UPDATE: Daniels places Litebox rollout on his 'Oops List'

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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is placing his early endorsement of a company that plans to make giant mobile LED screens on a list of mistakes he keeps in his office.

While talking with reporters in his Statehouse office Thursday, Daniels walked over to his desk and pulled out a notepad detailing mistakes he has made during his time in office. Looking over the "Oops List," he picked the deal to provide state aid to Litebox for its plans to build in central Indiana.

The company created by Bob Yanagihara would receive economic development aid to build massive screens rising out of tractor trailers if it delivers the promised jobs.

Daniels and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard touted Litebox's plans to bring more than 1,000 jobs to central Indiana in an October news conference. But news reports later uncovered Yanagihara's financial troubles in California and problems with his Indiana business plan.

"I went to an event, that in retrospect I probably would have waited longer to see" if it worked, Daniels said Thursday.

The governor noted that the state is not on the hook for any money if Yanagihara does not follow through with his promised jobs. 

On Friday, Daniels spokeswoman Jane Jankowski said the governor still supports the project. He said his concerns were only about publicly endorsing the project before it had shown any results.


  • It is all a joke
    Ha,ha,ha, Mitch this is all a joke to you. You have money from IPL, and Lilly, we the people pay to make you and your friends happy and wealthy. Your smirk and bad joke with regard to the 320mill makes me sick. You have created lots of jobs in your own mind, but not in reality. You have a "beautiful mind".
  • Oops List
    All local politicians should add Carbon Motors to their "Oops List". This is a dead end for many reasons. If this is a good deal, where is the outside investment? Like Solyndra, it depends on government support to survive.
  • Add Angies List to Governors "Oops List"
    The IPO endorsement and millions in government assistance for Angies List should also make the governors "Oops List".

    Expect the streak of 16 straight years of company & investor losses to reach new heights in 2012 as political/company insiders dump stock options and short sellers swarm the public stock.
    Mitch's list should include: IBM, 320 mill, the utility board, Charlie White, Tom Bales, Tim Durham, and who knows what else. Mitch you have socialized risk and privatized profit. Your "short man" complex has cost the state and the peopld dearly. My sales tax is higher, and the quality of education is lower. I will pay $42.00 per employee to make up for what we owe the Feds. Your idea of oops and my idea of your competance is on the same level.

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