“I think the time has come to strengthen the economic foundation of the Indiana family by responding accordingly,” he said.
Pence’s goals were met with mixed reviews by Democrats in the minority at the Statehouse.
In a statement, House Minority Leader Scott Pelath said Pence failed to offer “a striking vision of where Indiana needs to go.”
Pelath questioned how Pence would get fellow Republicans to support more spending that would cut into the state’s $2 billion surplus. And he called the proposal to eliminate the business personal property tax a “corporate giveaway.”
“It’s not all bad,” he said of Pence’s agenda. “But our state has many problems that this agenda ignores.”
Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.