INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence used the forum of his second State of the State address to focus on job creation, education, and healthcare, but also delved into a few other areas.
“One year ago today, we started on a journey together,” Pence began. “I’ve learned a great deal traveling this state over that year, being with Hoosiers in good times and bad. From hiking with kids in Lincoln State Park to walking neighborhoods in Kokomo devastated by tornadoes, I’ve seen the character and spirit of our people firsthand—hardworking, resilient, and generous to those in need.
And from all that I’ve seen, I can say with conviction that the state of our state is strong and growing stronger every day. We have good government, because we serve great people.”
He pointed to last week’s arctic storm as an example of Hoosiers working together to face a common obstacle.
Pence recognized first responders, highway crews, utility workers, churches, guardsmen, and charities for their selflessness.
“To our local police, fire, EMS, to our highway workers, and state police, to every Hoosier who reached out to a neighbor, thank you,” he said.
Pence recalled his inaugural State of the State address, reminding the audience that in that address he vowed to make job creation his number one priority, have the state live within its means, improve schools and cut taxes.
“We did just what we said we would do,” he said. “We balanced our budget, created jobs, cut red tape by 55 percent, improved our schools and roads, and paid down state debt … We did all of that and gave Hoosiers the largest state tax cut in Indiana history.”
Last year, he said, Hoosiers created more than 47,500 new private sector jobs and the state maintained its AAA credit rating.
“In November, one out of every eight jobs created in this country was created right here in Indiana,” Pence said. “Unemployment was 8.6 percent when I stood here last year. Today, while still too high, it’s at a five-year low of 7.3 percent.”