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Level Up: Governor Holcomb Outlines 2019 Agenda

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Gov HolcombIndiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced his legislative and administrative agenda for 2019 in December, which expands on his priorities from previous years as part of his “Next Level” approach.

“This agenda remains focused on what will make us stronger, with practical and people-centered solutions,” Holcomb said in a press release. He presented his agenda from Zionsville, IN.

Broadly, his agenda for 2019 is based on five pillars:

  1. Cultivate a strong and diverse economy by approving another balanced budget for the state and by modernizing economic development tools.
  2. Maintain and build the state’s infrastructure largely via the Next Level Connections program to increase rural access to broadband service, complete highway projects, increase nonstop international flights and expand the state’s trail system.
  3. Develop a 21st Century skilled and ready workforce through expanding the Next Level Jobs initiative and efforts to make Indiana teacher pay competitive.
  4. Improve public health and confront the drug epidemic, including adopting recommendations from various groups to support students, expectant mothers and newborns and expanded substance abuse support programs
  5. Deliver great government service through modernization efforts within the government as well as by addressing bias crimes through legislation.

Included in this is the new Next Level Trails program, part of the Next Level Connections initiative mentioned above. The Next Level Trails program is the largest infusion of trail funding in state history, with a total of $90 million ($70 million for regional projects and $20 million for local) to be used to improve and expand trails in the state. “By linking communities, we will make a serious investment in connectivity and quality of life,” Holcomb said.

To learn more about the 2019 Next Level Agenda, visit: https://www.in.gov/gov/2019nextlevelagenda.htm.

Eric J. Holcomb, Governor
State of Indiana
https://www.in.gov/gov/