Indiana General Assembly Winding Down

The Indiana General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn in a few days, but lawmakers still have two major issues to address: passing a state budget and fixing Indiana’s bankrupt unemployment insurance system. Governor Mitch Daniels says the budget plans passed by the House and Senate spend too much and don’t sufficiently address expected drops in… Continue reading Indiana General Assembly Winding Down

Daniels Concerned About GOP Budget Plan

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says a state budget plan crafted this week by state Senate Republicans spends too much and relies too much on federal stimulus money.                             The two-year plan that cleared the GOP-led Senate Appropriations Commiteee Thursday spends about $2 billion in stimulus funds, much of it on education.                              Daniels, who’s also a Republican,… Continue reading Daniels Concerned About GOP Budget Plan

Indiana Meetings To Focus On Improving Local Government

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has announced plans for a series of regional meetings focusing on ways to make local governments in the Hoosier State more efficient and accountable. Daniels supports proposals to eliminate township government and replace the current three-member boards of county commissioners with a single county executive. He says this is not meant… Continue reading Indiana Meetings To Focus On Improving Local Government

Indiana's Unemployment Fund On Legislative Agenda

The Indiana General Assembly resumes this week. Among the many tasks facing lawmakers is fixing the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, which has been depending on federal loans since last year to remain solvent. Governor Mitch Daniels says this is not a problem that just popped up during the economic downturn. “Everybody knows the seeds… Continue reading Indiana's Unemployment Fund On Legislative Agenda

Daniels Speech Focuses On Economy, Education, Taxes

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels delivered his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate Tuesday night. Daniels told lawmakers that difficult economic times lie ahead, but it’s also an opportunity for state government to be innovative. The governor has been forced to cut more than $760 million from… Continue reading Daniels Speech Focuses On Economy, Education, Taxes

Daniels' Inauguration Today; State of State Address Tuesday

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels will deliver two major speeches this week. The first will come today when Daniels is inaugurated for a second term. The second is tomorrow, when the Republican governor will deliver his State of the State address to a joint session of the Indiana House and Senate. Daniels says the two speeches… Continue reading Daniels' Inauguration Today; State of State Address Tuesday

Indiana General Assembly Begins This Week

Indiana state lawmakers return to the Capitol this week for their four-month-long legislative session. Budget battles are expected to dominate the session that begins Wednesday. Lawmakers will craft Indiana’s new two-year budget amid the tight finances of a recession that’s already taken a toll on the state’s economy and pocketbook. Governor Mitch Daniels already plans… Continue reading Indiana General Assembly Begins This Week