OpEd | Lanane: What really matters

Excellent Post, Senator Lanane!

Indiana Senate Democrats: The Briefing Room

The legislative session reflects priorities. It’s a chance for lawmakers from around the state to identify the most pressing issues and hash out a way forward. When the dust settles, success and failure is measured both by what issues leadership prioritized and the solutions crafted to address them. In that light, many will judge the 2014 legislative session as an enormous missed opportunity.

Make no mistake, our state faces very real challenges. Hoosier average incomes stuck near the national average in 1996, jobless rate above the national average for 31 of the last 32 months and an infant mortality rate higher than Cuba and Estonia: these issues are real and command urgent action.

For Senate Democrats, it’s simple; our vision for attracting businesses and growing our state’s economy starts with higher wages, good schools and healthier communities.

We backed that up by advocating for solutions that would put more money…

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