HB 1379 which attempts to patch up Indiana’s depleted unemployment insurance fund looks like it passed the General Assembly. This wasn’t a bill anyone wanted to mess with. The only fixes were going to be raising taxes or cutting benefits — neither of which is going to be popular in the best of times, let alone during a tough economic time.
The Senate passed the bill on a vote of 46 – 3. In other words, a bipartisan effort. I doubt anyone is going to be dancing a jig because this thing got passed, but it was foul tasting medicine that just had to be taken. Meanwhile, in the House, it was apparently a 52 – 47 party line vote with the House Republicans voting against. So, for those keeping score at home, on a bill everyone would have preferred to ignore, the Senate Republicans voted in favor, the Senate Democrats voted in favor, and the House Democrats voted in favor. The only ones sticking their fingers in their ears and yelling loudly about JOB KILLING TAXES were the House Republicans.
I suppose they have that luxury since they are in the minority, but it doesn’t instill confidence that they can be counted upon to make unpleasant decisions when the tough realities of governing have to be faced. The other three caucuses managed to look responsible. The House Republicans look like they’re taking advantage of the others’ responsibility to take political potshots. Next time, I wonder if the others will let the state burn rather than give the House Republicans a political opportunity.
It is almost a relief to have the legislature session come to an end —at least almost so. While it can be educational (perhaps) and entertaining (perhaps) to follow the process of the session it can sure be frustrating. Frustrating that a) too much partisan block actions and b) how unwilling to give local areas the right or responsibility to handle issues of local nature. Partisan situation–simply doubt that in reality there is that much total agreement among the members of either parties group that would account for block voting. Thus must assume the party “bosses” are able to keep members in line. Disappointing in that would appreciate seeing my representatives (House and Senate) show some independent thinking—have both parties representing our area. Local Control–even through Indiana is supposed to be a “home rule” state would not think so watching the consideration of matters.