Republicans Have The Power In Indiana

By Scott Sarvay

November 3, 2010 Updated Nov 3, 2010 at 6:12 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana's NewsCenter) - It will be a different political landscape at the State House.

Republicans now have a majority in the Indiana House and a “super majority” in the state Senate.

The victories give Republicans at least 36 seats in the Senate, enough to deliver a quorum to conduct business without a single Democrat. The GOP will control at least 58 seats in the House.

The unified control gives Republicans the power to redraw Congressional and General Assembly district lines next year. GOP Governor Mitch Daniels will also find allies for his call to rein in state spending even further.

And also at the State House the Senate Republicans re-elected State Senator David Long of Fort Wayne as their choice for Senate President Pro-Tem.

State Senator Jim Merritt of Indianapolis will also retain his position as Majority Caucus Chair.

Governor Mitch Daniels is also seizing the political moment and will meet with reporters on Thursday to lay out his goals for the 2011 legislative session.

Lawmakers will be asked to settle on a new two year spending plan amid a continuing tight funding situation.

Research Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute has suggested lawmakers will need to seriously consider tax increases to make up anticipated shortfalls. Something the Governor has said he doesn't want to do.

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