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Daniels Concerned About GOP Budget Plan

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says a state budget plan crafted this week by state Senate Republicans spends too much and relies too much on federal stimulus money.                            

The two-year plan that cleared the GOP-led Senate Appropriations Commiteee Thursday spends about $2 billion in stimulus funds, much of it on education.                             Daniels, who's also a Republican, says he has many concerns about the budget, but the stimulus element is the most troubling."I have strong views but i'm prepared to set many of those, or perhaps all of those aside, in pursuit of the main goal, which is to protect education and vital services two years from now, and to protect taxpayers," Daniels said FridayThe budget has been sent to the full Senate for consideration.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.