The ambition of any governor should be to turn over to their successor a state that is in far better shape than the one they took over.
In that respect, Mitch Daniels can say “mission accomplished” as he prepares to turn over the reins of power to Gov.-elect Mike Pence.
There is no question that Indiana’s fiscal condition is vastly improved over what it was eight years ago.
What is truly remarkable about that statement of fact is that the status was achieved despite a worldwide recession from which many states headed by Daniels’ peers are still trying to recover.
Daniels brought the portfolio of a businessman to the political office he won from Democrats in 2004. He followed business practices in trying to bring the state’s accounting books back into order and establish precedents that would streamline the delivery of services to his constituents.
There were bumps along the road and some out-and-out failures that proved tremendously embarrassing at the time, but Daniels proved not only resilient but willing to adapt and change directions when needed.
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