Recently I heard a state representative and a state senator discuss the activities of the 2014 Indiana legislature. Both men are intelligent, articulate and seem concerned about the well-being of our state and their constituents.
After listening to them, I wondered how much they and their colleagues thought about the implications of the General Assembly’s most recent attack on local government.
The legislature uses several means to weaken local government:
First, the unfunded mandate is popular. The state tells local governments (counties, cities, towns, school districts, libraries, special districts) what they must do but provides no money to carry out the designated activity.