5 ways Indiana’s supermajority is failing Hoosiers
Indiana’s current Republican supermajority doesn’t represent the diversity of our state, leaving many of our voices unheard. Fifty-seven percent of Hoosiers voted Republican during the 2020 election; compare this with the composition of our State Senate and House of Representatives, which are roughly 75% Republican.
Additionally, our representation is 89% white and 74% male, a difference of 27 and 24 percentage points from our state’s actual racial and gender composition, respectively.
These numbers alone prove a wide range of Hoosiers aren’t adequately represented, but here are five recent examples of how our state’s elected officials are failing all of us:
1. They’re distracted by issues that don’t improve our lives.
While Indiana ranks in nearly the bottom third of states for health care, infrastructure and fiscal stability, alarmingly, we also rank 47th for maternal mortality and 48th for air and water quality. Hoosiers are suffering as our representatives debate school curriculum and student athletes. Clearly, they’re more concerned with hot-button partisan issues than improving the everyday lives of their constituents.
2. They’re not doing their jobs, and we pay the price.
Upset about gas prices this summer? In July, Indiana’s gas tax increased to a record high of 62 cents a gallon, and we paid 15 cents more per gallon than the national average. Meanwhile, Indiana had a $6 billion surplus of taxpayer money. Democrats repeatedly attempted to temporarily suspend Indiana’s gas tax, but the supermajority did not adopt these proposals. We’re overtaxed as the legislature hoards our money and dispenses insultingly small refunds.
3. They ignore facts and expertise. The Indiana State Police superintendent implored our Statehouse to not pass permitless carry, and they did anyway, further endangering the lives of law enforcement. How could the so-called pro-police party ignore our highest ranking cop?
4. They go against the will of most Hoosiers. Both Harrison County’s state senator and representative voted for an abortion ban with no exemptions for rape, regardless of the victim’s age. Unlike them, most Hoosiers are opposed to forcing pregnancy on abused children and women. A recent poll shows just 11% of our state supports a no-exemptions approach to abortion.
5. They don’t want our input. Kansas has proven that ballot measures can shape laws according to popular opinion, and these initiatives will continue this fall in Kentucky, Michigan and other states. During this summer’s special session, efforts to pose a question to Hoosier voters were shot down by Republicans. Why not ask us what we want? Simply put: Data shows the results won’t suit their agenda.
If this frustrates you, this year’s mid-term elections on Nov. 8 are an opportunity for positive leadership changes.
Check your polling location, voter registration status and register to vote by Oct. 11: https://indianavoters.in.gov/.
Consider voting for state candidates who value your opinion over a national partisan political agenda. We all deserve to have a voice in the Statehouse.
Amanda Ramos | Corydon, Ind.