Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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January 23, 2013

Gov. Pence's State of the State address

(Continued)

Greensburg — That's why our budget fully funds the Medicaid forecast, meeting the

projected health

care needs of our most vulnerable citizens and families.

That's why our budget calls for increasing funding for the Department of

Child Services

by $35 million so we can protect the lives of our most vulnerable

children through

additional caseworkers, supervisors, and investments in the emergency

hotline.

That's why our budget seeks resources for a comprehensive school safety

review.

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

in Newtown,

Connecticut. While others have rushed to the well-worn arguments over gun

control,

Hoosiers know this is not about access to firearms. It is about access to

schools.

Hoosiers have responsibilities to protect our kids and Hoosiers have

rights. We

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

unfairly

impact married, two-parent families.

Nothing in this approach to preventing poverty diminishes in any way the

heroic

job single parents do raising their children every day in Indiana. My

sister is

a single mom and my wife was raised for much of her childhood by a single

mom, and

we applaud the difficult job those parents do every day. But with

twenty-two percent

of our children living in poverty, given the undeniable relationship

between childhood

poverty and unmarried childbearing, Indiana should seek ways to encourage

strong,

healthy families for our kids, our communities and our state.

Let me close tonight by reflecting on something another speaker said from

this podium

more than 30 years ago. Addressing Indiana's General Assembly, President

Ronald

Reagan said, "the federal government is still operating on the outdated

and...arrogant

assumption that the states can't manage their own affairs." He predicted

that the

"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

most creative

solutions and most promising hopes for our nation."

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