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Thursday, February 11, 2010

On his way to Terre Haute Thursday, Gov. Mitch Daniels paid a visit to The Brazil Times. [Order this photo]
Since Gov. Mitch Daniels announced $300 million in cuts to K-12 education funding across the board, several school corporations throughout the state have been working feverishly to tighten belts.

The cuts began in January. Daniels, during a visit to Brazil Thursday, said the cuts were necessary.

"We've squeezed everything else so much harder," Daniels said. "It's one of those things that had to be done."

Daniels claimed during the first five years of his administration, education spending had been raised 12 percent.

He said the cuts shouldn't be "too much to ask."

"If anyone doesn't like it, ask 'what tax do you want raised,'" Daniels said.

Daniels pointed to the recent Indiana State Board of Education citizen's checklist, stating school districts statewide should look at it closely.

"There are 9-10 things (on the list) any district should do before reducing (teaching staff)," he said.

The list asks citizens to determine if their school district has "taken these actions to increase savings and efficiency."

Among the items on the checklist is refraining from "all salary and benefits increases for all school employees."

On Thursday, Daniels said -- across the board -- teachers' salaries are higher than the average Hoosier.

Despite the cuts, Daniels said Indiana is better off the most of the states in the Midwest.

"Our reduction here is so much smaller than other states," he said. "We had to do it and we're dealing with it."

Daniels said the state spends more per pupil than most states across the nation.

"We're way toward the generous end," he said. "There's only six or seven states that dig deeper than Hoosiers do. How much more can you dig?"

Daniels said the state "delivered more money" to school districts when it could, but some of that money was not spent wisely.

"When money gets wasted, children get cheated," he said. "Kids don't have as many opportunities."

Daniels added he didn't expect any more cuts.

"I hope not," he said.

While in Brazil Thursday, Daniels also touched briefly on the state's unemployment.

Recent statistics showed in December, the state's unemployment rate was 9.9 percent, which Daniels said was under the national average.

"We believe we've done everything we know how to make Indiana the most attractive place for jobs," he said, adding several jobs were added across the state before the national economy began to slip into recession.

"It felt like being the prettiest girl in school and they called off the prom," he said of the recession.

Daniels said job growth in the state would depend on the national economy.

"If we can hold on, other states will slip one more notch behind us," Daniels said. "I think we can do better than other states, but we need the whole economy to come back."

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We should have voted him out after the 1st time around.If we really knew how many jobs he has personally taken away from this state it is unbelivable.Most of the jobs went to friends of his that don't even live in Indiana.He calls it privatize well all it does is take away jobs and money from Indiana.Sure some of these people were offered a job but for less money and less benifits.Daniels and friends became richer and the common person ended up on welfare .Thanks Mitch

-- Posted by GO HOOSIERS on Thu, Feb 11, 2010, at 10:17 PM

AMEN cat811 !!!

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 8:16 AM

Since lucky doesn't like my negativity, how about this? Mitch Daniels is one of the greatest Indiana govenors and we're "lucky" that he wanted to serve the public sector. How's that lucky, positive enough for you??

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 10:04 AM

What about all the other hundreds of jobs he HAS created? At the same time not raising taxes in an economy we haven't seen in a long time. Sorry but if privatizing a road keeps us in the black he must be doing something right.

-- Posted by Indymove on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 10:04 AM

Thats how he gets away with it , its not privatizing a road, it would take a couple of pages to give a first hand example, so I'll abbreviate, he's on his second term, right, he doesn't even know enough about the departments and what they do and who they serve, he tried to axe them and they got saved by pressure from a very important group in Indiana who would have been put out of business if that division were not functioning, its all smoke and mirrors, the good ol boy image makes the paper and delivers what he thinks people want to hear, and they immediately site one example they consider a good thing and its off and running just like he spins it, I'm a Republican, I know whats behind the spin, buy it if you want, I am just telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 12:25 PM

Yeah, why would we want to spend any sort of money on education? Its not like its important or anything...

Psht... Daniels is a joke.

-- Posted by washdcfan on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 12:32 PM

The Governor says,"what tax do you want raised". I suppose raising our local county tax 80% indicates that we "wanted it raised". Later in the year the so called LOIT tax will add another 44.4% to our local tax, so I guess we wanted that additional tax as well. For Mr. Daniels to point out that all school employees should not have any salary or benefit increase; and, by the way our teachers' salaries are higher than the average Hoosier, is a crock. Does the average Hoosier have an undergraduate degree, or possibly a Master's degree. Our Governor ranks 41st out of 50 Governors' in salary rankings, and I would say we are getting just what we deserve. Hold on to your butt's, because you are listening to the next Republican President. I can hear the campaign speech, "We balanced the budget in Indiana, and we didn't raise taxes". Bullhockey!

-- Posted by ucantbserious on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 3:14 PM

So ucantbserious, you like the Messiah?

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 7:12 PM

Property taxes may not be raised but its all dumped on smaller municipalities, its the beginning of TAX Raising and less services for your money, look at Muncie, they have less cops, less fireman, less emt's, no street lights at night and who knows what else, crime increased. Just wait until Brazil has to have their next budget approved. Lethal, you don't have to be a Messiah or a rocket scientist to gain knowledge and form an opinion from the facts.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Sat, Feb 13, 2010, at 3:20 PM

Brazil class = serving the Governor coffee in a Styrofoam cup.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 1:20 PM

Lee Thall= either to lazy too desire too make a difference via a political run or.....

very complacent to complain. I will run. I will make a difference one Ward at a time. You....me, a good team? Could be. However only one of us will actually follow through and the other might just be content to be a sign in name , faceless on a website. It's you. Do it! Unless you're already a public figure....

-- Posted by karenmeister on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 10:56 PM

dont blame the way we live here on the Gov He's not the one who tells you to quit school He is not the one who leaves his garage sales items on his front porch

he is not the one who throws trash on the street and who complains about trash being too high

If you want the town to look like a half decent town clean up your own placesThe complaint I have is the business we try to get into We should stop doing our business at these places until they get their driveways fixed LEAN UP THE OUTSIDES ALSO

-- Posted by 1dogbob on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 4:13 PM

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