Governor Mitch Daniels at a press conference
in March at The Chamber concerning the Budget issue
An email from the Governor’s office:
Budget a victory for taxpayer protection; huge step forward for education reform
Governor Mitch Daniels today said the two-year budget passed by the General Assembly last night is a victory for Hoosier taxpayer protection and a huge step forward for education reform in Indiana.
“This budget is the product of a healthy compromise. In addition to striking a great bargain that protects taxpayers in this state, almost uniquely in America, we’ve done a good thing for our kids, their future and our state’s future. And we still have a billion dollars in reserve when there are tax increases happening all over the country.”
He also cautioned against future challenges in crafting the next biennial budget in 2011 .
“If the legislature thinks this budget was difficult, just wait for the next time. We’ll be dealing with fewer dollars in two years than we did two years ago. With profound thanks to everyone who produced a really good outcome last night, the work of protecting taxpayers will have to continue.”
The governor said he will renew efforts to enact local government reform in the 2010 legislative session.
“I hope we make more forward progress next year. We should never ever skip an opportunity or a session, short or long, to try and make positive change, and we’ll be thinking about that starting right away,” said Daniels.