Daniels, though, defended his decisions to push the state into frugal spending, saying it has put Indiana in a position of being one of the few states that hasn't engaged in deep deficit spending. He made reference to the neighboring state of Illinois, which currently has a $43 billion budget deficit.
"We made a different choice, and I think it was the right one," he said.
Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at email@example.com.