Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Special Session Legislative Update

Dear Hoosiers,

The Special Session of the General Assembly has become a 3-ring circus….under the direction of the ringleader himself, Speaker Bauer. It is due to his theatrics during the regular session that we’re even in Special Session….costing more taxpayer dollars. Now, he’s in charge of yet another 3-ring circus and this one is in full swing.

Let’s be clear why the Governor called the Legislature into this session…to pass a balanced budget. To simply pass a budget that only spends as much money as it takes in. Instead, Bauer has brought other issues to the table that absolutely could and should wait until January. One ring of the circus is going to introduce and debate a CIB bailout bill that will include more gaming in Indiana and they might even have a gaming bailout bill. Another ring is taking direct fire at FSSA and the Governor, again wasting more time and taxpayers money on an issue that could and should wait until January.

While the rings are spinning the clock is ticking. Monday, Day 2 of session, the House was due to convene at 1:30 p.m. but the Speaker didn’t “convene” us until 4:50 p.m.…we sat there in Indianapolis, at taxpayer expense, for 3 ½ hours! So, when we did convene we said the pledge, signed in our attendance and adjourned in 4 minutes.

One might think that perhaps the Speaker of the House is intentionally wasting time and money so that it will be impossible to have a budget by the end of June and then blame the Governor for shutting down the State of Indiana. I can assure you that if he keeps wasting time and money and we have no budget…the blame will end up squarely on the shoulders of the Speaker who seems to be orchestrating pure “chaos” for the sake of political gamesmanship.

Hoosiers should be outraged. I am. Yesterday, I left my house at 9:00 a.m. and returned home at nearly 10 p.m. and was in session for 4 minutes. It’s these kinds of antics that erode the public’s trust in government and lead to higher taxes and less accountability.

Stay Tuned,

Jackie Walorski

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