RUSHVILLE — The following is a copy of Gov. Mike Pence's State of the State address.
State of the State
Governor Michael R. Pence
January 22, 2013
As prepared for delivery:
Speaker Bosma, President Pro Tem Long, Lt. Governor Ellspermann, Senator
Representative Pelath, members of the General Assembly and Judiciary,
guests, my fellow Hoosiers:
I am honored to stand before you today as governor of all the people of
and I know that, together, we will write the next great chapter of
Thank you for that warm welcome. To my colleagues gathered here I say, my
will not be as brief as last week's inaugural address, but your feet will
Article V, of the Constitution of the State of Indiana provides that the
shall "give to the General Assembly information touching the condition of
and recommend such measures as he shall judge to be expedient."
In discharging that duty, I come before you to proclaim that the state of
is strong and growing stronger because we have good government and
because we serve
a great people. If we will remain bold, confident and optimistic, I am
we can lead our state from good to great.
Hoosiers owe a debt of gratitude to all the leaders gathered in this
of your service in the recent past, our state has become the fiscal envy
nation and a model from how good government works.
We have balanced budgets and surpluses when most states are broke or
We are one of only nine states with a AAA bond rating-higher than the
But while we rightly celebrate our progress, these are still difficult
too many in our state.
As we gather this evening, a quarter million Hoosiers are out of work,
one million Hoosiers lack the skills they need to succeed in today's