When you negotiate with kidnappers or terrorists, you know what you get – not much. So is the story today in Indiana. Fleeing Democrat lawmakers have kidnapped the People’s business in Indiana – taken it across state lines, and sent a note saying Indiana will not see them or the hostage agenda, until and unless Republicans do what Democrats want. Governor Mitch Daniels negotiated and paid a ransom, advising the GOP to take Right to Work legislation off the agenda yesterday. Right to Work was dumped, but last night more demands were made. Democrat lawmakers do not want school charters or school vouchers, among other things. They say they will stay in Illinois until their demands are met.
Twenty-three bills died on the House floor last night because legislators did not show up for work.
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma issued a statement on the Democrats’ demands.
“With this list of demands, the Democrats should stay in Illinois. We will not concede to a list of demands,” Bosma said. “Instead, we expect Democrats to return to do the work they were elected to do. If they are unwilling to do so, they should step down and be replaced with individuals willing to participate in the Democratic process.”
The legislation that died Tuesday night could be inserted into other bills. Daniels has said he won’t call Indiana State Police to retrieve the Democrats who left the state, but he hopes they will feel they’ve made their point and will return to work soon.