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Daniels "Excited" About Full-Day Kindergarten Passage

Last updated on Tuesday, March 13, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Gov. Mitch Daniels said Monday that his last legislative session as governor was a good one, although lawmakers didn’t pass a few items on his agenda.
Daniels said he’s particularly pleased that full-day kindergarten will soon be available to any child whose parents want it.

Full-day kindergarten has been on Daniels' priority list for several years, but the state didn't have the money to do until now, the governor said.

"We'll be spending $160 million, more or less, to make sure that full-day kindergarten's available in every district in Indiana," Daniels said. "It's been a long march over these last few years, but we are really pleased and excited that we were able to do this."
Daniels also hailed the passage of the right-to-work bill, the partial smoking ban and additional compensation for the victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse and their families.

Daniels said he wasn't pleased with the failure of township consolidation efforts, criminal sentencing reform and mass transit.

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