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Governor Mitch Daniels highlighted the passage of Right-to-work and full day kindergarten as two key achievements of the 2012 legislative session. He did so at a statehouse press conference this morning. But some Democratic leaders say the General Assembly failed to address the state’s biggest issues.
Governor Daniels, along with Republican legislative leaders, made Right-to-work their top priority for the 2012 session, and Daniels says Indiana is already beginning to see the benefit of the controversial legislation.
“We’ve already signed new agreements with three companies – one announced and two to come soon,” Daniels says. ”There are 31 companies as of Friday night now in negotiation roles who have identified Right-to-work as a major, if not the major factor in their interest in Indiana.”
But House Minority Leader Pat Bauer says the jobs Right-to-work will bring are low-paying and without healthcare benefits, and he says republicans ignored the biggest issues facing the state, like quality job creation, protecting children and providing tax breaks to the Hoosiers who need them most.
Bauer says Daniels came into office as pro-big business and is leaving the same way.
“I think he failed the great majority and helped the wealthier people of this state,” Bauer says.
Bauer says passing the smoking ban – an issue Daniels trumpeted – is an achievement of the session.