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Pelath on increase in jobless rate: government fiddles while middle class burns....

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For immediate release:
March 18, 2013


INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath from Michigan City issued the following statement upon news that the state’s unemployment rate has increased to 8.6 percent:

“As our jobless rate continues to inch upward, some claim they are confused at the news.

“They don’t get it. The 2013 session of the Indiana General Assembly is about to wrap up its third month, and we haven’t done nearly enough to show the middle class that we are here to help them.

“I agree with the governor that our economy is still struggling, but I would remind him that the bold solution he seeks is right before him: the Affordable Care Act, the job creation bill of this generation.

“Let me repeat the numbers from the Indiana Hospital Association: getting behind the ACA will create 30,000 jobs in our state and extend affordable health care to more than 400,000 Hoosiers.

“Yet we continue to dawdle on the merits of this program and pout about the President.

“Considering what has happened so far, we should not be surprised. Confusion is the best response to much of what is happening on the issues that should be handled this session.

“This Legislature’s solution to middle class tax relief has been proposing speeding up both the elimination of the inheritance tax and tax breaks for Indiana corporations. How either of these proposals will help the middle class is questionable. Empowering the middle class is the key to reviving Indiana’s economic engine.

“Raise these issues and we are told that answers are coming before the end of session, but it will take a lot more than what we have seen so far to make anyone believe that we are trying to take care of the middle class first.

“We are running the very real risk that when we reach the end of this session on April 29, we will not have helped the middle class: no feasible plan to create jobs, no way to attack crippling emergency room costs, and nothing that helps shore up our state’s traditional public school classrooms.”

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