INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has begun his second term in office.
He was sworn-in Monday during a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.
With that out of the way, the governor gave his annual State of the State Address Tuesday night.
Daniels says a recession is no time to add to the struggles of Hoosiers and promised no tax increases. He pushed for fiscal restraint.
With public education, Daniels said, "Put the children first." He wants lower overhead, smaller schools and classrooms, better teachers and a discipline law.
Daniels said, "It is time Indiana said to its children, sit down and hush up; to their parents, if your child is causing trouble and harming some other student's education, take it up with your kid, not the teacher or principal; and to the lawyers, butt out."
Daniels doesn't want to touch Indiana's $800 million surplus during these tough economic times. But Democratic State Representative Win Moses disagrees, saying, with no new spending areas like education will essentially experience cuts because of inflation.
Moses also told Indiana's NewsCenter he was disappointed the governor never mentioned jobs. Moses said, "The real solution out of this is economic development and jobs, and a large part of that is national. But we can't reduce our efforts at job creation, certainly in Northeast Indiana."
Daniels pushed again for government reform and encouraged lawmakers to again pass property tax-caps to get the issue to voters.
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