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GiaQuinta responds to 2023 State of the State

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After Governor Eric Holcomb gave the annual State of the State address, Democratic Leader Phil GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne) today provided the House Democrats’ response to the speech: 

“The Crossroads of America represents the best of this nation. Hoosiers are some of the most humble, hard-working and patriotic Americans. More than a decade of Republican leadership has left them out in the cold. Folks in every corner of our state are sick of a dysfunctional government that aims to distract with culture wars instead of focusing on the kitchen table issues that matter most. 

“Moms’ and dads’ paychecks provide less for their kids. Our neighbors ration and avoid health care due to skyrocketing costs. Qualified educators and administrators are fleeing the profession and students are falling behind. Recent graduates sprint from our premiere universities for states that can provide better. The same problems weigh on the shoulders of farmers, businesses and working families alike. This is a reflection of GOP complacency, not an assessment of this state’s people. 

“It’s far past time for my colleagues across the aisle to reckon with the true state of the state and clean up their own messes. While Democrats wholeheartedly disagree with Holcomb’s rosy assessment of Indiana, we’re ready to team up with anyone looking to solve the problems that keep Hoosiers awake at night.  

“I’m pleased to see the state’s top executive adopt long-held policy solutions proposed by our caucus, including increased funding for education and health care. The Democrats playbook must be a winning one! 

“Whether the path forward is chartered by a Democrat or Republican, governor or state representative, I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work.” 

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