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Governor Outlines Priorities In 2015 State Of The State Address


Governor Mike Pence wants an amendment added to the Indiana Constitution requiring the state to always pass a balanced budget. That's one of the priorities Pence outlined in his  2015 State of the State.

Pence notes that Indiana is one of only a few states that doesn’t have a balanced budget amendment in its Constitution.  The Constitution does say the state cannot pass a law that creates debt – essentially, the state budget cannot spend more than it’s projected to take in.  But Pence says past administrations and legislatures have recklessly spent down the state’s reserves.

“A balanced budget requirement in the Constitution of the state of Indiana will assure Hoosiers that today and tomorrow Indiana will spend wisely, protect our state from an economic downturn, and unlike Washington, D.C., we won’t bury our children and grandchildren under mountains of debt,” says Pence.

The governor also urged lawmakers to simplify Indiana’s tax code, though he didn’t elaborate on that proposal.  The earliest his proposed balanced budget amendment could go to the voters for approval would be the 2018 fall election.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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