Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mitch Daniels to propose school vouchers

The Courier-Journal:

Gov. Mitch Daniels said Wednesday he will ask lawmakers to approve an education voucher system that would let low-income students use state money to help pay for private school tuition.

Daniels provided few details about his proposal – including income levels at which families would qualify or the amount they could receive – but said it will be part of his larger education agenda for the 2011 session.

In 2010, Daniels worked strenuously to turn Indiana's statehouse red, and education reform is one of the reasons why.

The Indy Star has another possible fruit of Daniels' success: Foes of abortion will try sending legislation to his desk that includes banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and making Planned Parenthood ineligible to receive taxpayer funds.

Daniels has famously called for a truce on social issues, but my guess is that he was referring to the national debate; not questions at the state level.

Regardless, if he gets the chance to approve additional restrictions on abortion, he might be able to get back some cred with social conservatives.