Mitch Daniels

Keeping passenger rail service going on the Hoosier State Line will be a costly effort. That’s the finding of a cost-benefit analysis the Indiana Department of Transportation commissioned.

Federal funding for the Amtrak service between Chicago and Indianapolis ends next week.

A cost-benefit analysis looks at eliminating the line, keeping it as is, and four different improvement scenarios.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels says for the United States to prosper, spending on entitlements must be reined in soon. He was one of several people who spoke at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation event Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

The forum looked at the costs and impacts of entitlement programs on future generations, and possible reforms and solutions available. 

Daniels says government spending on Social Security and Medicare leaves less money for such things as university research, which in turn hurts the national economy.

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After roughly two-and-a-half years of construction work, the new stretch of U.S. 231 in Tippecanoe County is complete. The Indiana Department of Transportation expects it to open for traffic at 6 p.m. Friday. Officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels, who helped initiated the project when he was governor, says besides better a better traffic pattern, it will save lives.

Purdue's Department of History gets $6M donation

Sep 11, 2013

A historic gift – that’s what administrators in Purdue’s Department of History are calling a $6 million donation.

Anonymous donors are giving $3 million. The university is matching that with an additional $3 million. The money will fund two new professor positions – one teaching the history of science and the other focusing on the history of medicine.

Department head Doug Hurt says those subjects will bolster what they already offer.

Purdue initiatives

Sep 10, 2013
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Purdue President Mitch Daniels is promoting ten things to make the university better. Those are based on its current strengths. More investment in the College of Engineering, bolstering computer science, and transforming the College of Technology into the Purdue Polytechnic Institute are some of the targets.

Daniels says the new institute will allow students to do more experiential learning.

Conversation with Purdue's president for August

Aug 28, 2013
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Saying Purdue President Mitch Daniels has exceeded their expectations; the board of trustees have approved paying him nearly half of his incentive pay.

Daniels earns a base salary of $420,000 and is eligible for another $126,000 for performance.

Newly elected Board Chairman Tom Spurgeon says the additional $58,153 he earned is for his first six months as president. He says the justification was for the relationships Daniels made with faculty and opportunities for change he identified.

Purdue trustees approve health plan changes

Jul 19, 2013

Purdue employees will have a little more than three months to figure out their health care options for next year.

The Board of Trustees approved three new plan options – a PPO and two high-deductible plans with health savings accounts. As an incentive to get more employees into those consumer-driven plans, the university will contribute money to their health savings account.

President Mitch Daniels says he uses one as a university employee and thinks that’s the best option for keeping costs down.

Daniels calls AP story "utter distortion"

Jul 17, 2013
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The president of Purdue disagrees with an Associated Press article written about him during the time he was governor. Mitch Daniels calls the story erroneous and unfair.

The A.P. reports on an email exchange in February of 2010 that shows Daniels requested banning historian Howard Zinn’s writings from classrooms. The story also includes emails from 2009 regarding an IUPUI professor who was a critic of Daniels.

The Associated Press is reporting that when Purdue President Mitch Daniels was governor, he took rare steps to eliminate what he considered liberal breeding grounds at Indiana’s public universities.

The email exchange in February of 2010 shows Daniels requested that historian Howard Zinn’s writings be banned from classrooms and that he asked for a “cleanup” of college courses he called “propaganda.”

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