End of Session Negotiations Continue on Key Bills
Legislative leaders met today with Governor Mitch Daniels to sort out negotiations over jobs bills in the General Assembly. The governor met with House Speaker Pat Bauer, a democrat from South Bend, then later, Senate President Pro Tem David Long, a republican from Fort Wayne. to discuss concerns over a jobs bill, school funding issues, and what to do with the state’s bankrupt unemployment insurance system. Bauer, who requested the meeting with Governor Daniels, says he wanted to discuss his concerns about trouble working out deals on a jobs bill, school funding, a solution to unemployment insurance funding woes, and worker protections.
“That bill ought to go forward period and we should continue to try to work on the unemployment bill. If we can get a compromise that would be good. If we can’t then at least we solved two or three problems and not leave 2 or 3 on the table because someone’s upset about one not being solved, the unemployment bill.”
Senator Long says those different bills are all interconnected and all aim to protect jobs. Lawmakers have until Sunday to finalize agreements on each of those pieces of legislation.