WISH-TV: “we are reinvesting, into workforce development programs, into education, into the health and well being of our citizens”
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today thanked Governor Eric Holcomb for complimenting the impact the American Rescue Plan is having on the Hoosier State. After Eli Lilly’s CEO criticized the state for its dismal education and workforce systems, Holcomb said the state is “reinvesting, into workforce development programs, into education, into the health and well being of our citizens”. The problem for Holcomb: Democrats’ American Rescue Plan made these investments possible.
Thanks to the Rescue Plan, Indiana received a $500 million investment for the state’s regional economic development program known as READI. About $250 million was sent to help expand broadband internet access across the state. Close to $540 million is being used to mitigate the state’s childcare crisis. And, thanks to Democrats, the state’s public education system received funding at levels not seen since before the Great Recession. Indiana Democrats like André Carson and Frank Mrvan delivered these kitchen-table issues for Hoosier families.
In contrast, the Indiana Republican Party said “NO” to this brighter future. Politicians like U.S. Senator Todd Young voted “NO” on these investments, and in fact, Indiana GOP Chairman Kyle Hupfer called these investments “socialism” – claiming this opposition was a “great campaign to run on”. It’s become quite clear that while Democrats are creating a better future for Hoosiers, the Indiana GOP has no plan for the state – just partisanship.
WISH TV: Gov. Holcomb responds to criticism from Lilly CEO
“Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is defending the state’s economy and priorities over criticism from the head of Lilly.
News 8 told you about Lilly Chief Executive Officer David Ricks’ comments in April. Ricks told the Economic Club of Indiana that the state was not up to the challenge of the new economy.
Ricks challenged state leaders to focus less on low taxes and cost of living, and focus more on education, health, and diversity and inclusion.” […]
“Obviously our economy is humming when you look at over the momentum that we’ve experience and we are reinvesting, into workforce development programs, into education, into the health and well being of our citizens. Is there more to do? of course. Will our job ever be done? No, we want to make sure that we have set goals that put us at the number one state in the Midwest and the top five state in the country across all the measures that Dave talked and that I talked about as well. So we’re aligned and we have to do better across the board,” said Holcomb.