Democrats have argued it's a continuation of a trend pushed by the GOP in recent years to shift the tax burden from the wealthy onto the middle and working classes.
It took less than an hour for Republicans to elevate Bray from his position as Senate majority floor leader, although he won’t be officially elected president pro tem until November.
House Speaker Brian Bosma said he's confident the special session will be short and he is aiming to keep it to one day.
Indiana businesses and individual taxpayers might have double the work (and double the cost) to calculate their taxes next year if May’s special session fails to address the problem.
The move comes one day after Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered lawmakers to return to the Statehouse in May for a special session after Republican supermajorities failed to come to consensus on key bills before a March 14 deadline.
The Republican-led Legislature failed to pass several bills by the General Assembly’s deadline last week due to bickering over a few controversial bills. Gov. Eric Holcomb’s legislative agenda was caught in the middle.
As both House Speaker Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, and House Republican Leader Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, see it, this is definitely a "Republican-flavored" budget. Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels laid the framework, and legislators from both sides of the aisle largely abided by his bottom lines of spending, state agency cuts and surplus.
With the help of outside economists, Indiana government undergoes an economic forecast every other yearâ??a process that’s taken on increased importance this spring, as Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Legislature attempt to craft a two-year budget amid the deepest recession since the early 1980s.
Assigning responsibility for what stuck us with a special session is a political post-session must, but playing the blame
game usually isn’t a productive exercise.