The House Ways and Means Committee today voted 11-10 against a bill that would beef up mass transit in Central Indiana.And, that's why I say, for now. That's a narrow committee defeat. With it so close, this issue is certain to come back next year. Also:
Let's hear it for poison pills! But again, this will come back. And, if the Democrats gain seats down the road, they may be able to get this kind of language out of the bills, or might even hold their noses and vote for the provision.
Rep. Jeff Espich, R-Uniondale, on Wednesday said that he was willing to compromise on language that says workers at a transportation authority can't be forced to join a union and language that says the transportation authority could bypass common-wage hearings. Today, his committee voted to take out the language concerning common wage hearings.
The committee left in the right-to-work language, and that cost it the votes of several Democrats.
Democrats viewed the language as a poison pill for workers. But it also conflicted with federal law governing the use of federal transit money.
I have been arguing against expanded mass transit, particularly light rail, for about 8 years on this blog. I think we are ultimately doomed to this kind of stupidity, but for now, I will savor the temporary defeat.