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House Minority Leader Says Democrats Closer to Returning

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Bauer said the Democrats are a step or two closer to returning to the statehouse.

House Minority Leader Pat Bauer returned to Indianapolis Wednesday and met with House Speaker Brian Bosma for close to an hour.

No resolution was reached at the meeting in the Speaker’s office, but Bauer said the Democrats are a step or two closer to returning.

“We going to continue to try to see if they’ll remove some of the anti-worker bills and really this voucher bill.”

Bauer cited two labor bills in particular that Democrats need assurances about, whether by changing the legislation or dropping it entirely. The bills deal with local governments’ ability to set the minimum wage above the state level and setting construction wages on public works projects.

But Bosma said he didn’t really hear anything in the meeting he didn’t already know.

“Their list of issues hasn’t really changed, and our response hasn’t really changed, although some middle ground on a couple of the issues was at least explored.”

In particular, discussions on the voucher bill included talk of compromise on capping the number of students in the program and lowering the income level to be eligible. Bauer said he will return to Illinois to discuss the meeting with his caucus and await a Republican response.

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