Eric Holcomb in 2019 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Crime: Train prisoners to reduce recidivism

In 2018, we began enrolling Department of Correction offenders in programs to train them for high-wage, high-demand jobs everything from welding to computer coding. I said last year we'd graduate 1,000 by 2020 and we're already there, a year ahead of schedule. In less than a year, we already have coding programs in two of our facilities, and Google.org recently announced it would invest $2 million into this proven program that has a zero percent recidivism rate.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Indiana legislature Jan 15, 2019

On Education: Early start on career paths in opportunity industries

Our efforts and investments are designed to meet the goal of ensuring 60 percent of Hoosier adults have a high-value credential beyond high school. We must get our kids to start thinking about their career paths earlier in their lives. We will introduce every student to career and apprenticeship options in Indiana's key opportunity industries. We'll support students who seek a four-year degree and those who don't, so that everyone has a pathway to a fulfilling career.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Indiana legislature Jan 15, 2019

On Education: $140M to increase teacher pay

We're in a financial position to use surplus dollars to pay off a pension liability that local schools currently pay. Just like paying off your mortgage frees up money in your personal budget, this state investment will save all local schools $140 million over the biennium with continued savings thereafter. I believe local school districts should allocate 100 percent of the $140 million to increasing teacher paychecks.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Indiana legislature Jan 15, 2019

On Families & Children: Levels of Care program: Reduce infant mortality

You all approved our "Levels of Care" program to assure that the highest-risk babies are delivered at hospitals with the right facilities to meet the needs of moms and infants. Now we're seeking to implement two more programs that aim directly at reducing infant mortality: A navigator program to help guide high-risk pregnant women and a program to verbally screen all expecting mothers for substance use disorder so those who need it will be connected to treatment.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Indiana legislature Jan 15, 2019

On Tax Reform: Exempt military pensions from state tax

To stay ahead of our competition and keep breaking those jobs records, we must keep sharpening our economic development tools to give us the flexibility to attract more capital investment and more people to locate here. I will once again pursue exempting military pensions from our state income taxes so we can attract and retain talented patriotic veterans--who we know are some of the most experienced, focused and loyal workers anywhere.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Indiana legislature Jan 15, 2019

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