Today is Monday, June 22 and we were just notified that the House will be in session tomorrow at 4:00pm. The Indiana Senate is voting, and will probably pass, the Governor’s budget tomorrow afternoon. Once that budget is passed, it will go to a Conference Committee, just like a regular session where the “negotiating” or “compromising” begins. Currently, the House Democratic budget that they passed last week, on a party-line vote, is unbalanced and spends down all of the State’s reserves AND the Major Moves Trust Fund. There are rampant rumors floating around that House Speaker Pat Bauer intends to drag out this Conference Committee and refuse to settle on a responsible budget that will protect Hoosier families. If we don’t have a budget passed by the end of June we, again, float in “unchartered” waters into more political mud. My goal is to have a budget that is honestly balanced that does not set us up for a tax increase next year. I’ll keep you posted this week as events continue to unfold.
On another note, summer parades begin!! I would enjoy the opportunity to have you join me in walking or riding bikes for the upcoming parade season! Saturday, June 27th, is the Lakeville Parade, and lineup is at 8am, and the parade begins at 9am. The parade lines up behind the Subway Shop on US 31 South and ends at Newton Park. The following Saturday, July 3, the Walkerton Parade is an evening parade, line up at 6:30pm, parade begins at 7:30pm, and begins at Urey Middle School and ends at the High School. Sunday, July 19th the Elkhart County 4H Fair Parade is HUGE and begins at Noon at the Linway Plaza in Goshen. I might be riding my bike this year in some of the parades but we’ll have a truck with water for the walkers and candy for the kids. It’s always a lot of fun!
Please RSVP for any parades to Rebecca@Faulknerstrategies.com or call and leave me a message at 574-293-6622.
Thanks and stay tuned!
State Representative Jackie Walorski