Indianapolis, IN - Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement at the close of the 2013 session of the Indiana General Assembly:
"As this legislative session draws to a close, I am grateful for the efforts of every member who made this one of the most civil and substantive sessions of our state legislature in recent memory.
Throughout this session this General Assembly and our Administration have put taxpayers first. We put together a budget that holds the line on spending funds our priorities, saves for the future and still puts more money back in Hoosiers' pockets. It funds excellence in our schools, rewards outstanding teachers, and includes the first new money in a decade for local roads.
We also crafted the largest state tax cut in Indiana history-more than $600 million a year-and helped every Hoosier taxpayer, small business owner and family farmer in the process. With a combination of income tax relief, inheritance tax repeal and other business tax reductions, legislators passed the right tax relief at the right time, and it will make Indiana stronger as we compete for new jobs.
The work we have done together has laid a solid foundation for a more prosperous future for Indiana. We will attract more good-paying jobs because of the business-friendly tax climate we have produced and the strong balance sheet we have preserved. And Hoosiers will keep more of what they earn.
This General Assembly and our Administration also have put kids first. From kindergarten to college, we have improved education in ways that will help the next generation succeed. We have given parents more opportunities to send their children to the school that works best for them. We've rewarded high-performing schools and teachers with increased flexibility. We have made a significant investment in successful dropout prevention programs to ensure that our kids finish high school. We've given college students new funding options, and we've made it easier for them to graduate on time.
And we came together, across party lines, to make sure our schools work for all our kids by taking a historic step toward making career and technical education a priority in every high school in Indiana. Our state is poised to make sure our kids are more prepared than ever for the jobs of tomorrow. By addressing the skills gap that exists in our state, this General Assembly has put workforce development at the center of economic development in Indiana.
I commend the legislative leadership, especially Senate President Pro Tem David Long and Speaker of the House Brian Bosma, for guiding this session with a steady hand. The people of this state owe a debt of gratitude to them and to all the men and women who served in this session of the General Assembly. Their actions have made our state stronger and have laid a foundation for renewed prosperity and educational excellence. Thanks to these leaders, Indiana has again emerged as a beacon of fiscal responsibility, economic freedom and educational opportunity. On behalf of all Hoosiers, I offer my heartfelt thanks to each and every member the 2013 session of the Indiana General Assembly."