Today the State of Indiana passed new tax cuts, provided the first-ever state funds for quality pre-kindergarten education for low-income children, and invested $400 million in roads and bridges. These achievements, along with measures to improve Indiana's workforce and offer a tax credit for adoptive parents, top a long list of legislative achievements for Governor Mike Pence during the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly.
Governor Pence issued the following statement at the close of the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly. A video statement is available at: http://youtu.be/ldTuioUu-RY. An infographic recapping the 2014 session is attached.
"As the 2014 Indiana General Assembly draws to a close, every Hoosier will be glad to know that this session brought real progress on jobs, roads and schools. Efforts to reform taxes, invest in infrastructure and open doors of opportunity to quality pre-K education for disadvantaged kids all prove that a short session need not be short on accomplishments for Hoosiers.
"The work we have done has built on the success of the last legislative session and, I believe, will lead to a more prosperous future for Indiana. Last year, we achieved historic tax relief for Hoosier families. This year, we provided tax relief to Hoosier businesses to grow and create jobs. Last year, we dedicated tens of millions of dollars for Indiana's roads and bridges. And this year, we are investing another 400 million dollars for projects to put Hoosiers to work now and make sure we remain the Crossroads of America. Last year, we expanded opportunities for low-income kids to attend the school of their choice. This year, for the first time ever, Indiana has funded pre-K education so low-income kids can start school ready to learn.
"Throughout this session, this General Assembly and our Administration have put Hoosier families and children first. We helped veterans and their families by expanding access to the Military Family Relief Fund. We improved the well-being of families by creating an Indiana adoption credit. We launched a comprehensive assessment of career and vocational education for our students, expanded adult high schools to help more workers earn a high school diploma, and created a new program for adult workers who need to improve their skills to reach their full potentials.
"And Hoosiers will be glad to know that most of what we accomplished was passed with broad and bipartisan support. So on behalf of every Hoosier, I offer my heartfelt thanks to each and every member of the 2014 Indiana General Assembly, especially House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long, for a job well done.
"Because members of the General Assembly worked together on behalf of Hoosiers, our economy will be stronger, our families will have more opportunities and, in a time of great challenge in our nation's economy and politics, Indiana will continue to stand tall as a state that works."