GiaQuinta Questions Ethics Associated with Major Moves
March 13, 2006
Phil GiaQuinta, Democratic candidate for State Representative (D-80), today questioned the ethics surrounding the possible passage of Major Moves.
“I am opposed to what is happening in Indianapolis to get Major Moves passed,” said GiaQuinta. “This bill should be renamed “Major Shananagans” because that’s what we’ve gotten from Governor Daniels with his effort to lease the toll road.”
GiaQuinta cited two examples:
“First, the legislators from the toll road counties were promised millions for their counties in order to secure their votes. There is absolutely no evidence to back up claims that these counties will spend millions more in road repair. Residents of Allen and other counties become the big losers since there is less money to spread among them.” said GiaQuinta. “It’s clear that without a study proving the adverse impact to Toll Road counties, these payoffs violate basic equal protection, requiring the State to treat all citizens equally. If Major Moves can’t pass without political payoffs to secure votes, than it shouldn’t pass at all,” said GiaQuinta.
“Second, during this session and the debate on Major Moves, the Daniels’ Administration offered two Democrat Legislators jobs. I believe it is wrong for the Executive Branch of Sate Government to offer jobs to members of the Legislative Branch while important legislation is pending,” said GiaQuinta. “In our system of government, citizens depend upon the State Legislature to provide a check and balance over the Governor. Offering jobs to sitting legislators smacks of vote buying. It is flat-out wrong.”
“Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time this has happened,” said GiaQuinta. “After Representative Troy Woodruff (R-Vincennes) cast the deciding vote for daylight savings time, his wife received a job in state government. When I am elected, I will propose legislation that prohibits legislators or their immediate family members from taking state jobs within six months from the end of a legislative session.”
“The citizens of Indiana should have confidence knowing that their legislators will cast their votes based on the merit of the legislation, not to line their pockets. Those who violate this sacred trust should be held accountable.”