On Wednesday, April 22, at 7 pm, Indiana’s 49th governor, Mitch Daniels, will be Mickey Maurer’s guest on the JCC’s popular live talk show, Mickey’s Corner, at the Arthur M. Glick JCC, 6701 Hoover Road , Indianapolis. This informal interview promises to be extremely entertaining and informative. Mickey has found a few photos and other surprises from the governor’s youth that are certain to generate many laughs and reminiscences. And then there’s the looming question of Mitch Daniels’ run for president in 2012. As one of the top GOP picks, what are the governor’s intentions? Find out all this and more on Wednesday evening.
Audience members are invited to be involved in the discussion by submitting questions for Governor Daniels throughout the show. The event is open to the media.
Cost is $10 for non-members, $5 for JCC members. Registration is available online at www.JCCindy.org, by calling 251-9467 or at the door. Door opens at 6:30 pm. Show begins at 7 pm.
Previous guests on Mickey’s Corner have included screenwriter Angelo Pizzo, Colts All-Pro Center Jeff Saturday, Coach Bob Knight, soprano Sylvia McNair and businesswoman and philanthropist Christel DeHaan.
Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. was elected as the 49th Governor of the State of Indiana in 2004, in his first bid for any elected office.
Governor Daniels came from a successful career in business and government, holding numerous top management positions in both the private and public sectors. His work as CEO of the Hudson Institute and President of Eli Lilly and Company’s North American Pharmaceutical Operations taught him the business skills he brought to state government. He also has served as Chief of Staff to Senator Richard Lugar, Senior Advisor to President Ronald Reagan and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush.
Daniels’ first legislative success created the public-private Indiana Economic Development Corporation to replace a failing state bureaucracy in the mission of attracting new jobs. In each of its first four years of existence, the agency broke all previous records for new jobs in the state, and was associated with more than $18 billion of new investment. In 2008, Site Selection magazine and CNBC both named Indiana as the Most Improved State for Business in the country, and the state is now near the top of every national ranking of business attractiveness.
On his first day in office, Governor Daniels created the first Office of Management and Budget to look for efficiencies and cost savings across state government. In 2005, he led the state to its first balanced budget in eight years and, without a tax increase, transformed the $600 million deficit he inherited into an annual surplus of $370 million within a year. The governor used the surplus to repay hundreds of millions of dollars the state had borrowed from Indiana ‘s public schools, state universities and local units of government in previous administrations. The second biennial budget replicated this fiscal discipline and built reserves equal to 10 percent of annual spending.
During his first term, Governor Daniels spearheaded a host of reforms aimed at improving the performance of state government. These changes and a strong emphasis on performance measurement have led to many state agencies, including the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Department of Child Services, and Department of Correction winning national awards.
In 2008, Governor Daniels was named “Public Official of the Year” by the independent magazine Governing for his achievements as governor. He also received the Manhattan Institute’s 2008 Innovator Award for his creative public policy initiatives.
These innovations included the 2006 lease of the Indiana Toll Road , the largest privatization of public infrastructure in the United States to date, generating nearly $4 billion for reinvestment in the state’s record breaking 10-year transportation and infrastructure program. 2007 saw the enactment of the Healthy Indiana Plan to provide healthcare coverage for uninsured Hoosier adults, and a sweeping property tax reform in 2008 resulted in the biggest tax cut in Indiana history. Both initiatives received overwhelming bipartisan support.
Governor Daniels was re-elected in 2008 to a second and final term, receiving more votes than any candidate for any public office in the state’s history.
Daniels earned a bachelor’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1971 and his law degree from Georgetown University in 1979.
Governor Daniels and his wife Cheri have four daughters: Meagan, Melissa, Meredith and Maggie
Mickey Maurer is a successful attorney, entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist in our community. He has been involved in the industries of film production, radio broadcasting, cable television throughout Indiana and Michigan , newspaper publishing, and banking. The Indianapolis native earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado and then returned to Indiana to receive his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1967 at the Indiana University School of Law. Mr. Maurer serves as Chairman of the Board of IBJ Corporation, which owns and publishes The Indianapolis Business Journal, Court and Commercial Record and The Indiana Lawyer. He is also founder and chairman of the board of directors of The National Bank of Indianapolis . In 2005, Mr. Maurer was named President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and in 2006 was named Indiana Secretary of Commerce by Governor Mitch Daniels.
In addition to his success in the business and civic world, Mr. Maurer has led several philanthropic causes. Most recently he made a gift of $35 million to the Indiana University School of Law. He has served as President of the Jewish Community Relations Council and Chairman of the Board of the Indianapolis Zoological Society and the United Way of Central Indiana and in 2001 established “Mickey’s Camp,” a charitable endeavor that has raised over $600,000 for central Indiana charities.