This year the Indiana General Assembly has two tasks it must complete: Forge a $30 billion-plus biennial budget and draw news maps for congressional and legislative districts.

By this point in time in 2001 and 2011, U.S. Census data was in the hands of Hoosier legislators and their computer-assisted consultants, creating new congressional and General Assembly maps.

Brian A. Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana at www.

howeypolitics.com. Find him on Facebook and Twitter @hwypol.

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