Darnell read the
following prepared statement:
(Common) Construction Wage Law was passed in 1935 by a majority of our
elected officials to protect our citizens from inequality in the workplace.
To protect Indiana’s workforce from companies outside the state who threaten
our Indiana businesses which pay their taxes here.
furnish benefits and livelihoods that make Indiana strong and provide our
citizens with a fair middle-class wage and benefits that make a good living
“And now our
elected officials in Indianapolis have changed their minds.
“But what has
changed? Do the rights and wages of our citizens no longer warrant
“Is it easier to
welcome companies from out of state to take the jobs of our citizens?
“Do the elected
officials understand that taxes outside of state lines and the loss of local
county income taxes can only hurt communities that need them to survive?
“Or is it as simple
as elected officials having forgotten to do their homework?
“I believe at
around the age of 10 one of my teachers drilled this into my head, from
George Santayana: ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to