Our New State Auditor? – Open Item
Okay, so we know that later today we will have a new State Auditor. We shared in on our Twitter stream yesterday that Governor Mike Pence’s office had issued a press release announcing the announcement would take place later today. In Tuesday’s Open Item we speculated that Gov. Pence, if he held true to form, wouldn’t pick someone who had been mentioned as being under consideration. However, WISH-TV reporter Jim Shella reports on his blog that the next State Auditor will be Brownsburg Town Council President Dwayne Sawyer. We have not received any confirmations that this is in fact the case, but we’re fairly certain Shella wouldn’t post it if he wasn’t confident of his source.
What’s interesting is that Shella indicated that Sawyer wasn’t on any published lists when Gov. Pence started his search. That’s interesting because the first mention of any candidates were the first four Gov. Pence interviewed. They were identified by the Indianapolis Star (and in our Open Item yesterday) as the first four under consideration. In addition to Sawyer candidates mentioned included State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville), Cecilia Castro Coble and Michael McQuillan. This list was the earliest published list of candidates I was able to find, so I’m not sure why it doesn’t count.
In other news, Congressman Luke Messer (R-Shelbyville) had an op-ed published in the Muncie Star-Press. His piece, titled “Making government work for people,” covers a wide range of legislation that has been proposed to provide some needed reforms to how our government works. It’s a good recap of legislation that hopefully will receive some consideration in the run-up to passing appropriations bills and fund the government this fall when Congress returns from it’s August District Work Period.
Speaking of appropriations bills, it looks like we’re headed to our customary standoff when it comes to getting the bills passed that fund the government. In a very literal sense of the word, this is the prime job of Congress. The government’s fiscal year ends on September 30, yet of the 12 appropriations bills that fund the various aspects of the federal government, the House of Representatives has passed four and the Senate has passed none. In addition, two of the most controversial bills haven’t even been drafted yet.
While I recognize there is a division in Congress, I would suggest there might be a correlation between declining institutional approval ratings and their consistent inability to get their job done. It would be one thing if they were just merely disagreeing on fine points of the contents of the legislation, but when two bills haven’t been drafted less than two months before the deadline, it’s hard to believe they take the process very seriously.
You can track the progress of the appropriations bills and read them and the relevant committee reports for yourself via the Library of Congress’ THOMAS legislative information database. They keep a table of the legislation here that anyone can access.
Later today we’ll be closing our Tweet of the Week nominations. Please be sure to get any nominations in that you’d like to see considered and we’ll open up the voting on Friday.