Governor Daniels Wants To Cut Unemployment Benefits

By Scott Sarvay
By John W. Davis

November 4, 2010 Updated Nov 4, 2010 at 5:38 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Governor Mitch Daniels has started outlining his goals for the General Assembly's session next year.

Governor Daniels said that his top priorities are a balanced budget, K- 12 education, local government reform and a fair redistricting plan.

Daniels says that while the outline is very ambitious it’s for a more positive change in Indiana.

"There'll have to be a change. We can't continue with some of the lowest premiums and the highest benefits in America. And that's why the system was leaking money when the econ... when we were at full employment. And it's leaked a lot of money since we have high unemployment. So, yes, we're gonna... it's gonna have to change from both ends," said Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.

Daniels did not reveal how much he is looking to cut.

Daniels said he will have more details over the next several weeks.

However, House Democratic Leader Pat Bauer speculated that it would be as much as fifty percent.

Bauer said that would be disastrous.

Indiana's NewsCenter has learned unemployed worker can receive up to 415 dollars a week.

Although only 390 dollars comes from Indiana.

Therefore with the Governor's 2011 plan, unemployed Hoosiers would only receive up to a little more than 200 dollars a week.

Here are the governor's legislative priorities in more detail:

Protect taxpayers

*Pass a balanced budget without a general tax increase.
*Enact a straightforward state government-spending cap in the form of an automatic taxpayer refund.

Put students first and strengthen local flexibility

*Evaluate teachers on student learning so we can pay our best teachers more.
*Hold schools accountable for student learning while giving them the flexibility to deliver better results under local control.
*Provide more quality options so parents can make informed decisions.

Reward and protect our best state employees

*Protect the paycheck of every state employee by prohibiting mandatory dues payments.
*Require annual state employee performance reviews so we can identify the best performers.
*Update and streamline the state employee classification system so we can pay our best performers more.

Improve transparency and efficiency of local government

Eliminate nepotism and conflict of interest in local government
Abolish township boards and other outdated layers of government

Broaden public-private partnerships (P3) for public infrastructure

*Free state government to enlist the private sector as a partner in building new roads, bridges, and other infrastructure.

Develop a fair redistricting plan

*Redraw Indiana's political districts on the basis of logical geographic and community boundaries.

Tackle the imbalance in the unemployment insurance trust fund

*Pass a bill that brings premiums and benefits in balance

Address issues in Indiana's sentencing laws

*Develop a comprehensive sentencing reform package that incarcerates all dangerous criminals while managing non-dangerous offenders in more cost-effective ways.

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