INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization advocating for the future of Indiana and its families and workers, criticized the Republican supermajority at the statehouse for pushing needless, partisan culture wars while statehouse Democrats are delivering for Hoosier families, students, and workers. Just this past week, the INGOP have voted to arm teachers with firearms, created unnecessary hurdles for Hoosiers to vote by mail, and expanded an unregulated school choice system – even a Republican senator broke with his party to support public schools.
Meanwhile, Democrats at the statehouse are committed to finding solutions to the challenges facing Indiana. Democratic legislators are championing bills that propose pragmatic solutions to tackle a growing housing affordability crisis, guaranteeing testing of preschool drinking water, and refining strategies to combat violent crime.
“While the people of Indiana are calling for their leaders to address practical issues, Indiana Democrats are offering concrete solutions to meet the needs of Hoosiers,” said Mike Schmuhl, Chair of the Indiana Democratic Party. “On the other hand, the INGOP’s agenda is more focused on advancing culture wars and catering to specific interests, rather than finding effective ways to solve the most pressing problems affecting families and workers in the state.”
Fact is: Indiana’s future has dimmed under the GOP’s nearly 20-year watch. Hoosiers have a F rated quality-of-life and the state has a D- rated workforce, a C- rated education system, the third worst maternal mortality rate in the nation, and the country’s most polluted waterways. Republicans have ignored the warning signs from Indiana’s top business leaders and their taxpayer-funded reports in order to push an out-of-the-mainstream agenda that creates problems instead of solving them.
Here are a few of the bills that Democrats are moving to improve the lives of Hoosiers:
HB 1157 authored by Rep. Justin Moed would address housing gaps in Marion County
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HB 1138 authored by Rep. Carolyn Jackson would require lead testing in the drinking water of preschool and child care facilities across the state
IndyStar: These bills seek to protect the environment and Hoosiers’ health.
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SB 205 authored by Sen. Fady Qaddoura would create a statewide task force for the reduction of violent crime
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INDems will continue to work towards creating a brighter future for all Hoosiers, regardless of their income, race, or background. By moving these bills through the statehouse, INDems are demonstrating their commitment to improving the lives of families across the state and building a better Indiana for all.