Governor Mike Pence is getting input from business and civic leaders as he tours the state. He held a jobs roundtable at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Friday afternoon with about a dozen executives and the mayors of Lafayette and West Lafayette.
He presented his Road Map for Indiana plan and continued to push for a 10% income tax cut for all Hoosiers.
"That would also lower taxes on more than 90% of small business owners and farmers in this state."
Pence says increased vocational training opportunities in high schools will help more students find a job if a four-year degree is not in their future. He also wants to create the Indiana Applied Research Enterprise to keep college graduates in the state.
"That would allow private sector research and development dollars to go into an entity that could then commission research from institutions, like Purdue," he says. "We've seen that model work. That's ended up throwing off the kind of the new entrepreneurial ventures that create those opportunities to stem the brain drain."
Other suggestions for Pence included revamping the state’s Core 40 with Technical Honors in high school, and improving the ability of angel investors to fund new businesses. Mayoral appointments to local school boards and allowing more state economic incentives for luring companies to the Purdue Research Park also were discussed.
Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann was in Lafayette Friday too. She toured the Nanshan Aluminum plant that’s under construction and met with executives there.