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Fort Wayne's Wyss tops ranking of business-friendly lawmakers

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State Sen. Thomas Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, is the General Assembly’s most business-friendly legislator, according to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. And House Speaker Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, is the least.

Last week, the state chamber released its annual “Legislative Vote Analysis.” It evaluates how closely votes from each of Indiana’s 50 state senators and 100 representatives matched the chamber’s published agenda. Legislators whose votes match the chamber’s positions 70 percent of the time or more are eligible for endorsement by the chamber’s political action committee “Indiana Business for Responsive Government.”
 

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Wyss’ votes aligned with the chamber’s positions 93 percent of the time in 2010, according to the analysis, and 90 percent of the time during the last two years. On the other extreme, Bauer voted in alignment with the chamber just 33 percent of the time in 2010, and 22 percent of the time during the last two years.

Republicans dominate the Indiana State Senate 33-17. By the chamber’s measure, of the 35 state senators that are pro-business, all but two of them are Republican. State Sens. John Broden, D-South Bend, and Sue Errington, D-Muncie, were the only exceptions. Broden’s 2010 score was 79 percent; Errington’s 81 percent.

Democrats hold a 52-48 majority in the Indiana House of Representatives. All of its Republican members scored 70 percent or more on the chamber’s scale, but none of its Democrats did. State Rep. Phil Pflum, D-Milton, scored highest among Democrats, voting in alignment with the chamber’s agenda 62 percent of the time in 2010.

In the Legislative Vote Analysis’ introduction, Chamber President Kevin Brinegar pointed out that the chamber couldn’t secure several of its priorities this year, such as local government consolidation or a ban against allowing workers to leave firearms locked in their vehicle trunks on company parking lots. But the chamber got the biggest item on its wish list: a delay in the payroll tax hike meant to shore up Indiana’s insolvent Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.

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  1. Now if he'd just stay there...

  2. Daniel - what about the many US citizens who do NOT follow what the Bible teaches? The Hindus, Jews, Muslims and others who are all American citizens entitled to all rights as Americans?? This issue has NOTHING to do with "What the Bible says..." Keep all Churches separate from State! Pence's ongoing idiocy continues to make Indiana look like a backwards, homophobic state in the eyes of our nation. Can't we move on to bigger issues - like educating our kids?

  3. 1. IBJ should link to the referenced report. We are in the age of electronic media...not sharing information is lazy. Here is a link http://www.in.gov/gov/files/Blue_Ribbon_Panel_Report_July_9_2014.pdf 2. The article should provide more clarity about the make-up of this panel. The commenters are making this item out to be partisan, it does not appear the panel is partisan. Here is a list of the panel which appears to be balanced with different SME to add different perspectives http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=138116?formation_id=189603 3. It suggests a by-pass, I do not see where this report suggests another "loop". 4. Henry, based on your kneejerk reaction, we would be better off if you moved to another state unless your post was meant as sarcasm in which case I say Well Done. 5. The article and report actually indicates need to improve rail and port infrastructure in direct contradiction to Shayla commentary. Specifically, recommendation is to consider passenger rail projects... 6. People have a voice with their elected officials. These are suggestions and do not represent "crony capitalism", etc. The report needs to be analyzed and the legislature can decide on priorities and spending. Don't like it, then vote in a new legislature but quit artificially creating issues where there are none! People need to sift through the politics and provide constructive criticism to the process rather than making uninformed comments in a public forum based on misinformation. IBJ should work harder to correct the record in these forums when blatant errors or misrepresentations are made.

  4. Joe ... Marriage is defined in the Bible ... it is mentioned in the Bible often. Marriage is not mentioned once in the US or Indiana Constitution ...

  5. Daniel - Educate me please: what does the Bible have to do with laws? If the government wasn't in the business of marriage to begin with, then it wouldn't have to "define" marriage at all. Marriage could be left as a personal, religious, or otherwise unregulated action, with no ties to taxes, legal status, etc. Then people could marry whomever they want, and all this silliness would go away. Remember to vote Libertarian in November.

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