|Governor Mike Pence|
According to the Indianapolis Star, the state has hired the PR firm of Porter Novelli to do the tough task of making Indiana no longer a laughingstock across the country. The bill to taxpayers: $2 million plus more cash in advertising buys down the road.
It’s not 100 percent clear where the funds are coming from to pay the firm. Personally, I think Mike Pence, Brian Bosma, and David Long should scrape up money from their collective campaign accounts. After all, it was these three that did the damage to our state. It was their bullheadedness that didn’t allow them to see what might be the consequences of a broad RFRA action.
Besides, is this amount even enough to repair the damage? It’s not a PR problem. This is a fundamental issue of respect. LGBT Hoosiers deserve protections under our state’s anti-discrimination law. If lawmakers fix that wrong, then the reputation of our state will go a long way towards being mended.