Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Smoking ban, government reform on Daniels' 2012 agenda
The Indianapolis Business Journal ^ | December 16, 2011 | Francesca Jarosz

Posted on 12/17/2011 8:16:34 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he will push for a statewide smoking ban and mild local government reforms in the 2012 legislative session.

Those are among the priorities Daniels, a Republican who will begin his last year in office in January, plans to outline in a noon speech Friday at the downtown Skyline Club for the Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis.

In an interview Thursday, he also hinted that he would support a proposal seeking legislative approval to let voters decide whether to increase local income taxes to expand mass transit in Marion County and surrounding counties.

“My attitude is the same one we’ve had generally—there ought to be local flexibility,” Daniels said.

When asked whether he would endorse Indianapolis-area leaders’ mass-transit plan, which includes raising taxes in Marion and Hamilton counties, the governor replied, “See me tomorrow.”

Daniels was more definitive Thursday in his support for the smoking ban, saying he hopes one “with minimal exceptions” can pass this year. Even if Indianapolis leaders pass a local ban in coming months, Daniels said, a statewide ban also is needed.

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma has said lawmakers may seek passage of such a ban before the Super Bowl in February. Last year, a statewide smoking ban that included several exemptions such as casinos and bars failed after clean-air advocates assailed it as too weak.

Passing sweeping changes to local government—particularly eliminating township government—also has been tough in the past. But, this time, Daniels said he’s optimistic that a few reforms, including clamping down on government nepotism and conflicts of interest, and eliminating township boards—but not the whole system of government—will get traction.

“This is going to have to be continual progress,” he said. “I just hope we can make some this time.”

On Thursday, Daniels also endorsed right-to-work legislation that Republican lawmakers have made the centerpiece of their 2012 priority list.

He said after a year of considering the issue, he’s concluded that becoming a state where unions cannot negotiate contracts requiring non-members to pay dues will make Indiana more economically competitive. He cited feedback from site selectors that at least a quarter of companies won’t eye Indiana for relocation opportunities because of its non-right-to-work status.

Right-to-work opponents say there’s been no proven correlation between a state’s economic success and its right-to-work status. They point out some studies that find lower average wages in right-to-work states.

“Nobody says this is a cure-all. If it was, we’d have tried it at the front end,” Daniels said. “Every year, we try to take steps to make it more affordable [for companies] to hire Hoosiers.”

Last year, Daniels’ top priority was passing sweeping education reforms that included expanding charter-school authorizers; providing vouchers for low-income students to attend private schools and restricting teachers unions' collective bargaining agreements to wages and benefits.

His goal next year is to ensure those reforms get put to use by publicizing options such as charter schools and a program that allows students who complete high school a year early to receive college scholarships.

Daniels’ other past initiatives include putting the state on daylight-saving time, leasing the Indiana Toll Road and privatizing welfare services delivery.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: mitchdaniels; nannystate; pufflist; righttowork; smokingban

1 posted on 12/17/2011 8:16:40 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Leave the people alone, Daniels.


2 posted on 12/17/2011 8:22:25 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Daniels is not the morality king no matter what he thinks.


3 posted on 12/17/2011 8:23:25 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

But republicans told us that Daniels was a conservative


4 posted on 12/17/2011 8:23:50 PM PST by Halfmanhalfamazing ( Media doesn't report, It advertises. So that last advertisement you just read, what was it worth?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Not just a conservative but a libertarian conservative!
Seems a little bit of a nanny state type.


5 posted on 12/17/2011 8:28:27 PM PST by Reily
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Beyond non smoking areas that actually work in places that are family oriented or where children have to go, I see no reason not to take a laissez faire approach to smoking in public. That doesn’t mean I can’t criticize it for the lousy, disgusting, health robbing habit it is, and urge all smokers to quit, but if you must, well here’s an ashtray, now keep the smoke away from the kids.


6 posted on 12/17/2011 8:29:59 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

Was Mitch Daniels ever an actual Republican, or has he always been Democrat-Lite?

Nanny State PING!


7 posted on 12/17/2011 8:30:51 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

How can he support right-to-work laws and support a statewide smoking ban at the same time?


8 posted on 12/17/2011 8:40:57 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gabz

I dunno, but it sound like he’s going to get our (Illinois) jobs, and we’re going to get his smokers.


9 posted on 12/17/2011 8:43:50 PM PST by bigbob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: bigbob

He’s also gonna lose a lot of jobs. Contrary to what the LSM claims, smoking bans do cause job losses, as well as loss of tax revenue because of businesses closing.


10 posted on 12/17/2011 8:53:44 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Great VP choice... this hurts him though


11 posted on 12/17/2011 8:53:54 PM PST by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

So much for Daniels being the conservative that many here on FreeRepublic were pushing for POTUS.


12 posted on 12/17/2011 9:02:22 PM PST by SoConPubbie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gabz
Passing sweeping changes to local government—particularly eliminating township government—also has been tough in the past. But, this time, Daniels said he’s optimistic that a few reforms, including clamping down on government nepotism and conflicts of interest, and eliminating township boards—but not the whole system of government—will get traction.

Sounds downright fascistic.

13 posted on 12/17/2011 9:23:01 PM PST by NeoCaveman (Free TOTUS)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

When all else fails...attack the smokers.

It’s popular...and it’s fun!!


14 posted on 12/17/2011 9:23:49 PM PST by berdie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
During these times of economic crisis, high unemployment and skyrocketing home foreclosures, it's always a good idea to make a "smoking ban" a top priority.

sarc/

15 posted on 12/17/2011 9:35:22 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop BIG Government Greed Now!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

He’s too chicken to address real problems and reform in the State?


16 posted on 12/17/2011 9:44:34 PM PST by SaraJohnson
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he will push for a statewide smoking ban...

Swell. Another Bloomberg style Nanny State creep. I guess his wife told him to do this since she makes all the decisions for him.

17 posted on 12/17/2011 9:58:21 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I hate Tobacco Nazis.


18 posted on 12/17/2011 10:00:19 PM PST by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: freekitty

Like it or not, there are very few private companies that permit smoking on the premises any more. Some may have some smoking rooms, but typically you have to go outside if you wish to smoke.


19 posted on 12/17/2011 10:17:45 PM PST by bwc2221
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: bwc2221
What does a private company's smoking policy have to do with a government dictated policy for private companies?

Don't compare the two.

20 posted on 12/17/2011 10:46:48 PM PST by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
“My attitude is the same one we’ve had generally—there ought to be local flexibility,” Daniels said.

Almost in the same breath he calls for a statewide smoking ban?

Duuuuuh! People actually believe this guy?

21 posted on 12/17/2011 10:58:22 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

If the concern is public health they must regulate homosexual for the same reasons.

If.


22 posted on 12/17/2011 11:31:22 PM PST by NoLibZone (Occupy- Proof we are right - They beg for retrun of morality that the left removed from society.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

FUMD!!


23 posted on 12/18/2011 1:02:21 AM PST by muddler (Chaos is coming.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Nanny Statism is ugly, no matter what the letter is that follows the name of the politician attempting to impose it upon the populace.


24 posted on 12/18/2011 4:34:42 AM PST by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good-Pope Leo XIII)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Cannot believe people were actually claiming that this Statist Liberal Open Borders Globalist was a Conservative

Govt smoking bans work...if you are in the cigarette-butt picking-up industry


25 posted on 12/18/2011 7:59:32 AM PST by RealImmigrant (National Security begins at the Border)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bwc2221

That’s a private company.


26 posted on 12/18/2011 9:00:10 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: HiTech RedNeck

“———now keep the smoke away from the kids.”


Smoking didn’t seem to do much harm to the Boomers who were surrounded by smoke in their childhood. They are an extraordinarily healthy generation.


27 posted on 12/18/2011 4:24:46 PM PST by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Smoking bans are not terribly important in the big picture of statism. Doesn’t rank up there with economic policy or foreign affairs.

But it’s a good litmus test for conservative candidates for higher office. Just like global warming lip service politicians.

If a candidate believes that SHS or AGW junk science will kill us all he/she is either

A. Too stupid to have any power over fellow citizens or
B. They know it’s bogus but believe it serves a gubmint purpose. Which makes them more dangerous than A.


28 posted on 12/19/2011 6:29:51 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer to drink a bunch of them. Stay thirsty my FRiends)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Eric Blair 2084

It’s bigger than you think.

One of the dangerous things about statism is how they wear you down. If you’re hit with 10,000 tiny little regulations, you start to feel surrounded.

By the time the big and egregious things start happening, you’re so worn down already, and already mentally tuned to having state interventionism in your life, that you’re less inclined to resist.

Think of it as a way of training.

Being trained to accept statism is a big, BIG problem.


29 posted on 12/19/2011 7:39:45 PM PST by Halfmanhalfamazing ( Media doesn't report, It advertises. So that last advertisement you just read, what was it worth?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Halfmanhalfamazing

I know. You’re right. It’s called incrementalism.

Statists advertise it when it comes to smoker bans, trans fat, Eco wackos.

Conservatives can learn something from the Statist. Especially when it comes to abortion and killing unborn humans. Boil the frog. Anti smoking activists told us 30 years ago they only wanted some non smoking sections on airplanes. Now look.

Instead of trying to hit a 5 run homer, continue with incremental steps and social engineering.


30 posted on 12/19/2011 8:16:49 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer to drink a bunch of them. Stay thirsty my FRiends)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: bwc2221

“Like it or not, there are very few private companies that permit smoking on the premises any more. Some may have some smoking rooms, but typically you have to go outside if you wish to smoke.”

I see that you are in agreement that the free market is able to decide. I agree with that.


31 posted on 12/20/2011 12:12:47 PM PST by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson