House Democratic Agenda Focuses on Middle Class
By: Lakeshore Staff
January 5, 2014 — The state’s top democratic leaders are making the middle their priority this year.
House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) held a news conference Monday to discuss the House Democratic agenda for the 2015 Indiana General Assembly.
The agenda will focus on raising our state’s suffering middle class in the 2015 legislative session by advocating a series of proposals that will improve salaries and wages for Hoosiers, provide a tax cut for families, fund a world class education system of lifelong learning, and restore ethical and election integrity, he says.
Pelath, who is from Michigan City, says these proposals are designed to provide alternatives that will enable the people of Indiana to determine who is doing more to improve an economic performance that has benefitted a very few in recent years.
“With one of the nation’s best corporate tax climates, we still have not seen the lives of most Hoosiers improve, and cities and towns across Indiana are struggling to remain vibrant,” Pelath said. “We need to refocus on our struggling middle class, so that consumers have more to spend in the marketplace, workers can afford to acquire the new skills demanded by employers, and every citizen has the opportunity to take part in a world class education system of lifelong learning that begins in pre-school and finishes when a worker acquires the skills needed for his or her final job.”
Pelath said the caucus priorities for 2015 will include:
-SALARY, WAGE IMPROVEMENTS FOR HOOSIERS
-ELIMINATING TEXTBOOK TAX ON FAMILIES
-RENEWED FOCUS ON EARLY EDUCATION
-TRANSPARENCY IN SCHOOL FUNDING
-AFFORDABLE COLLEGE TUITION
Pelath said House Democrats would continue to help pass needed legislation, critique the work of the Republican House majority, and provide alternatives that give the people of Indiana a chance to judge competing visions of the future of our state.
“The one thing we do not need is a return to the types of divisive debates that have dominated recent sessions,” Pelath said. “We have stopped talking about who can marry whom, and we are the better for it. There is no need to stoke that debate again through the guise of addressing alleged ‘discrimination.’ These discussions are pointless and irrelevant and do nothing to address the issues that need to be handled by this body.”
Source: Indiana House Democratic Caucus