So what's this I'm hearing through the grapevine? No sources will go on record to confirm this, but it seems that property taxes aren't the only subject of conversation for Indiana state lawmakers right now. (For those who don't know, most of Indiana is in a revolt over dramatic increases in our tax rates. For instance, our taxes doubled on the house we just bought last year. Almost every day there have been rallies and protests throughout the state - including one this weekend in downtown Indy that drew more than 1,000 folks. See this local site if you'd like to know more.)
While some lawmakers are hollering for a special session of the General Assembly to fix the problem, there's been some hesitation on the part of the legislative leadership and the Governor to actually address the problem before the next session. Are you wondering why? Yeah, me too. It isn't often that you have Hoosiers so up in arms that they're ready to throw a Boston Tea Party on the White River. What could be the hold up?
From what I'm hearing, the Republicans are still angry that SJR-7, the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions, failed on a tie vote in the House earlier this year. Before they're willing to address property tax reform, they want the amendment back on the table and passed in the same special session. No amendment - no tax relief. And since Republican Governor Mitch Daniels (or "The Blade" as BushCo called him when he worked on their team) is to blame for the dramatic increases in taxes, is it no wonder that the Republicans are desperate for a scapegoat?