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Daniels: Schools Could Face More Cuts Unless Economy Improves

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says he's focused on preserving the Hoosier State's fiscal solvency from now until the next General Assembly writes a new two-year budget.Daniels says Indiana is on track to exhaust its $1 billion budget surplus by the end of the current budget cycle in June of next year, but is in better fiscal condition that most other states.The Indiana General Assembly's 30-day session adjourned Friday, and Daniels says he doesn't anticipate any vetoes."At the present time i think it's doubtful that I will (veto any bills), but a lot of things happen at theend as they often do so I don't know what might be in the pile somewhere," Daniels said Monday.Daniels commended lawmakers for passing legislation that cracks down on parents who owe child support and on school districts that allow the advancement of school children who are not academically qualifed to move forward.He also cautioned that public schools will face an "extraordinarily difficult" budget next year unless the national economy shows significant improvement.

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