[r90] Perfect Opportunity to Streamline Government (10/8/2009)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Start Date: 10/8/2009 All Day
End Date: 10/8/2009
STATEHOUSE - Indiana's fiscal situation would be much worse if not for House Republicans' resolve and tenacity during budget negotiations.

Gov. Mitch Daniels, in the September revenue report, announced Indiana missed projected revenues by $165.8 million. In the first three months of fiscal year 2010, Indiana has missed projections by $254.1 million.

"If these revenue figures continue to drop Indiana will need to cut spending to the bone," said Rep. Mike Murphy (R - Indianapolis). "This is the perfect opportunity to look for ways to eliminate entire functions of state government.

"It's time for state government to step back and reflect on what services need to be provided and what can be eliminated permanently."

During both the regular session and the special session Rep. Murphy introduced constitutional amendments to limit state spending permanently. Neither resolution was given a vote by current House leadership.

During budget negotiations in the special session, House Republicans remained true to the principles they announced in January, at the beginning of the regular session - no general tax increases, a healthy state reserve and no cuts for education or public safety.