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State of the State: "200 Years Strong"

Thursday, February 04, 2016

“200 years ago this summer,” Pence’s speech began, “43 founders gathered beneath an elm tree in Corydon, to craft a constitution for a new state they would call Indiana. Over the past two centuries, our state has seen remarkable growth. A population of some 60,000 is now more than 6.5 million. An agrarian economy bound to the great Ohio River has become a global engine of commerce, ingenuity, education and culture. On the foundation poured beneath that historic elm, we can proudly say Indiana is not just 200 years old; Indiana is 200 years strong.”

There were many accomplishments to highlight from the past year:

  • Reduced unemployment rate
  • More Hoosiers working than ever before
  • Consistent top 10 rankings as a best place to do business
  • Maintained a balanced budget, built up the budget surplus and maintained AAA bond rating
  • Cut taxes for the 3rd year in a row
  • Largest increase in K-12 education funding in Indiana history
  • Launched Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0
  • The Regional Cities Initiative providing funding for community investment

And Governor Pence also called for some new projects in 2016, including:

  • $1 billion to improve state roads and bridges over the next four years
  • Creation of a 4th port in the southeastern part of the state
  • Prioritizing education and particularly focusing on supporting our teachers

For a more visually stimulating summary, the governor’s office released a 2015 progress report inforgraphic which can be viewed as an attachment to Governor Pence’s open letter:

Governor Mike Pence
State of Indiana