INDIANAPOLIS — “I’m ready to work” has been a mantra of newly minted Gov. Mike Pence since he hit the campaign trail. His first State of the State address did not deviate from that ideal, focusing hard on cutting taxes and creating jobs for Hoosiers young and old.
Pence has only been on the job for a week officially, but has gotten to work fulfilling his campaign promises, championing the fact that he has already proposed a jobs budget that is “honestly balanced, holds the line on spending, funds our priorities, builds our reserves, and lets hardworking Hoosiers keep more of what they earned.”
Pence reiterated his belief that government doesn’t create jobs, but that it needs to create the climate that increases more employment opportunities.
“Everything starts with fiscal discipline, the surest foundation of economic growth,” he said.
Pence said his budget proposal is a full percentage point less than inflation and lowers income taxes by 10 percent, allowing local Hoosiers to keep more of what they earn and spend it as they choose.
“Hoosiers work hard,” he offered. “They labor in a fragile economy. They save and invest in their families and businesses and family farms. Why wouldn’t we want them to keep more of what they earn?”
Pence’s proposal would make Indiana the lowest taxed state in the Midwest. He said that will lead to the hiring of new employees, the ability for budding small businesses to flourish, and for state residents to be more willing to put money back into the state’s economy by having more disposable income.
His other watermark issue last night and over the campaign trail has been about how the state increases educational opportunities.
“We proposed an increase in funding for schools each of the next two years,” Pence said, “with the second year based on school performance and an additional $6 million in teacher excellence grants to increase pay for our high-performing teachers.”