State of the State

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LGBT advocates say Governor Mike Pence in his State of the State Tuesday “shrugged his shoulders” and even “backpedaled” on providing the LGBT community protection from discrimination, but religious groups say Pence was properly cautious about the issue.

Reactions to the governor’s comments on the LGBT rights debate vary widely – some say his comments provided little real guidance to lawmakers.  Rhiannon Carlson, an LGBT Hoosier veteran, says she has no questions about Pence’s clarity.

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Republican legislative leaders say Governor Mike Pence Tuesday was clear in his State of the State about the necessity of protecting religious freedom when it comes to the debate over LGBT rights, but Democratic leaders say Pence failed to provide any leadership.

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Governor Mike Pence Tuesday laid out his plan for Indiana’s future – emphasizing a commitment to road funding, promising to protect teachers and schools from abnormally low test scores, and pledging to crack down on drug dealers. 

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Tuesday’s State of the State will be Governor Mike Pence’s fourth address to a joint session of the General Assembly. 

Like previous years, Pence is expected to make the case for his legislative priorities – those include state and local road funding, shielding teachers and schools from a precipitous drop in ISTEP scores, and addressing the state’s drug abuse crisis. 

But what many will be listening most for is the expected reveal of the governor’s position on LGBT rights – a subject he’s declined to address for months.

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Governor Mike Pence has indicated he will likely weigh in on the upcoming debate over LGBT rights during his upcoming State of the State address.

The governor maintains he is listening to all sides of the debate, though he’s rebuffed questions about his stance on LGBT rights for months – essentially since the last legislative session.  With his yearly State of the State address approaching, Pence says Hoosiers will soon know his position.

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In his State of the State address, Governor Mike Pence doubled down on the state’s efforts to be one of the nation’s leaders in the number of charter schools, saying he wants to even out the funding model so charters get more money relative to their traditional public school brethren.

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Governor Mike Pence plans to increase performance pay for teachers, but some argue the policy he outlined in Tuesday’s State of the State address is not in teachers’ best interests.

Purdue political scientist Robert Browning says the policy may be a way to pacify both conservatives who favor performance pay over raises, but still give pay increases to the 90-percent of teachers who qualify for bonuses because the state regards them as “effective”.

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Governor Mike Pence Tuesday announced in his State of the State address that he wants to add a balanced budget amendment to the Indiana Constitution. 

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 budget cannot spend more than it’s projected to take in.  But Republican legislative leaders say that language can be reinforced, though Senate President Pro Tem David Long says it must be done cautiously.

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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.

Pence to deliver State of the State tonight

Jan 14, 2014

Governor Mike Pence makes a pitch for his legislative agenda tonight, in his second State of the State address.

The governor rolled out his agenda two months ago, highlighted by a call to phase out the business personal property tax, and an expansion of preschool vouchers for low-income students.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says he expects to hear more about those issues in the speech.

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