INDIANAPOLIS – State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) released the following statement following today’s revenue forecast announcement.
“Look no further than the Department of Child Services, operating with caseloads much greater than the law allows. Or, the Indiana Department of Transportation who gravely told us about the condition of the state’s roads and the inability to pay for repair and maintenance, much less new projects. The Department of Corrections will shift many new prisoners for Level 6 felonies to local jails, and still needs to build new prison beds. The Commission for Higher Education reported that 21st Century Scholars fund for college will be short by over $90 million.
“The governor needs to reevaluate what he is doing. We are cutting services, letting our roads disintegrate, and risking educational obligations in order to fund his savings account. When is enough, enough?
“Today’s revenue forecast set the stage for yet another year where Hoosiers will be shortchanged while the governor pads his surplus.
“Even though we’ve already padded our surplus with $2.1 billion, we hear the governor insisting on additional reversions and promising little or no new spending.
“The truth of the matter is that agencies providing services are hurting—even if they won’t or can’t admit it.”
Sen. Tallian represents Senate District 4 which encompasses portions of northern Porter County and Michigan, Coolspring and New Durham townships in LaPorte County. For more information on Sen. Tallian, her legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/s4.