Governor Mitch Daniels was in Bloomington today addressing the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. While the governor spoke, dozens protested outside.
While Daniels spoke to local business leaders about Indiana’s economic prosperity, demonstrators marched on the sidewalk, outside of the Bloomington Convention center.
According to Chris Doran of the I-69 Accountability Project, the highway will actually hurt Indiana financially.
“Only half of the highway has been approved,” he said. “Very little of it has been constructed. Clearly what INDOT is doing is building small segments, they do not have the money, they have not articulated where the money is coming from, they have only articulated $700 million from the initial Major Moves money and the rest will come out of traditional revenue sources.”
While the protesters claim the I-69 project is over budget, Daniel’s said quite the opposite.
“As I mentioned here today,” Daniels said, “its under budget, its ahead of schedule, its being built at a good time.”
The governor touted Indiana economic success, but said K-12 education in the state is still lacking. Daniels blames teacher unions for the retention of ineffective teachers.