Legislators Weigh In on Session/Plans of Daniels, Pence

By Ryan Elijah

May 3, 2011 Updated May 3, 2011 at 12:51 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Local elected officials discussed the current legislative session with area business leaders this morning.

Senate President Pro-Tem David Long called the session a "grand slam", in which Republicans accomplished everything they set out to do.

He specifically focused on education reform and the balanced budget. He feels the education legislation sets Indiana apart as a leader among other states.

This session will be remembered for the Democrats walkout, something that will be much more costly for either party in the future, after the new law that was passed.

We asked a number of elected officials about their thoughts on the future decisions of both Congressman Mike Pence and Governor Mitch Daniels.

Most of them believe that both will run, but say you never know in politics.

Long said the Governor's reputation as a "fiscal conservative" would play well in what's not considered to be a strong Republican field right now.

He said Daniels has kept his plans close to the vest, but would need to make a decision soon. Long expects Pence to run for Governor.

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