Hoosier Survey revisited

Indiana Statehouse
(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – 24-Hour News 8 used the WISH-TV/Ball State Hoosier Survey to find out what you think about major issues before lawmakers began the 2014 General Assembly.

Now it’s time to look back and see how the results square with what the legislature did.

The big story of the 2014 General Assembly was the battle over gay marriage. There will be no referendum on the marriage amendment this year because it was changed and the Hoosier Survey found that’s what the public wanted.

54 percent oppose the marriage amendment.

The governor focused on early childhood education.

“We have funded pre-K education for disadvantaged children,” Mike Pence declared on Friday.

Late last year the Hoosier Survey found strong support for another aspect of early childhood education. 59 percent said they support a lower mandatory school age. It’s now 7.

The battle to win cuts in corporate taxes reflects the finding in the Hoosier Survey that jobs are the top issue.

Highways were also a top priority for the public and lawmakers voted to free up $400 million in road funds.

And that’s also about jobs.

“It creates a lot, a lot of jobs,” said Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso.)

But the Hoosier Survey also found support for regulating decriminalizing marijuana. 52 percent said regulate it like alcohol. 78 percent said tax it, yet a decriminalization bill didn’t get a hearing.

“We could balance our budget,” said Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage,) “and I think a lot of people think, why not treat it like alcohol?”

It’s one of the issues lawmakers are likely to face next year but the lesson here may be that lawmakers really do listen to the public, at least on most issues.

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