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Indiana Senate Democrats focus on priorities they say have been ignored by Republicans

Indiana Senate Democrats want the legislature this year to focus on issues they say have been ignored for too long by Republicans.

Sen. Eddie Melton (D-Gary) said 2023 is the time for “bold investments” to support Hoosier families. And first on the list, he said, is always K-12 education.

“Especially when we know we have a shortage of teachers, counselors, nurses and staff, across the board,” Melton said.

Sen. Shelli Yoder said the legislature needs to finally step up to address a critical need – access to affordable child care.

“Indiana businesses cite lack of child care as their biggest external workforce barrier,” Yoder said.

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The Senate Democrats’ plan would provide tax credits for child care.

Senate Democratic Leader Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) said the legislature's attention should be squarely fixed on these sorts of issues.

"Put a halt to all the divisive cultural wars that we've had and we see churning right now in the Indiana General Assembly," Taylor said.

At the same time, the caucus also plans to fight for bills that would restore abortion rights and enshrine same sex and interracial marriage rights in state law.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.