|Indiana Governor Mike Pence|
(Indianapolis, Ind.) - New Indiana Governor Mike Pence delivers his first State of the State speech Tuesday evening.
Pence’s State of the State begins at 7:00. It will stream online at www.in.gov/gov on home computers and mobile devices.
"I really believe that this is an extraordinary time in the life of our state, and the case I will make to the General Assembly on Tuesday will be a case for continuing to be bold, to be optimistic and to be relentless in our effort to promote the kind of policies that will meet the needs of our state, the people of our state, but also will set our state on a pathway to get this economy moving again and create expanded opportunities for every Hoosier, every Hoosier family and every Hoosier community," Pence told the Associated Press.
Job creation and education – perhaps an expansion of the state’s publically funded private school voucher system – are expected to be major themes in the State of the State.
The speech will also give Pence the opportunity to elaborate more on his “Roadmap for Indiana,” which he campaigned heavily on. The governor has only given unspecific details on some of his proposals, but more concrete plans such as his proposed state budget have slowly been revealed since the legislative session began January 7.
The budget proposal by Pence includes the 10 percent state personal income tax cut he promised during his campaign. It could be interesting to see how legislative Republicans react – leaders in both the House and Senate have expressed concern over whether the state can afford the tax cut – if Pence brings up the idea during his address.
During his first few hours in office, the governor signed several executive orders, including one requiring some state agencies to include “family impact statements” in new regulations.