Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced his 2019 agenda Dec. 6 at Traders Point Creamery in Zionsville. The agenda focuses on jobs, economic growth, health, infrastructure and government service.
“This agenda remains focused on what will make us stronger, with practical and people-centered solutions,” Holcomb said. “I look forward to working with Hoosiers, lawmakers and other stakeholders as we team up to achieve these priorities.”
The agenda outlined five pillars detailing legislative and administrative priorities for 2019.
The first item mentioned was strengthening and diversifying the economy. Holcomb’s agenda focuses on approving a balanced budget and modernizing economic development tools.
Second, Holcomb said he wants to maintain and build the state’s infrastructure. The $1 billion Next Level Connections program will expand broadband services in rural Indiana, grow the state’s systems of trails, add more nonstop international flights and move up the completion of major highway projects.
To bolster Indiana’s workforce, Holcomb promised to expand the Next Level Jobs initiative, which provides Hoosiers with free, statewide training in high-paying, in-demand industries. Next Level Jobs also provides Indiana employers with reimbursements up to $50,000 to train employees in high-growth fields such as manufacturing and business operations.
Holcomb also discussed developing a strategy to increase Indiana teacher salaries to make them competitive with surrounding states.
The fourth agenda item was aiding public health and addressing the drug epidemic.
The state will continue to work toward improving infant mortality rates, with a 2024 goal of becoming the best state in the Midwest for low infant mortality.
Additionally, Holcomb said he is focused on fighting the drug epidemic with expanded recovery housing and the development of Family Recovery Courts.
The final pillar of the plan called for improved government service by continuing to modernize state government to better serve citizens and businesses.
For more, visit in.gov/gov/2019nextlevelagenda.