[r59] Rep. Smith's Legislative Update E-newsletter (3/9/2011)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Start Date: 3/9/2011 All Day
End Date: 3/9/2011

2011 Budget Overview:

  • No Tax Increases
  • Structural balance by Fiscal Year 13
  • Maintain sufficient reserves to protect taxpayers
  • Protect K-12 education
  • The FY12/13 budget will protect Hoosier taxpayers, preserve vital services, and allow Indiana to maintain the stable and sound fiscal environment necessary to create Hoosier jobs
  • K-12 education is the top funding priority
  • K-12 funding accounts for nearly half of the state budget

Session Update:

  • Two bills have been signed by the Governor: Senate Bill 32, Vote Centers and House Bill 1450, Unemployment Insurance
  • The Democrats have been absent for going on three weeks Speaker Bosma has officially compelled the Democrats to return to the Statehouse and resume work
  • Speaker Bosma has withheld the daily per diem stipend for Democrats
  • The fines began on Monday, March 7, 2011
  • The House Democrats will be fined $250 each day session is held when they do not show up for work