Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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January 23, 2013

Gov. Pence's State of the State address

(Continued)

Greensburg — Despite progress in education, too many of our schools are still lagging

behind,

 some way behind.

And, especially heartbreaking to this father, one in five Hoosier

children lives

 in poverty. That is unacceptable.

With so many families and businesses struggling just to get by, we have

no choice

but to remain bold.

We have to do better.

And doing better starts with the right priorities. It starts by adopting

a roadmap

that says "yes" to our future and believes in the unlimited potential of

our people.

It all starts by making job creation job one.

That's why on day one of our administration, I signed a moratorium on any

new regulations

to ensure that Indiana is not burdening Hoosier employers with

unnecessary red tape.

And that's why we proposed a jobs budget last week.

Our budget is honestly balanced, holds the line on spending, funds our

priorities,

builds our reserves and lets hardworking Hoosiers keep more of what they

earned.

Let's be clear: Government doesn't create jobs, other than government

jobs, but

government can create the conditions where people can be the risk takers,

innovators,

and workers who will create the jobs and opportunities of tomorrow.

And everything starts with fiscal discipline, the surest foundation for

economic

 growth.

I believe our State must live within its means and never spend a single

dollar more

than it collects.

So, first, we have submitted an honestly balanced budget, with no tax

increases.

Second, our budget holds the line on spending.

I believe the government budget should never grow faster than the family

budget.

 Our budget is a full percentage point less than inflation. By holding

the line

on spending, Indiana can continue to stand out as a beacon of fiscal

restraint-a

 state that knows how to fund its priorities in a responsible way.

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