INDIANAPOLIS — On Tuesday, Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) and House Democratic Leader Phil GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne) held a media availability to discuss the first half of the 2019 legislative session. Sen. Lanane provided the following comments to the press:

“It looks like we’re at real risk of going another year without making Indiana a better state to live, work and raise a family. At this point, the supermajority has once again ignored the voices of Hoosiers who put them where they are.

“After rejecting my efforts to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission, the supermajority has ensured another year will pass without Indiana addressing gerrymandering.

“Another year will pass without Indiana committing to increase the minimum wage to a livable wage. Another year will pass without Indiana helping ailing Hoosiers and veterans suffering from PTSD by legalizing medical marijuana.

“The supermajority did not give a hearing to the Democrats’ bill to raise teacher pay. With the language currently in the budget, another year will likely pass without Indiana committing to pay our teachers the salaries they deserve. This is ridiculous. Our teachers make less than any of our neighbors and, when counting for inflation, have received the biggest pay cut of any state in the nation. Figuring out why we have a teacher shortage isn’t rocket science. Getting the supermajority to care apparently is.

“And most concerning, without major changes to the current bias crimes bill, another year will pass without Indiana passing a meaningful bill that protects Hoosiers; calling into question our reputation as a welcoming and safe state.

“Yet so far payday lenders have gotten protections for their profit margins and private schools got increased access to voucher money at the expense of public schools. At this rate, the supermajority will guarantee another year will pass where Indiana ignores working Hoosiers.”