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tv   Indiana Gov. Holcomb Delivers State of the State Address  CSPAN  January 21, 2021 12:36pm-1:07pm EST

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u.s. government need to show people that we're here for them. we're serving people. >> commissioner, thank you so much. we're out of time. i really appreciate it. and apologies again for the technical troubles. you obviously know about technical troubles. >> for sure. >> given your last year. but, again, thank you so much for joining us, and i hope to see you again another time. >> thank you for inviting me. i really appreciate it. >> thank you. use our website to follow the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak. watch our searchable video any time on demand, and track the spread with interactive maps. all at indiana governor eric holcomb talked about the state's covid-19 vaccination plan during his state of the state address. he also talked about ways the state can increase broadband connectivity, school budgets,
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and creating new jobs. >> my fellow hoosiers, it's an honor to once again discuss with you this evening the state of our state and the work before us all to make life better for all hoosiers. this annual update will be unlike any other. for tonight, i stand before you in a studio with nothing in between me and you. we're not/ñó grandeur inside the statehouse of representatives chamber or before a packed house of legislative leaders and guests who have all contributed so much to the well-being of our great state. rather, we are here and not there because we are living in a time when practicing safety first has never been more important. so much of our daily lives this
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past year has been different. the way we interact with family and friends, the way, the when, the where, and the how we work, how we go to school, how we enjoy our leisure, how we deal with the grip and the grief of loneliness and loss including the 9,000 hoosiers who have died of covid-19 over just the last ten months. and how we process our sense that our country itself is not immune from the type of turmoil that afflicts so many other national capitals. it's impossible to calculate the far-reaching ripple effect of the personal and community loss of lives and livelihoods.
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but it is reason for us all to pause and a moment of silence in prayer if so inclined for each and every one of these beloved souls. will you please join me? thank you. let me also offer our state's profound gratitude to our health care professionals who day after day, hour after hour, have taken care of those afflicted with this virus and to our law enforcement officials who put their lives on the line every day to serve, save, and protect our streets. and to our churches, synagogues, and mosques for spiritual guidance so that we can carry on with our lives without far worse
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disruption. and, yet, through it all, hoosiers have risen to meet these unprecedented challenges realizing much more work is to be done in this historic moment of opportunity. ladies and gentlemen, because of you, the state of our state is resilient and growing. our foundation has held strong. i don't know how many other states in america have a aaa credit rating and are expected to finish the year with over $2 billion in reserves and that experienced an all-time record year of new job commitments last year during a global pandemic like indiana did. but it can't be many. and because of the strong position we were in prepandemic and the immediate aggressive and targeted covid-19 responses
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throughout, i was able to include in my two-year state budget proposal that idaho is now in the position to restore many agency budgets, increase k-12 funding by $377 million. restore higher education funding by $103 million. and increase it in each of the next two years. make new investments in our state parks and in our idaho state fairgrounds that serves all 92 counties. build a new state police lab and indiana national guard armory along with improvements in two others. and we're in a position to pay down $400 million on our biggest teacher pension debt. that in turn gives us more budget flexibility. same is true for paying off the outstanding bonds on i-69 and
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mortgages on three state hospitals. ladies and gentlemen, coming off of 2020, i'm convinced 2021 can be the best ever. so the central question before us all is how can we seize this day? thankfully in indiana our capabilities will be aided by our momentum for sure. but we must not slow down. in fact, we must accelerate and go, go, go. that starts with keeping our focus on the health and wealth of our people no matter what phase of life or pathway they are on. i'm so proud of our state department of health and the way they and our local partners have rolled out the our shot hoosiers vaccination plan. we've already scheduled or administered nearly 120,000 vaccinations to our 80-year and
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older population. and over 215,000 hoosiers in the 70 to 79 age group. oscar wilde once said with age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone. once again, hoosier seniors are showing a smart onward and upward way to help. in part, because they are tired of being alone. in addition, we've scheduled over 250,000 health care and front line workers. and when you're eligible for your vaccination appointment, it's as easy as calling 2-1-1 or logging onto just like the more than 600,000 of your neighbors already have. we know that older age itself
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puts one in the most at-risk category of dying and being hospitalized from covid-19. and our seniors are getting vaccinated. and that's not only key to getting their lives back but ultimately our state's full physical and fiscal recovery as well. speaking of our elders, we're also working to ensure they can choose to age in an environment that best suits them. be it a home or in the comforts of a quality long-term care facility. we know some 75% of people over 50 prefer to age in their own homes. yet only 45% of hoosiers who qualify for medicaid do and must navigate a complex system of care to do so. now is the time to put this effort in place, including a
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managed care system similar to the ones 25 other states are using to integrate care across the entire spectrum, to make it easier for families to navigate and drive outcomes in a transparent and accountable way. and for our eligible hoosiers, we're fortunate that our healthy indiana plan recently received a ten-year federal waiver to cover the 600,000 people. hoosiers who are active participants in improving their health outcomes. i'm also so proud of the dramatic progress we've made in our state infant mortality rate. last january we launched our my healthy baby program that connects pregnant women with a personalized guidance and support during pregnancy and after the baby's birth. we focused on our highest-risk
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areas with a goal to serve 20 counties across our state by the end of last year. we surpassed that goal and are seeing encouraging, continued results. in the end the infant mortality rate has now declined for three years in a row and stands at its lowest level in recorded state history dating back to 1900. it's working. and we need to do more of it. that's why we'll expand to 25 more counties this year. and by 2023 we'll make the program available to every hoosier mom insured by medicaid. i'm also pleased to report that since 2017, the total number of department of child services cases has decreased by over 30%. the rate of children entering care has decreased by nearly
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34%. and turnover at the agency has decreased by 30%. i was so heartened to see that last year indiana was recognized as being the number one state in the nation for increased adoptions from foster care. now, we all know, getting off to a great start in life in large part depends on your home and your education. that's why i was so insistent to protect 100% of k-12 funding during the current school year even though we had to slash other important state agency budgets to do so. we know our parents, students, teachers, principals, and superintendents are facing so many new challenges in the way that we instruct. sick days have become replaced with words like quarantine,
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virtual, and hybrid. to me, again, this shows our resilience and perseverance. but we all know there is learning loss to make up, and we will, because we must. that means some temporary changes may turn into permanent options and choices for parents. parents not only deserve to have options about where they send their child to be educated. after all, they pay for it. but at the same time, those options shouldn't come at the expense of the public school system, which educates 90% of hoosier children. in fact, in my budget, i've already mentioned the 377 million new dollars proposed to increase school budgets. plus, schools are also expected to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in additional
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pandemic federal aid. and the teacher compensation commission report identified 37 different state and local ideas to reduce costs and increase revenues for our public schools. and we should examine them closely to put more funds in teachers' pockets. when, not if, when we do this, we will be one of the best in the midwest for teacher pay. and we'll be better able to attract and retain teacher talent including attracting more minority candidates. we continue to drive progress preparing our students in our workforce for the career opportunities that are waiting to be filled right now. if you're wondering where these jobs are, all 110,000 of them,
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are currently found at the indiana career again, that's idah it's an easy process to find what jobs are near you, and to broaden your options and choice in careers, we'll continue our emphasis on helping all hoosiers, whether you're 15 or 50, obtain the postsecondary educations that are so needed to be ready to step into today's job market. our colleges and universities are key to our future success of being a state of lifelong learners. the workforce ready and employer grant programs we put in place are making a huge difference for hoosiers, moving more of them into higher-paying jobs and
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increasing the numbers of people achieving a postsecondary education. we've strategically put an emphasis on increasing majority participation in these programs and we're seeing positive results, lives are being transformed. it's working and we need to do more of it. in 2020, we devoted $75 million from the c.a.r.e.s. act into our workforce development programs. that's on top of the $40 million targeted to the programs in our state budget and it's paying off. since we started the workforce ready grant in 2017, more than 40,000 hoosiers have enrolled. and more than 20,000 of them have earned some kind of credit. those who did earned a median wage gain of $6,800. and since 2017, more than 26,000
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hoosiers have been trained at over 1800 participating employers around the state, to take part in our employer training grant program with an average wage gain of nearly $6,000 annually. these programs are going a long way to helping us as a state reach our goal of at least 60% of hoosiers with a quality credential by 2025, becoming known as the state in the midwest for a skilled up and ready workforce to grow and go, just at the same time employers are looking to do the same. the other thing we need to own the future is a 21st century infrastructure program. i made infrastructure a priority
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four years ago because of the need to have strong connections with each other and the world, whether via concrete or cable. we know these connections translate into greater opportunities for our citizens and our businesses in every hoosier town, big or small. so i was delighted when cnbc ranked indiana the best state in infrastructure in the nation. but we must not rest on our laurels. that means we'll complete i-69, the longest new interstate in the country, three years ahead of schedule and paid for. we'll move toward the correction of a new i-69 bridge over the ohio river as well as pursue plans for future upgrades to u.s. 30 and 31 up north, as an example. let me just say, indiana's roads are safer than ever. our new hands-free law led to a
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12% reduction in collisions in 2020 compared to 2019. that's 422 fewer collisions which means fewer lives lost, fewer injuries, and fewer expenses for hoosiers. but indiana's not only the crossroads of america, we're also the cross rails of america. we're steaming ahead with two of your country's biggest public transit rail projects, with well over a billion dollars invested up in northwest indiana on the west lake corridor expansion and double track on the south shoreline. two rail projects, massive. and from old abandoned trails converted into new hiking and biking trails, we're well on our way to building one of the most trail-friendly states in america which is the kind of amenity that keeps people coming to
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explore indiana. that's why we're restarting our $90 million state investment in community trails, in every corner of the state. to move us toward an even more interconnected system. the timing is perfect as 2020 saw more than 2 million additional visits to our state parks. moreover, indiana has more than four times the timber land acreage that we did a hundred years ago and we're adding to that by planting 1 million new trees, natural scrubbers, at or near or parks, over the next five years. as more people blaze a trail to indiana, we also need a comprehensive overview of our state's housing, supply and needs, on a county-by-county basis. our statehousing agency will
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develop and maintain a database to ensure that realtime, consistent information about indiana's housing and its market is available. it will be used by developers and builders, employers, local and state government officials, and service providers who serve specific populations to help determine where the needs and gaps exist and how we can then address them. one thing we all know, the pandemic has made clear broadband connectivity is an essential tool for students. we've distributed $61 million to "k" through 12 schools and higher education institutions to improve remote learning during the pandemic. the connectivity is just as essential for workers,
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entrepreneurs and farmers. our next level broadband program to date will provide access to more than 21,000 homes and businesses, including health clinics and fire departments and police stations. the additional $100 million i'm requesting will enable us to continue making progress, bringing improved speed to all corners of our state for all hoosiers. along with a skilled workforce and connectivity, businesses crave an ecosystem that provides consistency, stability, and predictability. that's why they're so appreciative of how our low taxes, commonsense regulations, and how indiana's become a beacon of certainty. over the past four years, we've
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attracted over 120,000 new job commitments with more than $28 billion of capital investment. in 2020 alone we attracted over 21,000 new job commitments with average pay of more than $28 an hour. these 2020 numbers represent an all-time high record for new job commitments and the second highest annual record for average wages since the iedc was first established. and these businesses, they cross every sector and position us not just for today, but more importantly, for tomorrow. wayne gretzky who began his professional hockey career with the indianapolis racers said a champion needs to skate to where the puck is going to be not where it has been. and that's what we're doing as
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we build indiana for today and tomorrow. we rank third in the nation in the concentration of industries of the future, including life sciences, aerospace, health care, defense, ag/bioscience and advanced manufacturing. according to a study by the brookings institute and as i've already mentioned, there's so much more to our story than just being a great place for business. we also offer a great quality of life and place. that's why over the past four years as citizens have been fleeing states like illinois and new york and california, they've been flocking to states like indiana. since 2017, more than 125,000
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new residents have come to call indiana home. and our hoosier hospitality mat is out to attract even more. through our initiatives, we're employs creative ways to recruit veterans and service members who are concluding their military service to enroll in indiana training opportunities and become public safety officers and first responders throughout our state. toward this end, i frequently talk about our collective goal to make indiana a great place to live and work and play and study and ultimately stay. tonight, i'm pleased to tell you that should our positive financial position continue through the end of this fiscal year, we will begin to invest new dollars into a new next-level regional recovery plan. the iedc will work with regions that collaborate to develop
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strategies designed to improve quality of place, advance industry sector development, and grow workforce development initiatives among regions and educators and employers and our state's workforce. we are just at the beginning of developing this initiative and we'll work with members of the general assembly and our mayors and county elected officials, economic development officials and other stakeholders so we're ready to rock 'n' roll when we have the green light. we're also committed to retaining the workforce we already have which means protecting the health of future mothers on the job. women make up over half of indiana's workforce. and should expect reasonable accommodations/=ó8c at their workplace which often comes a
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employer. this is why i've come back to the legislature, again, to ask them to make indiana the 31st state to pass a pregnancy accommodations bill. many employers already do this on their own. so let's get the this done for the well-being and security of indiana's current and future workforce mothers. finally, just as we expect options and choices in our personal lives, state government itself must be a leader in this as well. we'll continue to take steps that modernize the way your state government becomes more effective and efficient. more touchless. 24/7 and virtual so that you can interact with it when and where
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you want. that also means we'll be more transparent and continue to improve our state services. we'll get our state police officers outfitted with body cameras. we'll get our diversity data dashboard up and running as well as completing and sharing the outside review of your state's law enforcement academy and agencies. we'll get our state's first ever cabinet-level chief equity, inclusion and opportunity officer to improve and report on diversity outcomes across all state government. we'll usher in more telehealth capabilities so we can make permanent many services that people have been receiving from home during the pandemic, not surprising, many of them are for mental health issues. we'll seek to expand our manufacturing readiness grants to enable companies to continue modernizing their operations and keep our status as the number
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one manufacturing state in the nation per capita. we'll provide our businesses and schools with covid liability protections so they don't have to live and work in fear of frivolous lawsuits. and for all the sectors that are surging like rv and boat production and single-family home building permits, we know covid-19 has devastated other parts of our economy and people. we've experienced what's called a k-shaped recovery. while many hoosiers have continued to do well during the pandemic, others have been hit hard, restaurants, airlines, hotels and leisure industries and many hoosiers who work in them have taken it on the chin. that's why our indiana economic development corporation will continue to build and allocate
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targeted grant recovery resources so these businesses and people can build bridges to the other side of these tough times. ladies and gentlemen, i began tonight by saying this has been a year unlike any other. the pandemic has pulled forward many trends that were already well under way and this plays to indiana's strengths. our decisions, our discipline now enable us to do things that many other states won't be able to do for years to come. we're lucky to have been chosen to lead this moment. and i will say it once again, for indiana, the future is now and the world continues to hear indiana's engines roar. that's why i'm more excited and eager than ever to work together
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to build a state of opportunity for all hoosiers. thank you and may god continue to bless us and our great state. today, president biden will talk about his administration's response to the covid-19 pandemic. watch live coverage of his briefing starting at 2:00 p.m. eastern on c-span3. later, white house press secretary jen psaki will hold a briefing. you can watch that also on c-span3. use our website,, to follow the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak. watch our searchable video any time all on wisconsin governor tony evers delivered the annual state of the state of


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