Pro Tem: We Will Work To Salvage 2011 Session

By Maureen Mespell

March 17, 2011 Updated Mar 17, 2011 at 5:23 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) said the Indiana state senators will go to work to salvage the 2011 session.

Thursday morning, Long asked Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville), chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, to begin immediate hearings on a balanced two year state budget.

Kenley said the state budget hearings will begin next week beginning Monday.

"Responsible, accountable, honest budgeting is vital, especially when resources are so scarce," Kenley said. "The transparent process constituents have come to expect takes time and effort on lawmakers' part. Everyone must work together to make certain state government is as efficient and effective as possible. Hoosier families have been forced to make tough spending decisions these past few years. They know firsthand those decisions take time and are not made lightly. Government should be no different. We should not rush. We should get it right."

Both Senators Long and Kenley say that the Senate's work has continued since the House Democrats' walkout on Feb. 21.

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