The 2022 Election: INDems’ Economic Agenda vs. INGOP’s Culture Wars


Democrats delivered jobs, broadband, infrastructure projects, teacher pay raise, adequately funded schools 

Republicans politicized schools, disrespected law enforcement, attacked innocent minors, and discredited life-saving vaccines

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today highlighted what will be the two competing visions for the 2022 state and federal elections: Indiana Democrats’ economic agenda vs. Indiana GOP’s culture wars. The 2022 legislative session cemented the Indiana Republican Party as the Culture War Party – willing to set aside facts, expert opinions, and the will of voters to pursue a nationalized agenda that has nothing to do with Indiana’s future. 

In a shortened session, Indiana Republicans were able to: 

  1. Disrespect Indiana’s law enforcement (after voting to defund them twice in 2021)

IndyStar: ‘The problem with the supermajority’: State police chief lays into Republicans over gun bill

  1. Politicize classrooms and educators 

WPTA: Education bill that prompted strong opposition dies in Indiana Senate

Washington Post: An Indiana GOP state senator said teachers ‘need to be impartial’ during lessons about Nazism and fascism

WTHR: Indiana education chair apologizes for ‘hurtful’ comments on African American students’ test scores

  1. Attack innocent minors for playing school sports

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Transgender sports bill passes, heads to Holcomb

  1. Discredit the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine

IndyStar Column: Briggs: Republicans’ Thanksgiving rush to stop employer vaccine mandates ends in fiasco

  1. Question the integrity of Indiana’s elections 

Indiana Public Media: GOP rolls back election security measure, restricts absentee vote-by-mail

In contrast, this is what Indiana Democrats have delivered for Hoosier families: 

  1. Jobs 

Fox59: “The Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) is funded by the federal government’s American Rescue Plan.”

  1. Broadband

Kokomo Tribune: Howard County to allocate $1.5 million to $2 million toward broadband 


  1. Infrastructure

NWI Times: Infrastructure proposal includes billions for Indiana

  1. School Funding at Pre-2008 Levels

IndyStar: “In total, it will direct an astronomical $1.9 billion new dollars toward K-12 schools over the biennium, more than twice as much as originally proposed in earlier budget drafts.” 

  1. Pay Raise for Educators

IndyStar: “The state also benefited from the federal stimulus package signed by President Biden. The $37.4 billion two-year budget compromise, struck between Gov. Eric Holcomb and leaders of the Indiana General Assembly, will fund the $600 million down payment that a state commission found was needed to make teacher pay in Indiana competitive.”

  1. Childcare

Indiana Public Media: Indiana announces $540 million grant program aiming to stabilize 

child care industry

  1. Mental Health Services

Evansville Courier & Press: Rescue money will open Evansville mental health center 2 years after facility was built

  1. COVID-19 Vaccines

Department of Health and Human Services: Biden-Harris Administration Provides $121 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Support Local Community-Based Efforts to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations in Underserved Communities

  1. Veterans Services

New Albany News & Tribune: Local veterans program, Liberty Place, receives $50,000 ARP grant

  1. Relief for all 92 Counties

Associated Press: Indiana Could See $5.8 Billion In New COVID Relief Money

The Indiana Democratic Party will crisscross the state to share how leaders like André Carson, Frank Mrvan, and statehouse elected officials delivered a brighter future for our families. Hoosiers will also learn how Republicans like Todd Young and the statehouse supermajority put their national culture wars ahead of the kitchen-table issues that matter most with voters. 

Indiana Democrats delivered while the Indiana GOP divided the state. 


Let’s elect more Hoosier Democrats
We can't sit this one out.