That's why our budget fully funds the Medicaid forecast, meeting the
care needs of our most vulnerable citizens and families.
That's why our budget calls for increasing funding for the Department of
by $35 million so we can protect the lives of our most vulnerable
additional caseworkers, supervisors, and investments in the emergency
That's why our budget seeks resources for a comprehensive school safety
Parents have a right to expect that our children are safe at school.
All of us were heartbroken after every parent's worst nightmare unfolded
Connecticut. While others have rushed to the well-worn arguments over gun
Hoosiers know this is not about access to firearms. It is about access to
Hoosiers have responsibilities to protect our kids and Hoosiers have
will protect our kids, and we will protect our rights. Hoosiers know we
can do both.
And since an intact family is one of the surest guards against poverty,
on my first
day in office I signed an executive order requiring certain state
agencies to develop
family impact statements to ensure that new rules and regulations do not
impact married, two-parent families.
Nothing in this approach to preventing poverty diminishes in any way the
job single parents do raising their children every day in Indiana. My
a single mom and my wife was raised for much of her childhood by a single
we applaud the difficult job those parents do every day. But with
of our children living in poverty, given the undeniable relationship
poverty and unmarried childbearing, Indiana should seek ways to encourage
healthy families for our kids, our communities and our state.
Let me close tonight by reflecting on something another speaker said from
more than 30 years ago. Addressing Indiana's General Assembly, President
Reagan said, "the federal government is still operating on the outdated
assumption that the states can't manage their own affairs." He predicted
"great American experiment" would soon enter a new phase and that you,
here in this
room, would be the ones to carry this experiment forward and "offer the
solutions and most promising hopes for our nation."