The Democrat running in Indiana’s 26th House district says he’s going to live off $390 a week for the next month. Paul Roales wants to call attention to the state’s unemployment insurance fund and those who receive the 390-dollar maximum benefit. The state has to repay more than one-billion dollars borrowed from the federal government during the recession to pay unemployment claims. As for his new budget, Roales says he’s already planned cutbacks to the way he lives.
“Seven or $8 lunches near the office will be very difficult to do under the new budget,” Roales said. “Be very conscious of running the heater or the air conditioner. It’s been very nice the last couple of days but going forward, I mean you are going to think about what the thermostat setting is.”
Roales says he will blog each day about the experience and list his expenses on his campaign website. He is challenging incumbent Republican Randy Truitt in November. The 26th District covers part of Tippecanoe and Warren counties.