He also has been on the front lines of focusing on career, technical, and vocational education in high schools.
“We need greater collaboration between agencies, and I propose we create Regional Works Councils to work with businesses and educators across the state to develop regional, demand-driven curricula to bring high-paying career options to more Hoosiers in high school.”
Pence also took aim at the fact that 22 percent of children in Indiana grow up in poverty. He said he signed an executive order requiring certain state agencies to develop family impact statements that ensure any new rules and regulations they create do not unfairly handicap married, two-parent families.
“Given the undeniable relationship between childhood poverty and unmarried childbearing, Indiana should seek ways to encourage strong, healthy families for our kids, our communities, and our state,” he said.
He also harkened back to Ronald Reagan, speaking about the federal government not giving enough power to the states and said that in Indiana, that should not be the case.
“Hoosiers have found practical Indiana solutions to the challenges facing their communities,” Pence said. “We have one of the most innovative health care programs in the country. We have implemented education reforms that are a model of the nation. And we have built our roads on time and under budget. As your governor, I will never stop standing for the rights of Indiana’s people to run our schools, choose our health care, and produce our energy the Indiana way.”
State Sen. Pete Miller of Avon said he’s looking forward to working with Pence.
“I look forward to working with Governor Pence and legislators to craft a budget that focuses on spending on essential services like education and infrastructure,” Miller said. “We’ve established a tradition in Indiana of spending within our means, and I want to continue that tradition so we can grow our economy and create more jobs for Hoosiers across the state.”