Gov. Mitch Daniels recapped the highlights of his terms in as during his speech at the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce’s August luncheon at the Mansion at Oak Hill.
Of his achievements, Daniels said he is proud that 55.4 percent of the general fund is dedicated to children – the most of any state. Daniels said that portion of the budget is used on public safety and education, which has seen a 7 percent increase on ISTEP+ scores since 2007 and a 10 percent rise in the high school graduation rate.
During his tenure, Daniels slowed the growth of spending to 1.32 percent – half of the rate of inflation.
“Only a couple of states are more thrifty than we are,” he said. “Government always has a tendency to get too big for its britches, we need to keep government in that sphere and be as good as it can be.”
Indiana has also had a 46 percent state debt reduction in the past eight years and currently has the third lowest debt per capita. The state also has a AAA bond rating for the first time in its history.
Daniels also joked about his next job after his term ends.
“A lot of people in the state thought I should be institutionalized for a long time. . . and they got their wish,” he said. “I’m looking forward to telling Kentucky jokes (again). I learned in this job (as governor) I had to stop, which is a shame.”