(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Increasing the fine on striking Democrats will bring them back to the statehouse hope Republican leaders of the Indiana House of Representatives.
Last week, House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) began a $250 a day fine on Democrats who refused to leave an Urbana, Illinois hotel and report to session.
Bosma said Thursday the fine will become $350 a day beginning Monday.
Rep. Win Moses (D-Fort Wayne) called the fines a poke in the eye and said they wouldn't break the impasse the Associated Press reported.
Minority leader Pat Bauer (D-South Bend) told the Indianapolis Star it was unlikely his caucus will be back Monday. Bosma said he made Democrats a "firm and final offer" by offering changes to House Bill 1216, which affects union wages and union gaurantees on public construction projects.
Due to lack of a quorum, the House has been unable to conduct any business since Democrats walked out Feb. 22. Indiana's constitution requires at least 67 House members to be present in order for votes on any bills to be held.
The legislature has until April 29 to pass a biennial state budget. Otherwise lawmakers would be looking at a special session to pass a spending plan before a possible government shutdown starting July 1.