Pence's State of the State highlights growth and agenda

By Sydney Benter

Published 01/15 2014 12:09AM

Updated 01/15 2014 12:17AM

Indiana's governor is standing by a proposal that has has the potential to leave local governments strapped by eliminating a significant tax.

In Tuesday's State of the State Address Governor Mike Pence said the personal property tax on businesses makes it harder for them to grow and he wants it phased out.

In addition, he called for a $400 million investment in highway expansion aimed at creating jobs.

He doesn't regret standing against the Affordable Care Act and says the Healthy Indiana Plan is a great alternative to the federal plan.

Pence wants to see a voluntary pre-k program that would benefit low-income Hoosier children. He says it's important that the program be available with vouchers.

He only briefly mentioned the proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage that's being discussed at the statehouse right now. "Reasonable people can differ and there are good people on both sides of this debate, so let me say from my heart, no one on either side of this debate deserves to be disparaged or maligned because of who they are or what they believe," he said.

District 45 Representative Kreg Battles (D) says he agrees with the governor's attitude on the discussion regarding the proposed ban. Battles applauds both sides of the debate for remaining civil.

Representative Alan Morrison (R) represents District 42. He tells us he thought the governor's address spoke to the economic growth that the state has seen in the last year.

Morrison thinks responsibly phasing out the business personal property tax over time will bring businesses to the state.

Battles is more concerned about how eliminating the tax would affect local governments.

He does say there is bipartisan support at the statehouse, though, for pre-k programs. A pre-k pilot program is currently awaiting final passage in the legislature.

Both representatives we spoke to agree that compromise is essential this legislative session.

You can watch and read Governor Pence's address by visiting his state website.

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