Terri Austin: Phone: 317-234-9047
Jeb Bardon: Phone: 317-232-9600
John Bartlett: Phone: 317-232-9600
Kreg Battles: Phone: 317-232-9600
Pat Bauer: Phone: 317-232-9600
Charlie Brown: Phone: 317-232-9600
Mara Candelaria: Phone: 317-232-9600
Dave Cheatham: Phone: 317-232-9600
Bill Crawford: Phone: 317-232-9600
John Day: Phone: 317-232-9600
Ed DeLaney: Phone: 317-232-9600
Nancy Dembowski: Phone: 317-232-9600
Chet Dobis: Phone: 317-232-9600
Ryan Dvorak: Phone: 317-232-9600
Craig Fry: Phone: 317-232-9600
Phil GiaQuinta: Phone: 317-232-9600
Terry Goodin: Phone: 317-232-9600
Dale Grubb: Phone: 317-232-9600
Ed Harris: Phone: 317-232-9600
Clyde Kersey: Phone: 317-232-9600
Shelia Klinker: Phone: 317-232-9600
Linda Lawson: Phone: 317-232-9600
Chuck Moseley: Phone: 317-232-9600
Win Moses: Phone: 317-232-9600
David Niezgodski: Phone: 317-232-9600
Scott Pelath: Phone: 317-232-9600
Phil Pflum: Phone: 317-232-9600
Matt Pierce: Phone: 317-232-9600
Gregory W. Porter: Phone: 317-232-9600
Cherrish Prior: Phone: 317-232-9600
Scott Reske: Phone: 317-232-9600
Gail Riecken: Phone: 317-232-9600
Vernon Smith: Phone: 317-232-9600
Dan Stevenson: Phone: 317-232-9600
Mary Ann Sullivan: Phone: 317-232-9600
Vanessa Summers: Phone: 317-232-9600
Dennis Tyler: Phone: 317-232-9600
Shelli VanDenburgh: Phone: 317-232-9600
Peggy Welch: Phone: 317-232-9600
I found these quotes posted on an on-line forum. It is never to early to prepare for the next election. Let’s ponder the words of a great patriot for just a moment.
Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.
[Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1907), Vol. IV, p. 256, in the Boston Gazette on April 16, 1781.]
Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust be men of unexceptionable characters. The public cannot be too curious concerning the character of public men.
[Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1907), Vol. III, p. 236-237, to James Warren on November 4, 1775.]
Subject: Message from Indiana GOP Chairman, Murray Clark
To the Editor:
To say that the House Democrats fully abdicated their responsibility in the first phase of the special session would not be entirely accurate. They did in fact pass a budget. To the extent there is a minimum threshold, Speaker Bauer and his team barely met it.
A realist might ask, “Why does it matter? The Senate will write its own version anyway….” That’s indeed one way to view this; however, that discounts substantially the constitutional obligation the Indiana House of Representatives has in the budget writing process. Call me old-fashioned, but I think that is a responsibility which should be taken seriously. Thus, I think the House Democrats failed miserably in passing what could only be technically considered a budget for the state. One year of operations, completely out of balance, a $30 million dollar raid of our teacher’s pension fund, and a future tax increase a virtual certainty – this wasn’t much of a budget. What passed out of the Democrat-led House on a party line vote was a shallow effort. It was a disservice to Indiana.
The only thing I can suggest to Hoosiers, specifically those citizens who live in districts represented by a Democrat member of the House, is to call their Representative and ask why he or she has such little regard for our state that the Democrats would diminish their part of the process. It’s perfectly appropriate to ask Speaker Bauer and all 52 Democrat members why they think raiding our teachers’ retirement fund is good policy. It’s perfectly appropriate to ask why they are committed so strongly to a future tax increase that they would pass a spending plan that effectively would annihilate our reserves.
These are tough times that require leadership and commitment. We can and should all agree to put party labels aside to solve some of the most pressing problems we’ve seen in generations. Yet House Democrats seem focused only on politics. That may not be entirely the case, but I’m at a loss to explain this budget and the Democrat membership’s vote to pass it.
The process will move forward. I’m confident the Senate will do as Governor Daniels has done and put our state’s interests ahead of party and politics. It’s what Hoosiers deserve.
The Indiana Republican Party
The local newspaper is devoting some decent coverage to the Tax Day Tea Party event. Up until a few days ago, the best place to get any information was from websites, blogs and what some deem as “alternative news sources” i.e. Fox, Glen Beck, etc.
It has been noted that there is an attempt to stop this lawfully gathering which is protected in the First Amendment. Some websites have been sabotaged and there is speculation that “plants” will be at many of the events to try and discredit these peaceful gatherings. No, I am not some paranoid, anti-government nut…just telling it like it is.
Some of the locals have complained to the newspaper when a link to this blog was posted. The link offended them. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. We still have personal choices. Not upset with the newspaper for their banning of this website on the forums, more concerned about the people who find freedom of speech offensive. But, that’s another story.
Fortunately, many of us, Democrats, Republicans, Independants and Undecideds, have reach a consensus that both federal and local governments are out of control. We have addressed issues, at least on a local level, with our elected officials and they refuse to listen. In fact, they do the opposite.
Even our Senator Sue Errington commented on how the citizens have no faith in the local government. Give the woman credit, she does listen.
So, to every American who absolutely loves this country, lets work to get our government under control and defend the rights that made this country what it is today. Remember, many lives were taken for us to enjoy what we have today. Many people left the safety of their homes and families to defend it.
First Amendment Credit to LII for this information.
I will leave you with a quote:
Sunlight is said to be the best disinfectant. Electric light is the most efficient policeman. It has always been my view that when the people of this Nation watch their Government in action, they come to better understand how our governing institutions work and equip themselves to hold those institutions accountable for their deeds. If there are flaws in our governing institutions, including our courts, we hide them only at our own peril.
Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Other People’s Money, 1914
Attended the Legislative Update today at City Hall.
The hot topic was property tax caps and reform. As you know the caps were pushed through quickly and we should see it on 2009 pay 2010 tax bills. Keep in mind this is not a permanent tax cap, yet. We still will be able to vote on it. Some legislatures were concerned local government would not have time to prepare for the loss of revenue. Senator Sue Errington disagreed, citing the Umbaugh and Associates study. The study was paid for by local governments to help determine their revenues and hopefully lead the elected officials into some good old-fashioned belt tightening.
Another big issue was balancing the budget. All agreed that every budget was balanced. Jack Lutz commented he wanted a balanced budget without gimmicks. Some may recall when the schools were denied money and the state borrowed to pay it back. Certainly falls into the “gimmick” category.
Of course unemployment fund is another big concern. As we know it is broke and broke. How to fix it is another question. Should we burden already struggling business and ask them to ante up? Decrease benefits or just wait for the stimulus money to bail us out? Remember, the stimulus money comes with strings attached. We are the stimulus money, don’t forget.
One of my favorite topics was addressed, which is the Kernan-Shepard report. Senator Errington has been in favor and sees it is as a viable tool to get government on track. She said at least one part has been resurrected. Moving mayoral elections to even years, saving cities millions of dollars, forbidding an elected official to hold a government job. Maybe we can shed the conflict of interest papers, which nobody signs anyway. In addition, putting school board elections on the November ballot instead of the primary. Representative Lutz said it was hard for the house to digest, and Bill Davis thought it should be broken down. He went on to say it is one way for government to become transparent and efficient. Representative Dennis Tyler said he has not heard anything from his constituents on the report. If you like what the Kernan-Shepard report has to say, get on the horn and give Mr. Tyler a shout, send an email or write a letter. All contact information is available on this site along with the K-S report.
I liked what Senator Errington had to say about the Kernan-Shepard report, Delaware County Modernization and Consolidation committee and tightening our belts. She spoke on how the libraries are doing it, so it is possible, folks.
By far, my favorite is Mr. Bill Davis. He seems in tune with what is happening and what needs to be done. I liked it when he said the people are sacrificing everyday and government should too. Right on, dude!
One item up for discussion was funding for 211. 211 is similar to 411, except it gives you information on where to go for assistance. I used it once, and was I happy it was available. Had an elderly friend who really wasn’t able to care for herself any longer. I called every agency in the book, either a no call back or the agency was unable to help. After dialing 211, they put me in touch with the correct agency and we got the ball rolling. I am making the ordeal simplier that it was…very frustrating situation until 211 came into the picture.
Other issues were addressed, and you can read my notes on the forum in the pages section of this blog.