INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) — Governor Eric Holcomb said Tuesday evening that he is proud of where Indiana finds itself and is optimistic about the state’s future post-pandemic.
“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,” Holcomb said. “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.”
Holcomb plans to increase school budgets by $377 million, in addition to providing schools with more pandemic funding. It’s part of his goal to increase Indiana teacher pay and further develop the Hoosier workforce.
“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,” he said. “Equally important, we must also continue to drive progress toward preparing our students and our workforce for the career opportunities that are there waiting to be filled right now.”
Holcomb said one key piece to developing Hoosier workers is ensuring broadband is available to everyone.
“The pandemic has made clear: Broadband connectivity is an essential tool for students. But connectivity is just as essential for workers, entrepreneurs and farmers. Our next level broadband program to date will provide access to more than 21,000 homes and businesses.”
Holcomb conceded that Indiana’s COVID-19 recover will take time, but remains hopeful for the future. More than 330,000 Hoosiers aged 70 and older and 250,000 frontline workers and received or scheduled their COVID-19 vaccines.
“Our decisions, our discipline now enable us to do things that many other states won’t be able to do for years to come,” he said. “We’re lucky to have been chosen to lead at 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.”