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Mourdock visits Chamber

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock (left) speaks with Indiana State Representative District 46 candidate Bob Heaton (Republican) during the monthly Clay County Chamber of Commerce meeting. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
After the day he had Monday, Richard Mourdock was glad to be in Clay County Tuesday.

Prior to delving into what he was prepared to discuss at the monthly Clay County Chamber of Commerce meeting, Mourdock told a story about his Monday.

"Have you ever had a day from hell?" he quipped as those in the audience snickered.

Mourdock proceeded to talk about how he was heading to a meeting in Richmond. He got caught in the rain on the way there before finally arriving in the city.

While en route to his meeting, he got stuck by a gate at a railroad track. After checking to see if the coast was clear and realizing he was only seconds away from his destination, he passed over the tracks.

However, he knocked a bottle of water over himself in his vehicle.

Then, finally arriving at his destination, he realized it was incorrect. He was supposed to be in New Castle.

Mourdock -- the 53rd Indiana State Treasurer -- was the featured speaker at the chamber monthly meeting Tuesday, which takes place in the meeting room at St. Vincent Clay Hospital.

He offered an update regarding the state's legal case against Chrysler in addition to a status report on the economic position of the state among other items.

"All of you know it's a very difficult time right now," Mourdock said. "These are very challenging times."

Mourdock said the state endured 17 consecutive months of economic downturn. He said a year-to-year monthly comparison recently showed the state saw a decrease in revenue, the longest the state had ever witnessed.

The prior streak was nine months during the Great Depression.

However, Mourdock said Indiana is one of only two states in the nation that has "money in the bank," joining North Dakota as the only two states to manage to boast that revelation.

"As far as state government, we have a great deal to be proud of in Indiana," Mourdock said.

He pointed out that last year, the state helped create jobs in the private sector by 10 percent, despite Indiana only occupying 2.2 percent of America's population.

"The state is consistently rated as a great place to do business," Mourdock said.

He admitted he wasn't sure how some states, including California, Ohio and Illinois, were going to make it through the difficult times.

"We remain, thank God, the 'Crossroads of America,'" he said.

Mourdock also gave an update on the case he pursued regarding the recent automobile industry bailout.

Mourdock said he pursued the case for Indiana pensioners, specifically the Indiana State Police Pension Fund and the Teachers Retirement Fund.

The case went to the United States Supreme Court and was struck down immediately.

"There was no due process in the case," Mourdock said. "We thought we could stop the case."

After the Supreme Court struck down the case, Mourdock said he then went back to the 2nd Circuit Court to file the case again.

He said the state is currently waiting for a decision.

"We feel like we're making progress on this," Mourdock said. "My job is to follow the law."

Mourdock briefly touched on education, saying the nation must do a better job in the future.

He pointed to a recent statistic he found stating in eight years, the average educational level of retirees would be higher than the average workforce.

"There is one area where we are, frankly horrible, and that is education," Mourdock said. "We are dumbing down."

Mourdock said young people must strive for "high-tech" jobs in the future.

"We've got to turn that around if we hope to have an international future," he said.

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Several years ago I drove around a rail road gate where the train was stopped about a 100 feet from the intersection. I found out from a very rude police officer that this called disregarding an automatic traffic control device and was ticketed. At least this politician is bragging about his illegal activities.......

-- Posted by jddriver4960 on Wed, Jun 23, 2010, at 9:41 AM

The first thing that caught my eye was that Cross on the wall. God is good... all the time.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Wed, Jun 23, 2010, at 10:17 AM

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