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"Right-to-Work" Passions Linger as Daniels Holds Jeffersonville Town Hall

Indiana's recently-passed “right-to-work” bill was still on the minds of many Jeffersonville residents when Governor Mitch Daniels visited this evening for a town hall meeting and book signing at the public library. About two dozen union protestors stood outside the library holding signs during Daniels’ talk, which was briefly disrupted by chants that could be heard through a nearby window.During a question and answer session, Daniels defended the Republican-led legislation, which he says will spur job growth. Labor unions say it will drive down wages and diminish work quality.On another matter, Daniels said he’s comfortable with his decision not to run for president."Having been through this for quite a long time, it’s kind of funny to me that you should have to explain why you don’t want to run for President of the United States. I’m tempted to say ‘what sensible person would want to run for president?’” he said.Daniels decided last year not to seek the GOP nomination after consulting with his family.

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.