Fine Increases For Missing Democrats

By Scott Sarvay

March 21, 2011 Updated Mar 21, 2011 at 12:31 PM EDT

INDIANA (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The State House remains at a stalemate but Republican leaders in the State Senate are forging ahead.

The Appropriations Committee is expected to begin hearings on a proposed 2-year budget on Monday, as the bill remains stalled in the House.

The Republican head of the House's Budget-Writing Committee will testify at Monday’s Senate hearing.

And House Republicans will discuss a resolution to censure the House Democrats, as Speaker (R) Brian Bosma fines them each $350 a day trying to end a month-long walkout.

Some of the Democrats returned to Indiana to take care of personal business this weekend, but plan to go back to Illinois today.

Fort Wayne Representative Phil GiaQuinta tells Indiana's NewsCenter the Democrats are fighting the good fight as they continue to protest labor and education reform bills.

GiaQuinta says, “It’s important that the public have a chance to take a look at these bills, because there has been several regarding public education, teachers, and certainly middle class workers.”

Although GiaQuinta is returning to Illinois, he'll be back in Fort Wayne this week.

He and Win Moses will talk to Democratic supporters using a live feed during a rally Tuesday night.

The "third district democratic party" is holding the event at 7 pm at the Plumbers and Steamfitters local hall on Ludwig Road.

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