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Germane Attraction: Don't Hitch SJR7, Other Junk To Tax Reforms

Argue Memo to B-Boz: Quit screwing around with property tax reform -- and keep your people in line.

House Republicans, in their defense, point out that last week Democrats attached several amendments to the main property tax reform package, House Bill 1001. The chief difference is one of relevance. This editorial page argued against a Democratic amendment that weakens a proposal to require referendums on major school construction projects. But the issue is pertinent to the overall intent of HB 1001. No one can make a serious argument that a same-sex marriage ban has anything do with property taxes.

The push to amend the tax caps into the constitution remains alive because the Senate passed identical legislation. House Minority Leader Brian Bosma, however, isn't ruling out another attempt to cobble his caucus' amendments into the Senate version. That would be serious mistake -- both on the legislative and political levels.

The proposed amendment deserves serious scrutiny. Adding the caps to the constitution would make it difficult for state leaders in the future to complete adjustments should the need arise. But the issue needs to rise or fall on its own merits, not because it was scuttled by irrelevant addendums.

Final warning: House Republicans, knock off the politics-as-usual nonsense you reverted to this week, or prepare to endure voters' wrath on Election Day.

Comments

It's true the these "Right to Hunt/Trap/Fish" state constitutional amendments that have begun popping up in legislatures throughout the country, suggest a strategic trend--justified by some as a pro-active step against animal welfare groups who would allegedly somehow succeed in putting a catastrophic halt on all that sportspersons know and love~ NOT!!

What may masquerade as a seemingly frivolous constitutional amendment (a token "in your face" to so-called "Antis")is actually a Trojan Horse attempt by desperate "consumptive' users of wildlife to insert their deadly tentacles into our state constitution in order to help maintain the status quo.

The stealth factions understand that communities and municipalities can and do pass regulations pertaining to hunting/trapping that interfere with their chosen pastimes. Inserting an amendment (under the auspices of protecting/preserving a pastime supposedly as American as APPLE PIE )into the state constitution represents a not-so-suble attempt to bypass any such regulation. Because --perhaps (ya think??)--
a constitutional "right" provides a basis upon which the sportsmen groups can file more and more frivolous, mean-spirited lawsuits that are meant to stymie the authority of regulatory agencies that are increasingly subject to the input of the rest of the non-hunting/trapping public (ie, the vast majority of the population).

This has occurred in other states that, asleep at the wheel, allowed for these constitutional inclusions. Result:a large increase in the number of lawsuits challenging state agencies and/or local & county municipalities to control the conditions under which hunting and trapping activities are allowed (or prohibited).

Stop and consider if our state needs an increase in the number of oh-so-bold-and audacious lawsuits by the likes of the Canned Deerhunt Operators (some of which are now convicted FELONS) or Live Bait dog runners (and their "suppliers") seeking to preserve their so-called "rights"!!!

These activities are CLEARLY opposed by the majority of the public and nobody in the legislature downstate seems to be willing to open their eyes to the ugly realities involved in the exploitation of wildlife (a public trust) by these fringe groups who try to pass themselves off as traditional, eat-what-you hunt outdoorspersons.

These folks are persistent and devious in their attempts to preserve their preferred
pastimes of exploiting wildlife (or wildlife that they have managed, as in the case of farm-raised deer , to get reclassified as livestock via legislative tampering).

Our state legislators would be wise to
make themselves aware of the unintended consequences of allowing this constitutional tampering!! It's not just a "feel-good" measure, as alleged by some.
There's a wolf in sheep's clothing involved (my apologies to wolves for making the analogy!)

Any politicians that support the inhumane selling of trapped live wildlife as bait for running pens, or the right to hunt Bill will be remembered at the ballot box by humane animal advocates, who will be dedicated to prematurely ending your political career.

If people could see the photos these heartless bastards take of coyotes getting ripped to shreds by these equally exploited hunting dogs, they would be outraged. What kind of heartless, greedy moron engages in this bloody and gruesome passtime? And to what end? Do they really think they're making an impact on the coyote popuation? Please! If they were making an impact they would know that their trapping and killing are more than likely causing an increase in the population, not a decrease.

I certainly hope "our man Mitch" finds better ways to spend my tax dollars than listening to this fragment of the population.

As a constituent who pays these people's salary, I want to see the constitutional right to hunting bill KILLED--deader than a trespassing hunter in my backyard. This is a waste of time and against the best interest of the 95 PERCENT of the constituency WHO ARE NOT HUNTERS. No one would be ludicrous enough to even suggest that those who partake in other "sports" and hobbies should be allowed a constitutional amendment to protect their right to partake. What's next? A constitutional right to scrapbooking?

The continued life of this bill is a waste of my tax dollars. I didn't these people to Indianapolis to protect the rights of 5% of the population! Other states have cost their counties/citizens in legal fees because of this, and it cannot happen in Indiana.

I say, do not be a puppet to the minority! Get out of the hunters' pockets and start representing 95% of the people who put you in office! Spend your time and and my tax dollars on other issues--like education--that are of so much greater importance to the majority of Hoosiers.

Please kill the Right to Hunt Bill in Committee. What about my right as a citizen to not have my children, myself and my animals put in danger. What about my rights as the one of the 95% hoosiers who do not hunt. Aren't there more important things you could be working on? What about education?. What about health care? What about our elderly who can't afford their medicines that they need. Some are having to choose either food or medicine to help them stay alive. Last week on the news , I saw the story of a seventy year old woman who couldn't afford to pay her heating bill. She had turned her heat off. She dressed herself in several layers of clothing, piled blankets on her bed, got into bed for the night and didn't wake up the next morning. She died of hypothermia. Doesn't whatever trappers and hunters want seem petty next to these real problems?
Cecilia

Please kill the Right to Hunt Bill in Committee. What about my right as a citizen to not have my children, myself and my animals put in danger. What about my rights as the one of the 95% hoosiers who do not hunt. Aren't there more important things you could be working on? What about education?. What about health care? What about our elderly who can't afford their medicines that they need. Some are having to choose either food or medicine to help them stay alive. Last week on the news , I saw the story of a seventy year old woman who couldn't afford to pay her heating bill. She had turned her heat off. She dressed herself in several layers of clothing, piled blankets on her bed, got into bed for the night and didn't wake up the next morning. She died of hypothermia. Doesn't whatever trappers and hunters want seem petty next to these real problems?
Cecilia

Oh and while I'm at the keyboard - what's with Mitch chit chatting with fur trappers (FTA) about keeping Indiana as one of the top sellers of trapped LIVE wildlife as bait for running pens? HUH? This is what he talks about when not on stage? Hoosiers selling live animals as bait for dog running? This is unbelievable. All the problems with this short legislative session and the Mitch man has time to give an "atta boy" to the trappers selling live animals for bait? Doesn't he remember what it feels like to have a doggie nipping at his hind end? Remember when the poor Mitch man was attacked by a dog while biking? Well, now he wants that fate for rabbits, coons, foxes and coyotes? Really? How about a 4- 6 hour spin around the running pen yourself, Mr. All Health and No Compassion? - with lots of doggies nipping at your sunder parts? Now that would be a paying event. Live Bait Trappers should not be constituents your are proud of - Shame. Shame. Shame.

Yes - by all means let's "stop screwing around with tax reform!" No time for any other bills but plenty of time for the Senate to pass a CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT FOR HUNTERS AND TRAPPERS RIGHTS. I wish I was making it up. Who noticed that one slip through? Other states who thought they were on this cutting edge method of getting votes from the NRA and big box hunting lobbyists, now find themselves in a conundrum. Ah - local governing bodies can't control their own zoning for such activities ........ ah, yes, precisely of this CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT for hunting. Citizens in other states are finding themselves in court for months at a time trying to protect their personal property rights. Apparently the Senate does not understand the law of unintended consequences. Maybe the House is smarter. For Pete's sake - don't you have enough to do with Property Taxes? You need to sneak in a constitutional amendment for a form of recreation enjoyed by 5% of the Hoosier population? How about my rights to skateboarding? Huh, how about THAT? Towns are making all kinds of rules about where and when I can skateboard. I want to get me one of those constitutional amendments.

It must be the inner hack in you (which is not attractive) when you consider that what you wrote is about what the Ryerson clones scribbled. No one seriously considers the Star's editorials as being worth squat. Keep better company?

AMEN and DITTO!!!

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