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Daniels says Indiana will seek new stimulus money

August 25, 2010

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he will ask the federal government to send the state more than $435 million in additional stimulus money for schools and Medicaid.

Daniels had publicly criticized the newly approved $26 billion stimulus package, which would steer about $227 million to Indiana for Medicaid and $207 million for education.

Increasing federal help for states amounts to “asking the citizens of responsible states like ours to subsidize those places who have been more reckless,” Daniels said, according to a Bloomberg News story published by IBJ earlier this month.

Federal officials said last week that governors must ask for the Medicaid money to get it, which put Daniels and some other governors in a tough spot because they had criticized the new round of stimulus dollars.

Daniels said Tuesday during a stop near Corydon that he still questions whether the stimulus package is wise. But he said Congress has already acted, so Indiana will seek the money.

 

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