After already breaking the state’s record for job commitments in 2012, nine more companies have pledged to create more than 2,500 jobs over the new few years in locations around Indiana.
A recent New York Times report, cited by Indiana Economic Development Corporation CEO Dan Hasler during Tuesday’s announcement, showed Indiana offering the lowest economic and tax incentives to incoming businesses compared to neighboring states. Hasler says Indiana wants to focus more on improving its overall business climate.
The transition from Governor Mitch Daniels to Governor-elect Mike Pence is underway as Pence has begun to assemble his transition team.
Daniels says his administration is eager to help make the transition a smooth one, allowing the new one to hit the ground running. Pence began the process by naming his long-time congressional chief of staff Bill Smith head of the transition team.
Pence praised the Daniels team and says his transition will be committed to continuity.
As Governor Mitch Daniels viewed his official portrait Tuesday, he told those gathered he hopes the accomplishments of his administration will far outlast Hoosiers’ memory of him.
The portrait shows Daniels standing in his office, without a suit coat, leaning against a chair and holding a pen in his hand.
Lafayette native Richard Halstead, one of 43 applicants, was commissioned by the Indiana State Museum to paint it. Halstead says Daniels had only one request – that the painting not be artificial or unnatural.
Through the first quarter of the fiscal year, state revenues remain well ahead of the most recent forecast. And Governor Mitch Daniels says Indiana could be headed for another surplus.
The state collected $23 million more than anticipated last month, nearly 2% ahead of projections. And through September, total revenue collected this fiscal year has increased more than 5%. The last fiscal year ended with a surplus in excess of $700 million, triggering the state’s automatic taxpayer refund.
Daniels says the state is ahead of where it needs to be for another big year.
The Honorable Rudolph "Rudy" Pyle, a circuit court judge, will replace outgoing Judge Carr Darden. Governor Mitch Daniels appointed the former deputy prosecutor to the circuit court in 2009. Daniels says it’s the first time in state history a former state trooper has sat on either the state Appeals or Supreme Court.
Pyle says being a former state trooper gives him an additional perspective on the bench.
Indiana collected $159 million more in revenue in April than expected.
Total revenue collections last month represent an increase of more than 25% versus the same month a year ago.
Governor Daniels says a major reason for that dramatic increase is greater efficiency within the Department of Revenue. The department processed significantly more tax returns last month than it ever had before, which led in part to the higher-than-expected revenue.
Daniels says, as a result, May’s figures might be a little lower than forecast, but he’s pleased.
Intoxicated minors will be free to seek medical attention for others who have drunk too much without fear of being charged for underage drinking under a new law signed by Governor Mitch Daniels Friday.
The Indiana Lifeline Law provides immunity from charges of public intoxication and possession, consumption and transportation of alcohol by minors if those people are discovered to have been drinking only after medical attention is sought for someone who’s had too much to drink.