STATEHOUSE - "I sincerely support the right of every Hoosier, and even their out of state colleagues, to appear at the Indiana Statehouse as they did today, and to have their say. But the misrepresentation of the Republican proposals before the General Assembly - even by our Democrat colleagues - continues to amaze me.
"No reasonably informed person can honestly state that our desire to transform public education is an effort to destroy it. In fact, our hope is just the opposite - to make outstanding education options, whether public or private, available to every Hoosier family regardless of their income or zip code.
"Likewise, no reasonably informed observer can honestly state that our proposals are designed to "eliminate the middle class" or drive workers to "the minimum wage for life." Our goal is just the opposite - to create high skill high wage jobs for every Hoosier worker, whether those jobs are union supported or non-union supported jobs.
"This is the clear agenda House Republicans ran on in November, and this is what we continue to stand for today. We will continue to advance these proposals at every opportunity, if only our Democrat colleagues will return from Illinois."