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Indiana Dem chairman calls on lottery director to quit

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The head of the Indiana Democratic Party wants the director of the Hoosier Lottery to resign after an admission that it overspent on its new headquarters.

Democrat Chairman Dan Parker criticized Lottery Director Kathryn Densborn on Thursday for spending more than $25,000 on a workout room while the economy "is in shambles."

Lottery officials aren't commenting on his remarks.

Parker's statement came a day after a news conference in which lottery officials acknowledged they did not comply with Department of Administration requirements in moving to a 35,000-square-foot office.

Gov. Mitch Daniels' spokeswoman, Jane Jankowski, told The Associated Press that the Department of Administration is working with the lottery to make sure it's in compliance with standards. She also says the lottery's move will save money overall.

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  • Fair business practices.
    I concur with your post. Further, the Lottery is in the business of making a profit, which we all know it does, its a business and a business should be entitled to spend its monies for improvements including a health facility (makes for a very good work environment).
  • Shut Up Dan
    Democrat Chairman Dan Parker should shut up. Lottery Director Kathryn Densborn did not spend too much on the headquarters. $25,000 is nothing for a nice gym and it encourages HEALTHY EMPLOYEES. The money spent on office furniture is not out of line. The lottery is a more upbeat atmosphere than "government" offices. It promotes the lottery. Give it a rest DAN!!!!
    • Entrust public officials
      The lottery leadership hit a ball through the clubhouse window and drove a golf cart into a pond - yes ban them from the course for life!
    • was it in the budget?
      I do not see a big deal, was it in the budget? DOes the lottery commission report to a board?
      Just because someone hits off of the fairway doesnt mean you pull them of the course and ban them from golf. Give them a penalty stroke and move on. Dont give in Densborn
    • Parker weighing in?
      1. Densborn made a big error and I would not mind seeing her leave.
      2. I am glad Dan Parker chimed in with the same thoughtful analysis he put to Monroe Gray, most Northwest Indiana policitians, etc.

      I hold similar disdain for GOP Party leaders.
    • C'mon Man
      How stupid are we? Who owns this building, and has the owner given money to the gov or his party. Finally, the long term savings is predicated on leasing the old office, how realistic is this expectation?

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