Tensions flare between state leaders as boycott continues

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The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Indiana House had a tense 10-minute exchange on the House floor Friday morning over whether Democratic leaders will end their boycott over the right-to-work bill.

Republican Speaker Brian Bosma tried unsuccessfully to convene a House session that was skipped by most Democrats.

Minority Leader Patrick Bauer took to the floor microphone, saying he had filed a new proposal calling for a statewide voter referendum on the right-to-work issue. He pressed for an agreement that the referendum wouldn't be regarded as unconstitutional.

Bosma replied he couldn't guarantee it was constitutional, but assured Bauer that the House would vote on the proposal if Democrats returned.

Bosma asked Bauer as he was leaving whether the Democrats would return later Friday morning. "We'll see" was Bauer's response.

Bauer returned to the floor later in the morning to say his boycotting members are willing to return at "high noon" Monday to begin debating the right-to-work bill.

He said Democrats will work over the weekend to remove a cloud of unconstitutionality over their proposal for a statewide referendum on the bill.


  • Dont' trust them!
    I hope they don't get away with this referendum thing -- it's just a stall tactic for one thing.

    Since the public favors RTW by a 2 to 1 margin, what do the democrats gain by putting this to a referendum? If the public votes in favor of RTW I guess they buy some cover from their union bosses by saying that they tried everything.

    Everyone except the most naive know that the unions are controlled by organized crime. If they are putting the democrats up to this, I smell a rat. I wouldn't trust any referendum to be handled fairly.
  • We already voted!
    When the voters reduced the number of opponents to right-to-work in the last election, we were voicing our opinion about the bill that drew so much attention last year. If we start doing referendums to decided on bills in the state legislature, why do we need the legislature if we are doing their work?
    What a bunch of losers. How irresponsible can you be to not show up for work, I don't care what the issue. They are less responsible than my Kindergarten grandson.
  • Right to Work...
    Someone needs to tell Bauer that the Right to Work Bill passing would result in better quality toupees!!! Come on Republicans, can't you be as creative as those of us that can co-exist with those that have different opinions???
    They all need impeached. They are elected to do a job, and they are not doing it!!!! They are setting an awesome example for school children. If you do not agree with your fellow students...don't go!!!
  • Whatever
    Yeh Yeh Yeh...Bauer has no intention to keep his word. This is stupid and a waste of taxpayer money. Start fining!

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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.