Yes, I’ve been waiting all day to write that one. I’m still trying to find out how Indiana House Democrats can claim any real victory outside of “right to work” when they returned Monday to the Indiana General Assembly. Despite that, here’s what the politicos are saying…
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels
“Our pro-jobs agenda of low spending, low taxes, and educational improvement is squarely in the Hoosier mainstream. The only thing ‘radical’ about this session has been the decision by one caucus to walk off the job for five weeks. Now that it’s finally over, let’s make up the lost time.”
Dan Parker, Indiana Democratic Party Chairman
“The Republicans called us names, threatened us with fines and tested our resolve, but in the end, compromise and negotiation trumped their radical agenda. This timeout gave thousands of Hoosiers the chance to take part in the process and have their voices heard by Republicans. Is this the perfect solution? No. But it is a solution that protects Indiana’s middle class from the GOP plan to lower wages and eliminate worker rights. I can only hope that Republicans will conduct the rest of the session in a tempered, moderate fashion instead of trying to ram their agenda through.”
Eric Holcomb, Chairman, Indiana Republican Party
“Now that the State House Democrats have decided to return to their jobs after a 36 day absence, they need to stay. Valuable time has already been lost on crucial legislative items important to Hoosier taxpayers and families. Speaker Bosma has stood strong for the majority of Hoosiers who cast their ballots for these important reforms last November. Now, for the next month, members of the General Assembly have much to do in a short time.”
Mike O’Brien, Hendricks County GOP Chairman
“My fellow Hoosiers, our long statewide national nightmare is over. Five weeks after it began.”
Jon Easter, Marion County Democratic Blogger
“The Democrats were back at work today in the Indiana House today ending the much ballyhooed walkout to stop the destructive work of the Republican caucus on Hoosiers.”
Jeff Harris, Indiana AFL-CIO*
With the return of the House Democrats all previously schedule “Stand Up for Hoosiers” rallies have been suspended.
*That is the best thing I’ve heard all session.