- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Democratic candidate for Indiana state auditor is arguing that more of the state’s cash balance should be used to restore spending cuts made in the last few years.

Mike Claytor said Tuesday that more should be spent on the Department of Child Services and education, while preparing for payouts in a handful of lawsuits the state is facing.

Republican state Auditor Suzanne Crouch is set to detail the state’s fiscal condition on Friday. Crouch and Claytor are facing off in November’s general election.

Indiana has maintained a cash surplus in large part because of spending cuts made by former Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels through the recession. Democrats have argued the cuts should have been completely restored after the state’s economy and tax collections began improving.

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