Gov. Mitch Daniels is still the right person to lead the state during trying times.
A year ago, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels proudly spoke in his annual State of the State speech of jobs coming to Indiana. Specifically, he referred to IBM in Daleville and Really Cool Foods in Cambridge City, among others.
Records were broken in 2007, he said, for new investment and new jobs in the Hoosier state.
Last week during his updated address, the job news wasn’t as positive.
Indiana, he noted, was facing difficulties.
“But doing so with confidence, and even pride,” he told the crowd in the Statehouse.
This time around, Daniels focused on preserving funding at current levels for schools, although he postponed his hopes to provide complete funding for full-day kindergarten.
He praised the legislature for providing taxpayers with the first steps in property tax cuts. But he mentioned hopes to provide an automatic refund of tax dollars when the state has all the monies it reasonably needs.
“With revenues under pressure, there is no prospect of a refund being triggered any year soon,” the governor said. “But that just makes now an appropriate time to enact it, when we can examine it purely on its merits as a tool for keeping government within reasonable limits.”
Is Daniels jumping back and forth?
Not quite. All Hoosiers are wary of the future. The governor may be equally as concerned, but his speech, and his demeanor during the last four years and the recent election, reflects a Hoosier roll-with-it attitude.
“We must never miss a chance to move, to make improvements, to modernize. Doing so while others are paralyzed will demonstrate yet again that ours is a state where change is much more than a slogan. A state that faces forward, fearlessly. A state to whom the future belongs.”
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