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Picking fights, picking favorites, and backing off

Backing Off

Sometimes the Indiana General Assembly is at its very best when it does nothing. We stopped fooling around about Sunday alcohol sales when it became clear that the contesting parties had become irrational. The bill became so weighted down with restrictions on supermarket alcohol sales that the stores no longer wanted to sell alcohol on Sunday. Meanwhile, the liquor stores were acting as if they were anxious to have the supermarkets sell on Sunday. Of course that was only if the supermarkets were heavily restricted on how they sold all seven days of the week. In response to all this, the Indiana House threw up its collective hands. If only we could back off on two other great fights: the common construction wage and the desire to protect religious freedom.


Picking Favorites

The House chose to pick a favorite in the fight between construction companies that use union workers and those that do not. Over some 70 years now, Indiana has benefited from competition between these two groups of firms. So have the workers and the public. But the majority in the House seems to prefer the non-union companies. They have decided to tip the scales in their favor. If the Senate also chooses to pick a favorite, we will have less competition and lower wages. Is that really what the supermajority wants? Such an action could only be based upon blind ideology or self-interest. Once again, it would be better to back off.


Picking a Fight

Apparently, some people who feel strongly about their faith feel under attack in Indiana. Having decided to feel threatened, they wish to punish others. Thus, to protect their individual beliefs, they would like to stir up litigation in hopes of being allowed to discriminate. For over 200 years the United States has been blessed by an appropriate and successful balance adjusting the inevitable tension between church and state. The proponents of the so-called religious freedom movement want to tip the scales. In their view, any individual who asserts a religious basis for discriminating should be allowed to do so. And if any state or local government tries to limit them, it should be taken to court and should pay the legal fees for the person who chooses to discriminate. Would any rational person suggest that such a result would improve the public's opinion of religion?

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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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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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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.