Pelath: GOP getting ‘everything they ever wanted’
By Matt Mikus firstname.lastname@example.org February 22, 2013 4:38PM
House minority leader Rep. Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, addresses the legislature in front of Speaker of the House Brian C. Bosma, R-Indianapolis, during the first day of the session at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Updated: March 24, 2013 6:09AM
INDIANAPOLIS — House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, said Friday the House Republicans’ supermajority is leaving Indiana residents behind.
After losing the chance to force a vote on Gov. Mike Pence’s 10 percent income tax cut, Pelath said GOP control in the Statehouse could be dangerous to Indiana residents.
“The worst thing in politics is getting everything you ever wanted,” he said, “They have a supermajority, they have a conservative governor, but we have no clear vision for Indiana.”
He pointed to the state’s median household income of $48,000 being lower than the national median of $53,000, the governor turning down an opportunity to create jobs through fully implementing the Affordable Care Act health care expansions, and the constantly changing state education policy as poor performance.
“This is not that hard to get right,” Pelath said, “The supermajority and the governor can get it right. There’s still time. But they’re fighting with each other.”
Pelath said Monday’s vote on the House Republicans’ budget, which ignores the governor’s tax cut to place more funds in transportation and education, will probably gain little support from the Democratic caucus.
He added that it could gain more support from his caucus if the tax cut is included.
Pence said he was “disappointed” with the House proposed budget, since it lacked his proposed tax cut.
Republicans in the house have noted that Pence’s version could be included in this year’s budget after the state receives its revenue forecast in April.