Gov. Daniels on Campus
Friday, September 17, 2010
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels gave a brief report Thursday (Sept. 16) to some of shareholders, or taxpayers, at Indiana University South Bend. This particular bunch of taxpayers were business students and invited guests. The governor spoke as part of the Leading in the 21st Century Speaker series for the School of Business and Economics.
Daniels detailed his nearly six years in office and his work on government budget cuts, creating a good business climate and adding private sector jobs. In addition to answering questions about business practices, he also fielded questions about running for president.
As for running, he said, he never ran before this and he has no plans to run for the presidency and he doesn’t go to places where many candidates go, such as Iowa. However no final decision has been made yet.
The governor spoke on Indiana placing in the top five of one listing for welcoming businesses. People ask him how he has turned the state around and he said, “Be prepared to be bedazzled. We spent less than we took in.” And he said he did that without raising taxes.
When he was elected, he met with 60 or so people who were joining his administration to talk about the vision for Indiana. The goal, he said, was to keep as much money in your pocket as was possible. He said Indiana made cuts, improved the way state does business and improved the business climate. “And once you do it right, raise the bar” such as with serving customers at the Bureau of Motor Vehicle. Service times have dropped over the years, so it is time to get people through even faster.
Daniels said a government cannot keep operating by borrowing. “No one wants to take advantage of our children and grandchildren.” He added that he believes it is a survival issue for the country to be put on the right track and that some of the contemptuous social issues need to put on the back burner in order to solve the economy.
“I’m an optimist. I believe these problems aren’t impossible to solve.” What is need is a “whole lot of people to think like this and keep the American experience alive,” he said.