Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Update #2 from State Representative Jackie Walorski

Today we were actually in session over an hour! Unreal, since the last two days were six minutes total. We’ll be voting on the House Democrat’s, horrific, unbalanced, one-year budget tomorrow. They spend down all of the revenue, the reserves AND the Major Moves Trust Fund and set up Hoosiers for a HUGE tax increase in 2 years. Needless to say, I will be a resounding “NO” vote!

We also found out that there is a tax increase coming into St. Joseph County through a new Regional Transportation Board AND we beat down an amendment offered by a local House Democrat that would have had a $2million dollar earmark for another Community Center in South Bend. I, along with 5 other Republican colleagues, raised so many questions and objections to “earmarking” when we need to be “cutting” that Bauer killed Niezgodski’s amendment by pulling it off the table.

We are back in session tomorrow at 10 am and it will be interesting to see what the vote is on this first round of a horrible budget. I will be shocked if the Democrats have 51 members to vote on a bloated, overspent, pork barrel budget. We’ll see.

Thanks for all of your comments and feedback. By keeping up the pressure on lawmakers, especially the Speaker, we can make a difference in these next 2 weeks!

Thanks Again and Stay Tuned!

Jackie Walorski

State Representative

District 21

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