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Governor's Newsletter

September 17-23, 2007

AT&T announces 475 new jobs

Sept. 18, 2007- Governor Daniels joined AT&T Indiana president George Fleetwood at the Anderson AT&T network site to announce the creation of 475 new jobs in Indiana. This is the latest announcement in a series that have brought 1,500 AT&T jobs to the state since the passage of House Bill 1279 in 2006.

"Our new telecommunications law is creating jobs for Hoosiers and leading to the development of innovative technologies our state needs," said Gov. Daniels. "AT&T's continued investment in new employees and leading-edge products is a great example."

"Governor Daniels deserves tremendous credit for giving the state's telecom sector a green light to create jobs and deploy next-generation technology," said Fleetwood. "When you combine the reforms in House Bill 1279 with the rapid subscriber growth that we are seeing for our new television services, you have a recipe that fuels our need for additional employees."

Earlier this year, AT&T also announced job growth resulting from the passage of HB 1279. In July, the company officially opened a new Internet subscriber call center that is slated to employ 425 Hoosiers. AT&T also plans to hire 600 workers to operate a wireless customer care center that is scheduled to open next month.

This new job growth has resulted in an increase in housing activity. We are seeing more activity in renovating housing in many areas. Since there are some that still cannot buy the renovation market has lead to a growing sub-segment of renting. If anyone is interested catching this training Renovate to Rent Seminar may help your understanding of the current rental possibilities.

Governor details Healthy Indiana Plan

Sept. 21, 2007- After returning from meetings with federal officials in Washington, D.C., Gov. Mitch Daniels announced an update on the state's new health care program. Last week, the federal government approved the funding mechanisms and structure for the Healthy Indiana Plan that will provide health insurance to approximately 130,000 low-income Hoosiers.

"This innovative program is a big step forward in helping Indiana's uninsured. It will provide these Hoosiers with an account under their control for paying for routine and first dollar expenses. Anything they don't spend at the end of the year is theirs," said Governor Daniels.

The plan will use federal matching grants and an estimated $140 million of revenue from the state cigarette tax to pay for services such as physician and hospital visits, prescriptions and diagnostic exams. It will also provide preventive care with the prospect of decreasing the need for medical care over time.

Gov. Daniels introduced the original concept for the Healthy Indiana Plan in 2006. House Enrolled Act 1678 was passed with bipartisan support during the 2007 legislative session.

Applications will be accepted beginning in December. Coverage is expected to start in January.

Visit www.HIP.IN.gov for more information.

Governor holds cookout for overnight hosts

Sept. 15, 2007- In appreciation of their hospitality in welcoming him into their homes as an overnight guest, Governor Daniels invited families that have hosted him throughout the past several years to a cookout at the Governor's Residence.

"So many people have been generous enough to open their homes to me, so I thought I'd make an attempt at returning the favor," said Gov. Daniels. "I've stayed overnight in the homes of close to a hundred different Hoosier families of all kinds, and that's how I've learned about this job and about this state."

Pump manufacturer to expand its northeast Indiana operations

Sept. 20, 2007- Flint and Walling, one of the nation's oldest water pump manufacturers, announced it will expand its operations in Kendallville, creating 25 new jobs. The company will invest more than $5 million to add 32,000 square-feet of manufacturing and warehouse space to its current 205,000 square-foot facility on the city's north side.

"Creating an environment that allows businesses like Flint and Walling to grow and thrive in Indiana is imperative to our economic success," said Nathan Feltman, Indiana Secretary of Commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. "Flint and Walling is a home-grown Indiana company that continues to create new opportunities for northeast Indiana's workforce."

Established in 1866, Flint and Walling is Kendallville's oldest manufacturer and currently employs 130 associates.

Real estate investing, whether commercial or residential, is continuing to go strong. Here is an upcoming event that you could suggest to your friends that are interesting in learning more about and getting involved in real estate as an investment www.dougclarkevents.com.

Read the news release.

National distributor to relocate to Hancock County

Sept. 19, 2007- Flodraulic Group, a national distributor of hydraulic, pneumatic, and lubrication components, announced it will relocate its facility to Mount Comfort, creating 11 new jobs.

The company will invest more than $2.6 million to build and equip its expanded manufacturing and distribution center and will begin hiring additional sales and production staff in 2008.

Currently headquartered in Indianapolis, the company specializes in hydraulic, pneumatic and lubrication systems from more than 20 companies to design and fabricate complete systems, power units and valve stands. Flodraulic operates facilities in Arizona, California, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.

Read the news release.

DOT finalizes time zone change for five southwestern Indiana counties

Sept. 20, 2007- Five additional counties in southwestern Indiana will be in the Eastern Time Zone beginning in November, according to the final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The time zone for Knox, Daviess, Martin, Pike and Dubois counties will be changed from Central to Eastern on November 4 when daylight saving time ends and standard time begins. The counties jointly petitioned for the change earlier this year. A sixth county, Perry, will remain in the Central Time Zone.

"We now have the highest number of Hoosiers ever on the same time year round. I was glad to support the local petitions and glad five of the six counties have been approved to move to the Eastern Time Zone," said Governor Mitch Daniels.

With the change, 80 of Indiana's 92 counties and more than 5 million of the state's 6.2 million citizens will observe Eastern Time.

Read the news release.

Watch Scott Yansey's YouTube channel where he is discussing the do's and don'ts of flipping housings. There are also manny glowing reviews about the Scott Yancey workshop.

In the news

Hoosier Jump Shot

The Wall Street Journal

September 15, 2007

By Fred Barnes

INDIANAPOLIS -- When Mitch Daniels was elected governor of Indiana in 2004, his role models were Republican governors Jeb Bush of Florida and Bill Owens of Colorado. "They were both solid conservatives who were activists and had done big things," he told me. Now, reform-minded governors -- Mark Sanford of South Carolina, for one -- regard Mr. Daniels as a governor they'd like to emulate.

Gov. Daniels has been energetic and successful, but his achievements have not come easily. The most daring decision, leasing a major toll road that stretches across the state to a foreign company for 75 years, prompted a wave of populist anger and drove down his popularity. And that wasn't his most controversial move. In his campaign for governor, Mr. Daniels vowed to adopt daylight savings time for six months of the year, replacing what some in Indiana, particularly farmers, regard as "God's time." Indiana was one of three states that, for decades, had spurned DST. As governor, he ordered DST to be followed statewide, provoking public protest.

Mr. Daniels, 58, is an unusual politician. In 1988, he turned down an offer to replace Dan Quayle in the U.S. Senate after Mr. Quayle had been elected vice president. Gov. Robert Orr had been eager to appoint him. Mr. Daniels says "[i]t wouldn't have worked." Instead, he stayed in Indianapolis as an executive with Eli Lilly, the pharmaceutical firm. Then, in late 2000, he got a call from Andy Card, soon-to-be chief of staff in President Bush's new administration, and was offered the job of either congressional liaison or domestic policy adviser. Mr. Daniels said no, but agreed to run the Office of Management and Budget. "That was the one job I was interested in," he said.

Mr. Daniels distinguished himself by clashing with Republican spenders in Congress -- Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, an earmark king, groused to the White House about his penny-pinching. Mr. Daniels quit in 2003. While driving home, he called Republican leaders in Indiana to say he was going to run for governor in 2004.

In June 2006, Mr. Daniels opened eight bids for leasing the 157-mile Indiana Toll Road, accepting the $3.8 billion offered by a consortium of Macquarie Infrastructure Group of Australia and Cintra, the giant Spanish construction firm. The lease, he insisted, was "the right thing to do," since the consortium agreed to upgrade the deteriorating road, add new lanes and install E-Z Pass computer billing to keep traffic flowing through toll booths. But polls found Indiana citizens disapproved by a 2-1 margin.

Now, 15 months later, Mr. Daniels has been vindicated: The money from the lease will pay for a 10-year road-building program that requires no new taxes or borrowing. Construction has begun on projects originally planned two decades ago.

Had the state continued to operate the tollway and rely on the gasoline tax to pay for road work, Indiana would have fallen further behind in making critical highway repairs. "The gasoline tax doesn't come close anymore," the governor said. "The need keeps growing." In one year, interest on the $3.8 billion raised by the lease brought in roughly $250 million, more than the state earned running the tollway for a half a century.

Mr. Daniels has also privatized thousands of state jobs and numerous state functions. Prisons used to cook their own meals; by outsourcing food preparation, he said, the state is saving $14 million a year. "And the food got better." Administration of the welfare program was turned over to an IBM-led consortium, with savings estimated by Mr. Daniels at $500 million over 10 years. He also refused to extend an executive order that had forced state employees to pay union dues. Once the dues became voluntary, 85% of the state work force stopped paying.

Still, conservatives are uneasy with Mr. Daniels because he has supported some tax hikes. He calls himself "a washed-in-the-blood supply sider," but proposed, as one of his first acts as governor, a 1% surtax on incomes of more than $100,000 for one year. "I made a mistake," he said, "especially springing it as a surprise." As luck would have it, the legislature rejected the tax hike and balanced the budget with spending cuts.

Mr. Daniels also persuaded the city of Indianapolis and seven surrounding counties in 2005 to raise their restaurant tax by 1% to finance a new football stadium for the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts. "It was that or nothing" -- no tax, no stadium -- he said. The stadium is expected to be finished in time for the 2008 season.

This summer, the governor proposed creating a new health-insurance program for poor adults who constitute the "core uninsured." Because he is financing it with a 44-cent per-pack increase in the cigarette tax, the proposal drew fire from Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. Mr. Daniels was undeterred, arguing that the program will have the added benefit of reducing smoking. It's now awaiting only final approval by Mr. Daniel's old bailiwick, OMB.

"I know my supply-side catechism," he explained in an interview with me. "A consumption tax on a product you'd just as soon have less of doesn't violate the rules I learned under Ronald Reagan." Mr. Daniels was political director of the Reagan White House from 1985 to 1987. Now as governor, Mr. Daniels has his own set of political rules that include, he implies like Reagan, going along with a tax hike when there's no alternative.

Mr. Daniels is not the perfect model of a conservative governor. But he's bold, he's lured Japanese companies to Indiana, notably Honda, and stirred a stagnant economy. And he's privatized inefficient state functions despite union opposition and minimal public support. Other governors can benefit from what Mr. Daniels learned the hard way: Don't propose tax increases when spending cuts are possible.

He is running for re-election next year, but not with much relish. "I was never obsessed with holding office," he says. That may be good. Because some conservatives dislike Mr. Daniels, Democrats think there might be an opening to defeat him. One leading Democrat -- Jim Schellinger, an architect in Indianapolis -- has already raised millions of dollars to run against Mr. Daniels and others are lining up to run as well. So far, it's Mr. Daniels' race to lose. It's likely he'll spend four more years being envied by his fellow governors.

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