Following the governor’s speech, political opponents were, not surprisingly, critical.
Chairman John Zody represented the Democrats, calling Pence’s plans “out of touch” and “old fashioned.”
“Tonight, Governor Pence had a chance to lay out a truly thoughtful, positive vision for Hoosiers in his State of the State address,” Zody said. “While he attempted to strike a bipartisan tone, evidence speaks to the contrary. Words must be followed by action.
“He created an additional layer of bureaucracy to undermine the job that Superintendent Glenda Ritz was elected to do. Instead of working with the duly-elected Superintendent, he created a new state agency while at the same time cutting funds to universities and the life sciences.”
He opinioned that Pence’s plan to phase out the business property tax could actually do more harm than good.
Dan Drexler, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Indiana, said Pence’s speech offered “nothing surprising.”
House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) said the governor’s speech set the right tone for Hoosiers.
“We will continue to work with Gov. Pence and the Senate on our joint effort to address the business personal property tax in a responsible manner,” Bosma said. “I was pleased to hear the Governor’s strong support of preschool education. Developing opportunities to provide low-income Hoosier families with more options remains a continued focus for House Republicans.”