Pence Talks Family Issues on His Agenda
Remember those old Gatorade commercial’s featuring Michael Jordan and that song “I want to be like Mike.” Well after today’s event where Governor Mike Pence rolled out the family-focused elements of his 2014 legislative agenda, I think it can be safely said that this agenda is very much “like Mike.”
Standing before a crowd of people who work to serve families in and around Fort Wayne at the local Boys and Girls Club, Gov. Pence shared his ideas for helping families in the upcoming legislative session, but not before share a few thoughts of fourth graders who visited the Statehouse on Statehood Day. One of their suggestions for if they were governor was, “to make Indiana awesome.” You can read his full remarks here.
Some of Gov. Pence’s ideas on family issues will absolutely make Indiana awesome. While there is an overriding focus on jobs that permeates his agenda, there are some elements that focus on families and childhood education that speak to Gov. Pence’s heart for these issues.
One major item that would have a big impact on families as well as those without children would be indexing the individual and child tax deductions to inflation. Recognizing that the costs associated with supporting oneself and others increase over time and taking those into account when calculating the tax burden is a great idea that will have a noticeable impact on Hoosiers for many years to come.
Another idea Gov. Pence shared is designed to make it easier for teachers to transition to schools where their help is needed most. His proposal would provide income assistance to teachers who elect to work in under-performing schools when there is a salary difference associated with the move. Removing this obstacle for teachers considering this move will only help improve the quality of education across the board in our state.
There are many good ideas in all of Gov. Pence’s legislative agenda and it’s clear that Gov. Pence and his team are focused on working with legislative leaders to make clear progress on these initiatives.