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Employment and Budget Concerns Dominate Legislative Breakfast

The 2010 Monroe County Legislative Breakfast was held Friday morning on Indiana University's Bloomington campus to discuss various concerns of Hoosiers. WTIU's Greg Parker has the story.

With Indiana’s unemployment rate over nine percent Rep. Peggy Welch (D- Bloomington) addressed the one question that remains on the mind of many Hoosiers.

“How do we create more jobs in the state of Indiana?" Welch said. "It’s nice for the Governor to talk about how we will help families and make sure families are paying their child support and that you can put PERF and TERF, which is the retirement program for teachers and for state employees, combine those and you will save money. That is all great. But if you don’t have a job, you can’t make your child support payment and if you don’t have a job then you can’t make a contribution to your retirement account."

And with Governor Daniels making cuts in education and public broadcasting budgets, Senator Vi Simpson (D-Bloomington) is concerned with who is actually responsible for making such important decisions for all Hoosiers.

“I’m wondering, and I have asked the Governor the question, 'Can you explain to us how you are setting the priorities, how your making these cuts, what goes into your decision making when you make the cuts?'” Simpson said. "And his response so far has been that he actually isn’t doing it, and uh, that some, uh, bureaucrat in some agency, that was not elected by anybody, is deciding what cuts are being made and I think the public ought be concerned about that."

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