Democrat Leader Scott Pelath, Michigan City, today issued the following
statement on the first half of the 2017 session of the Indiana General
“I don’t think
Ronald Reagan would recognize the Republican Party of today in Indiana.
“While I’m sure
that the Indiana House Republicans are pleased with what they’ve done this
session, I’m not so sure anyone else is joyful.
through a road plan that taxes too much and gives unlimited power to toll.
“They passed a
budget that certainly will be applauded by the testing companies who will
get millions for ISTEP or ILEARN or whatever bogus name they can conjure up
to try and make people forget they are selling the same old test that no one
liked. However, the same budget doesn’t do enough for our public schools,
and returns to the same old formula of diverting more and more toward
private subsidies and charters.
“They said that the
people of Indiana do not have the right to choose who serves as the
Superintendent of Public Instruction.
“They simply could
not resist the impulse to interfere in the private health care decisions of
women across Indiana.
“Yes, they may feel
they’ve done a wonderful job, but the storm clouds for the remainder of the
session have formed.
“Already we have
heard the rumblings from the Senate gurus that the House Republican road
plan takes too much from Hoosier taxpayers, and the House Republican budget
isn’t that great, either. And as for the idea that the people of Indiana
shouldn’t elect a Superintendent of Public Instruction--well, the Senate
went bipartisan to vote against that idea.
“As the people of
Indiana watch the warring Republican factions in the House and Senate
prepare for battle, House Democrats remain ready and able to help.
“Our road plan
doesn’t raise taxes or tolls. Our budget cuts excessive state spending, and
assures that our schools don’t see funding cuts --again.
Republicans get finished deciding whichever plan of theirs is in more
trouble, give us a call and we’ll lend a hand.”