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Governor Daniels Pushing For Balanced Budget

Last updated on Tuesday, November 11, 2008

(UNDATED) - Governor Mitch Daniels says he will push state lawmakers to maintain a balanced budget while also shrinking local government during his last term in office.

Resistance is expected to be stiff from local government officials who don't want to lose their jobs.

Daniels is expected to back recommendations made by the state commission on local government reform.

The commission's recommendations would cut the number of the state's elected officials by more than half, to 5,171 from 11,012.

Some of the key recommendations include: replacing county commissioners with a single county executive.

Replacing most county elected officials, including sheriffs, with appointees.

Eliminating township government.

Consolidating school districts so none has fewer than 2,000 students.

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