For immediate release: Apr 24, 2007
Posted by: [GOV]
Contact: Jane Jankowski
Phone: 317/232.1622

Governor signs two Senate bills

INDIANAPOLIS (April 24, 2007) - Governor Mitch Daniels today signed SB 401, which provides a pay raise for legislators and statewide office holders beginning in 2009, and SB 501, which provides for retirement medical benefit contributions for state employees.

"It would have been best to deal with these bills after action on more important matters, but under the law they must be signed or vetoed today. All things considered, and in the interest of bipartisan cooperation, I have decided these bills are acceptable: one pay increase in 22 years is not excessive, for example," said Daniels. "But now let's see equally decisive action on items of major importance to all Hoosiers, especially taxpayers, school children, and vulnerable Hoosiers. That means an honestly balanced budget, property tax relief, full-day kindergarten, and a health care plan to help the uninsured and reduce the second highest rate of smoking in the America."

SB 401 increases salaries for lawmakers and statewide elected officials beginning in 2009. SB 501 establishes a retirement medical benefits account for state employees of all three branches of government as well as elected and appointed officers.

Daniels said that should he be governor when the plan takes effect in 2009, he will either decline the increase proposed for the governor or donate the increment to charity.

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