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Daniels talks about economy in recession

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Gov. Mitch Daniels speaks to Greencastle resident Larry Sutton during the Greencastle Rotary Club's meeting Wednesday. Jared Jernagan (Banner Graphic) Photo. [Order this photo]
GREENCASTLE -- According to Gov. Mitch Daniels, things were looking very good for the state before the recession.

"Before the recession started, we began showing up on all these maps for the best place for jobs," Daniels told reporters with The Brazil Times and Banner Graphic Wednesday in Greencastle. "It was frustrating when the recession hit."

Still, even though experts have stated the recession is over and most states are having difficulty with finances, Daniels believes Indiana is in good standing. Especially when it comes to bringing in companies that could provide jobs for Hoosiers.

"It felt like being the prettiest girl and being stood up for prom," Daniels said. "Our goal is to stay attractive."

On Wednesday, Daniels paid a visit to the Greencastle Rotary Club and before leaving Putnam County, visited with reporters at the Banner-Graphic.

He said despite the recession and many states suffering, Indiana is in better shape.

"There has been a little bit of growth," he said. "We're still out there competing for business. We see some good growth, but we've got a long, long way to go."

Daniels added many "big" announcements of other companies settling roots in Indiana could come in the immediate future.

He added he doesn't see a reason why the state would have to raise taxes in the future.

"Look at the record," he said. "We do what we need to do to avoid that from happening.

"We've been reducing taxes while (other states) are going up. It's partly about helping people get through the recession and to make us look more attractive (for businesses)."

During his travels, Daniels said he has met with many Hoosiers who fear their future, particularly small business owners, adding he hopes the federal government will "listen, and at least stop doing the things that are against job growth."

"I think the national economy is weak and extremely fragile," he added. "I hope I'm wrong. But the federal government has taken a number of steps that I think are anti-job."

Many have criticized Daniels and his administration for steps it took to continue cutting spending this year after the state government cut into education spending.

Daniels, however, said his administration had raised education spending every year he has been in office until this year.

"We hope to do it again," he said. "Teachers are priceless. But we don't get enough dollars in our classroom.

"We have economized to protect education."

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Mitch's eyes make him look like Howdy Doody!

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Wed, Sep 22, 2010, at 9:59 PM

lol Dag...funny. If Indiana is doing so hot, how come we hear about the fire dept and police dept having to cut back?

The Gov also wanted more money from the feds to keep the schools open and for medicaide money.

I thought Republicans believed in independance from the government?

I dont know I am a little confused.

I thought too that if Dems gave the small business owner tax cuts it was a good thing?

Republicans voted against them. Anyone know alot about why that doesn't help? I also think they should give small business a bit more help.

-- Posted by Pearl2083 on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 4:45 PM

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