Third, reducing the personal income tax rate is the best way to lower
taxes on small
businesses and family farms. Ninety-two percent of Hoosier small
their taxes under the individual income tax rate. By lowering taxes,
will have more money to hire new employees, purchase new equipment and
Fourth, by lowering the personal income tax rate by 10 percent, it will
Indiana will be the lowest taxed state in the Midwest. Companies who are
have one more reason to expand and we will give businesses outside
Indiana one more
reason to move to the Hoosier state.
Because we can afford to cut taxes for every Hoosier, I believe we
should. And on
behalf of millions of hardworking Hoosiers, small businesses and family
respectfully ask for your support.
Our jobs budget is all about getting this economy moving, but we can't
the marketplace if we don't succeed in the classroom.
We have to put kids first and ensure that every child in Indiana has
access to a
world-class education at public school, public charter school, private
I'm sure everyone in this Chamber has a favorite teacher. Mine is sitting
up there in the balcony-our new First Lady Karen Pence.
My wife Karen has spent her career in the classroom. We both believe
a calling, and Indiana has the best teachers in the world.
When most people tell you about their favorite teacher, they tell you
one who pushed them the hardest, who challenged them to grow; the teacher
them to a high standard.
Those teachers know that setting high expectations works. We believe
Indiana teachers and schools have shown that they will rise to the
make tremendous gains for our children. This October, we learned that
received the highest school ranking for the first time. Forty-three
up three letter grades. Twenty-eight schools moved from the lowest
ranking to a
mid-ranking. This is a testament to the commitment and excellence of our
and proof that our accountability system produces gains for our schools.