House Democratic leader lays out state party's top issues

2013-10-29T19:00:00Z 2013-10-30T00:44:04Z House Democratic leader lays out state party's top issuesTimes Staff nwitimes.com
October 29, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

MUNSTER | House Democratic leader Scott Pelath said Democrats plan to focus on strengthening Indiana's middle class during the next legislative session.

To strengthen the middle class, Pelath said Democrats will focus on job creation, making the state more socially tolerant, expanding healthcare coverage and creating a first-rate education system. He said this could all lead to a better climate for businesses to grow or move to the state.

"We've had the chance, after a couple rough election cycles, to really refocus on what's most important to us, refocus on a message that we can articulate to Hoosiers," Pelath said. "And focus on really providing alternatives particularly with respects to economics and growing a more prosperous state."

During a guest appearance Tuesday on Politcal Roundtable on nwi.com, Pelath said Indiana officials have to expand health coverage and also expand jobs within the health sector.

He said Democrats will also be behind the fight against a proposal to amend the state's constitution to include a ban on same-sex marriages. He said the amendment would be an embarrassment to the state and could have a negative effect on the state's economy.

The group is expected to face hurdles as the minority in the house.

"We are not Washington D.C.," he said. "We can still come together on the things that we do agree on and that's what differentiates us."

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