It’s time for the rhetoric and political theater to stop. It’s time for members of the Indiana House to return to work and do the job – helping to govern our state – they were elected to do.
Over 250 pieces of legislation have come to a standstill because of the House Democrats’ walkout. Important proposals to grow our state’s economy, to create jobs, to keep the state fiscally sound – and to even pass a budget – are all in jeopardy.
The legislative proposals that led to the House shutdown:
- Education reforms to improve teacher evaluations, introduce performance pay, limit collective bargaining to wages and benefits, and increase accountability. These should not be partisan issues at all. In fact, President Obama and leading groups like Democrats for Education Reform actually support these efforts.
- Funding schools based on a per-pupil formula, not guaranteed funding levels at shrinking school districts.
- School choice vouchers and expanded public charter school options, so Hoosier families can have more access to quality schools for their kids.
- Protecting the rights of workers to secret ballot votes in union elections, a core democratic principle.
- Open and fair competition for public construction projects. Just as public projects shouldn’t be forced to be non-union, they shouldn’t be forced to be "union only."
- Right-to-work (which is now off the table this year), even though it’s the single most effective step Indiana could take to attract jobs and 70% of Hoosiers support it.
- In other words, the House has been brought to a standstill to protect the status quo in K-12 education and to preserve special privileges and powers of organized labor. It’s as simple as that.
These are important issues and good and honorable people can disagree about them. However, the democratic process cannot work if elected officials refuse to participate in the process.
Call to action: Please take a moment to contact state representatives to tell them it is time to end this destructive walkout and get back to work. You can send a quick e-mail via our online grassroots system or call (800) 382-9842.