The state’s gubernatorial candidates have used their final debate to reiterate their views on a massive southern Indiana coal gasification project. Republican Mike Pence said he would not move to cancel the state’s 30-year contract with the Rockport facility. Democrat John Gregg said his campaign continues to look into the deal.
Governor Mitch Daniels has been a strong supporter of the 30-year contract for the state to buy and re-sell energy from the Rockport plant at a fixed rate.
Evansville-based Vectren Corp. opposes the plan.
During the debate last night in Fort Wayne, Pence added he would be willing to look into the issue if lawmakers discuss it during the next session.
The candidates also squared off on budgets and job creation.
Libertarian Rupert Boneham is again calling for more transparency in government spending. Gregg said the state should re-examine the cuts that have taken place to some programs. Pence called Indiana the “fiscal envy of the country” and touted the state’s budget surplus.
On job creation, Gregg said if Hoosier corporations need government help, he’ll “do anything possible.” Boneham proposed putting more power in county-level government to create jobs. Pence said taxpayers should not be “on the hook” for government bailouts.
Source: Inside INdiana Business