to create a wonderful ‘jobless creation’ plan. These ideas will make shareholders and the very rich happy, but they won’t do one thing to create jobs for Hoosiers now, and they certainly won’t do a thing to pay decent wages to our middle class.

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