Is Progress Being Made For The Democrats To Return?

By Scott Sarvay

March 3, 2011 Updated Mar 3, 2011 at 6:23 PM EDT

URBANA, Illinois (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Encouraging words Thursday evening from Indiana Democrats hunkered down in Illinois.

While they don't plan to return to work any time soon, they say they are seeing compromise on bills they would like to see either dead, or modified.

(D) Bill Crawford of Indianapolis says, “We're more encouraged that there is movement...and that there were amendments filed this morning to modify some of the issues we have raised. So they are reacting and we'll have to let it all play out. Is it enough to get you to come back? At this point, No.”

As it stands now the Democrats are out for the rest of the week.

In the meantime, House Speaker Brian Bosma says the walk-out by Democrats is a costly one to Hoosier taxpayers.

(R) House Speaker Brian Bosma says, “We are in the second week of a very expensive walkout. In expenses alone it has cost us, taxpayers more than a quarter million dollars it cost us $36- 37,000 a day just to operate the Indiana House and our staff, which that doesn't include legislative services, which is much more expensive than that. The opportunity cost for the past two weeks has taken a serious toll, on taxpayers and we are getting a lot of discussion from taxpayers incensed about this, it is time, to compel their attendance back here.”

The fine Democrats would be assessed is $250 per day, which would begin Monday.

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