Indiana Governor Holcomb discusses economic expansion and COVID-19 challenges in his State of the State Address

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Gov. Eric Holcomb delivered his annual state of the state address Tuesday night at the Indiana State Capitol, focusing squarely on what he called a booming economy. Holcomb outlined his priorities for the 10-week legislative session, as well as his one-year goals for the state as a whole. The Republican governor’s speech Tuesday night before lawmakers avoid topics where he faces disagreements with other GOP members pushing a proposal that would require companies to allow exemptions from any COVID vaccination requirements -19 on the workplace and another bill to generalize business and individual tax cuts. Much of the governor’s address focused on promoting the state’s economy, pointing to low unemployment and its large — and growing — budget surplus due to a big jump in revenue. tax. But he was very personal when talking about the pandemic and “the extraordinary personal toll it has had on our families”. Get vaccinated. plead, I beg you to speak with your doctor and do this,” Holcomb said. “I say this, even though you disagree with all of the positions I have taken. I want both of us to be here to pursue those disagreements.” Democrats have faulted Holcomb for failing to credit the U.S. bailout package signed in March by President Joe Biden for helping boost state finances and failing to offer ways to further help residents who are still struggling. against the pandemic. Holcomb’s speech also highlighted the state’s budget surplus that triggers scheduled payments of $125 to all taxpayers this spring under Indiana’s Automatic Taxpayer Reimbursement Act. Holcomb said he has an open mind about possible tax cuts proposed by House Republicans, though he believes such a decision should be made until a new state budget comes. of two years is drafted in 2023 and that there is more certainty as to the economy. The governor raised possible future spending to improve Indiana’s public health system and help reduce the state’s high obesity and smoking rates and low childhood immunization rates. The address has returned to being in person at the House of Representatives after going virtual last year due to the pandemic.

Gov. Eric Holcomb delivered his annual state of the state address Tuesday night at the Indiana State Capitol, focusing squarely on what he called a booming economy.

Holcomb outlined his priorities for the 10-week legislative session, as well as his one-year goals for the state as a whole.

The Republican governor’s speech on Tuesday night before lawmakers avoid topics on which he faces disagreements with other GOP members pushing a proposal that would require companies to allow exemptions from any vaccination requirements against the COVID-19 in the workplace and another bill calling for broad tax cuts for businesses and individuals.

Much of the governor’s address focused on promoting the state’s economy, pointing to low unemployment and its large – and growing – state budget surplus due to a strong increase in tax revenue. But he was very personal when talking about the pandemic and “the extraordinary personal toll it has had on our families”.

Watch the Governor’s full address below

But he was very personal when speaking about the pandemic, describing Indiana hospitals as “besieged” and urging more people to get vaccinated.

Indiana’s COVID-19 death toll since March 2020 is approaching 20,000 people, which Holcomb says is greater than the populations of Indiana communities such as Huntington, Crawfordsville and Jasper.

“If you haven’t been vaccinated, I encourage you, I implore you, I implore you to speak with your doctor and get it done,” Holcomb said. “I say this, even if you don’t agree with all the positions I’ve taken. I want us both to be here to continue these disagreements.”

Democrats have faulted Holcomb for failing to credit the U.S. bailout package signed in March by President Joe Biden for helping boost state finances and for failing to offer ways to further help struggling residents. always against the pandemic.

Holcomb’s speech also highlighted the state’s budget surplus that triggers $125 advance payments to all taxpayers this spring under Indiana’s Automatic Taxpayer Reimbursement Act. Holcomb said he has an open mind about possible tax cuts proposed by House Republicans, though he believes such a decision should be made until a new state budget comes. of two years is drafted in 2023 and that there is more certainty as to the economy.

The governor increased possible future spending to improve Indiana’s public health system and help reduce the state’s high obesity and smoking rates and low childhood immunization rates.

The address has returned to being in person at the House of Representatives after going virtual last year due to the pandemic.

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