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Unless Gov. Mike Pence says "no" and takes out his veto pen, SB 621 will become the law of the land here in the Hoosier state. In case you are not a member of the political class because you actually work for a living, SB 621 was legislation that reorganized Marion County Government.
It gave the mayor more control over the budget to rein in overspending by County offices by forcing them, every six months, to get the Mayor's Office to sign off on any overspending if their budgets exceed incoming revenue. It eliminates the at-large city-county council positions after the current office holders' terms expire. It creates a central counting place for absentee ballots during the election, and a few other things that are really inside baseball.
Democrats have yelled at the top of their lungs that this measure has been nothing but a giant power grab and it makes the mayor the second most powerful man in the state after the governor. They also lamented that non-Marion County individuals (i.e. the 125 members of the General Assembly who don't have districts in Marion County) are telling Indianapolis how to conduct its business (even though that's what the General Assembly does for every town and municipality).
However, as Democrats blame everybody and their mother for the evil that is SB 621, they are leaving out one crucial force. Without the Marion County Democrats, SB 621 would have never have happened. Going into session, it was highly unlikely that Mayor Greg Ballard would have gotten anything he asked for in 621. However, the Democrats' behavior made SB 621 necessary, and the more they did, the more they gave outstate Republican lawmakers a reason to vote for the measure. Allow me to spell it out for you:
2011 - Marion County Sheriff overspends budget by $6 million, $1.2 million of that is on personnel.
January 2012 - Democrats take control over the City-County Council. First order of business, reduce the representation of Republicans on Council Committees. So while Democrats have a 16-13 majority on the Council, they have virtually super-majorities on almost every committee.
October 2012 - In an effort to solve a budget shortfall, Council Democrats make a bad situation worse by voting to levy a $15 million PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) against the Capitol Improvement Board. State officials warned them that taking the PILOT would have grave consequences because when they bailed out the CIB a few years back, the money was not supposed to be used for anything else.
December 2012 - The State Board of Accounts later issues a letter saying such a PILOT would violate state law because the Council did not follow the proper procedures necessary to levy a PILOT.
2012 - Marion County Sheriff overspends budget by $11 million, $1.7 million is on "personnel" and $1.1 million of that is on "supplies."
February 2013 - During Senate Local Government Committee hearing, Democratic At-Large City-County Councilor Pam Hickman calls Republican Senators "nazis" for passing SB 621 out of committee.
April 2013 - Black Democrats say discrimination (racism) is at the bottom of SB 621.
So let's see if we have this straight, you have bad fiscal management on the part of local officials that is driving the city into a financial hole. You have a Council that not only doesn't know how to follow the law, but instead incurs the wrath of state lawmakers. And when individuals take steps to mitigate their counterproductive behavior, Democrats call them racists and Nazis.
If I were Mayor Ballard, I would send the Democrats a gift basket, because if any group was deserves credit for getting SB 621 through the legislature, it was them.