Indiana Statehouse ‘No Longer the People’s House’
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ administration will limit the number of people who can assemble in the statehouse beginning Jan. 1–a move that Indiana AFL-CIO President Nancy Guyott says creates a “policy to shut out the voices of dissent and limit access to government to only those they favor.”
IndyStar.com reports state security agencies have capped the number of people who can be in the statehouse in Indianapolis at any one time to 3,000, including about 1,700 employees–a fraction of the number who have turned out at the statehouse to protest proposed “right to work” (for less) legislation.
According to Guyott:
Under this policy neither lobbyist nor donor will be turned away–yet everyday, taxpaying citizens will be.
This arrogant move is clearly aimed at working people who in 2011 went to the Statehouse to protest the anti-worker agenda being advanced there–and it is wrong. Our Constitution guarantees us the right to petition our government, and this limits that fundamental right.
That it is the official policy of this state that the people’s voices are mere noise is tragic. And that those setting Indiana’s legislative priorities feel they must isolate people’s representatives from the citizens they represent is
testament to how unpopular the policies they are advancing are.
Time Magazine named “the protester” the Person of the Year for 2011. Looks like Daniels and his crew would like to keep that from happening again in 2012.