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Who is watching our money?

Lessons from the Ways and Means Committee: Who is watching our money?

Today we learned a few striking facts from the State's Examiner who watches over the $76 Billion dollars that pass through the hands of out state and local officials each year. His agency (the State Board of Accounts) has seen it's staff cut by nearly 30% since 2009. This despite the fact that accountants consider 5% of that $76 billion to be at risk of fraud or misuse.

Over 40% of the $76.8 billion is handled by local officials or agencies. Yet thousands of them are not being audited because of a lack of staff. This puts every Hoosier and every government employee at risk. it is time to adequately fund the State Board of Accounts.

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Addressing Indy's Issues

Increase the Number of Police Officers

  • Goal is to obtain 1,797 by the 2018 (currently 1,527)
    • Assumes only 45 officers retire per year (619 officers are eligible to retire)
    • Revenue
      • Public Safety tax $15 million per year
      • “COPs” Grant $3 million per year
      • Cost savings by having regional training
      • State Revenue Sharing


DeLaney’s Preschool Plan

Prime the Pump

  • Goal is a sustainable preschool program that attracts all parents to participate and involves all schools
    • We must avoid jumping the gun on any statewide preschool program
    • Funding
      • Startup cost should come from a combination of charitable donations and loans from unused reserves e.g. over $50 million held by our Township Trustees.
      • No robbing Peter to pay Paul


The Funding Gap

The common problem for both preschool and a significant Police force is a lack of revenue.

  • Cause
    • Tax cuts that were created by the State Government e.g. Inventory tax, inheritance tax, and property tax caps (over $100 million per year)
    • Solution
      • The State needs to share the tax resources that it is hoarding in order to keep an unnecessarily large surplus.



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DeLaney on Ballard's Police Staffing Proposal

Restoring IMPD to full staffing levels

  • When Mayor Ballard was first elected IMPD had 1,740 sworn officers. As of July 2014, that number had fallen to 1,527, a decline of 213 officers or 12.2 percent. This happened while our population grew and crime, esp. murder, rose precipitously.
  • After presiding over a six-year decline in staffing levels, the Mayor has responded to the situation he has created by asking to restore some but not all of the 213 lost positions. By 2018 we would have 1,677 officers, 63 fewer than we had in 2007.
  • The IMPD Staffing Study Commission recommended that by 2018 we restore the level of police officers to 1,797. This is an increase of some 50 officers from the 2007 level and is 120 more than the Mayor proposes. In my view this is the least that we should do.

Creating legislative support for a central Indiana police training facility

  • In January of this year the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police recommended the creation of a regional training academy which would have the potential to generate revenue and reduce training costs for IMPD. I believe that the General Assembly should be asked to support this effort financially.

Protecting public school revenue

  • Last year the Mayor proposed funding an IMPD staff increase largely from public education (at a cost of $3.9 million) by eliminating the Homestead Credit. Such a move would generate $8.3 million for the city budget and some $700,000 for selected local units of government. If he persists in this effort the Mayor should at a minimum restore the funds to public education.

Outreach for federal grants

This year the city failed to apply for a $1.5 million grant from the federal COPS program, expressing a concern that a staff increase would not be sustainable. Surely, we can do better than that. 

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From The Blog

House Republicans attack the environment and consumers in one move

Late last week the House Republicans passed a bill that would end Indiana’s efforts to save energy! They would kill Mitch Daniels’ program that led to home energy audits and the provision of efficient light bulbs. The net effect will be to increase energy costs and increase the likelihood we will need a new coal-fired power plant. House Republicans would rather cry out for burning more coal than try our hand at energy conservation.

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Post-Election Report: A Big Thank You and a List of Challenges

I won re-election with 60% of the vote, my best result in three elections. I need to thank all of you who voted for me, gave me financial support or pointed me in the right direction when I went astray. I needed all of this help. I am honored to serve and will fight for the concerns of my voters and of all Hoosiers. Thanks!

Please read on for more of my thoughts and upcoming challenges I see for the General Assembly.

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Door-to-door: Comments of the Week October 22

I went Door-to-Door campaigning with my wife, Ann, on Sunday. It was her birthday but she was out campaigning for our son, Tim, who is running for a State Senate seat. We were walking in our own neighborhood and had a very positive response. I had one particularly striking conversation with a young mother who has two kids in IPS. Her older child is at the Center for Inquiry (School 84). Like everyone else, she is very pleased with the school. Her other child has autism and is in a special IPS program. The mother is just as  pleased with that program as she is with CFI. She believes that IPS is helping both her kids albeit in different programs. She expressed a concern that some parents of kids with disabilities are missing out on IPS. They hear rumors of systemic failure at IPS and go elsewhere. Almost one-quarter of all IPS kids have special needs. My inquiries lead me to believe that IPS does a fine job helping these kids. We need to be very careful in evaluating school systems based on vague reputational beliefs. As the young mother at the door made clear, if the school system is delivering for your child, that is what counts.

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Press Releases

DeLaney: Indiana Needs Our Own State Health Exchange

INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis) has issued the following statement after the Indiana Department of Insurance announced its decision to extend insurance coverage for Hoosiers considered “high risk” through next January: “I agree that this decision had to be made to ensure that those most at risk do not lose their insurance coverage. “However, these circumstances again point out the need for us to work with the federal government in setting up an exchange operated by the state of Indiana. I think we could do a better job than Washington in using the machinery of the Affordable Care Act to help protect the lives of Hoosiers. “The governor needs to reconsider his actions in refusing to have a state-run exchange. “At the very least, I believe that Indiana needs to do a better job of informing Hoosiers about the details of the federal health care law and how we can benefit from it. Other states are making this effort. Indiana should, too.”

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State of Indiana vs Healthcare

Governor Pence and Attorney General Zoeller are suing the IRS in order to keep 400,000 more Hoosiers from getting affordable insurance.


Below are excerpts from the lawsuit, State of Indiana vs. IRS:


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Recent News

Indiana lagging behind Kentucky in health care coverage


Mass Transit clears hurdle in committee


Member of the Ways & Means Committee

Ed DeLaney is the member of the House Ways & Means Committee. Ed is also a member of the following committees: Courts and Criminal Code, Judiciary, and is the Ranking Minority Member of the Select Committee on Government Reduction. Rep. DeLaney is pleased to use his expertise in state issues to serve his constituents to the best of his ability.