Eliminating Indiana's 1,008 township governments, an outdated system that harkens to the 19th century, is but one step needed to ensure that tax dollars are used more efficiently. County governments' leadership structure needs to be streamlined. Local governments also should be allowed to hire professionals to fill the coroner, surveyor and other posts that require technical expertise rather than continuing to fill the positions with elected politicians.
One of the things I fear if Gov. Daniels is not re-elected is a return to the political environment we had in Indiana for the 16 years under Democratic governors where none of these changes would be possible. Democratic governors are loathe to take on the patronage fiefdoms these local government officials have built up over time, and they certainly won't support anything that the teachers' unions oppose. That leads to stalemate and nothing getting accomplished.