Gov. Holcomb unveils agenda for 2018 legislative session


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb unveiled his agenda for the coming legislative session on Wednesday.

In a morning announcement at the Statehouse, Holcomb, joined by state officials and business leaders, shared his 2018 Next Level Agenda that makes job training and workforce development a major issue during the session beginning in January.

“With nearly 29,000 new jobs announced this year and one million expected over the next decade, we must act now to ensure Hoosiers have the skills they need to secure good jobs and succeed in our growing economy,” Gov. Holcomb said. “In 2018, I will remain sharply focused on building our workforce and other key issues that affect Hoosiers most-jobs, economic growth, health, infrastructure, and government service. I look forward to working closely with state lawmakers and other stakeholders in the year ahead to advance this plan.”

Holcomb’s five-pillar plan aims to cultivate a stronger Hoosier economy, strengthen the state’s infrastructure, develop a modern workforce, attack the state’s drug epidemic and deliver better government services to residents.

Indiana faces daunting challenges as it tries to adapt to changing world and global economy. The state did well during the heyday of manufacturing, but much of those jobs were shifted oversees.

Experts say many residents now lack the training necessary for higher-skilled work that is available.

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long of Fort Wayne said Holcomb’s agenda will help Hoosiers.

“I applaud the governor for bringing an aggressive and well-thought-out agenda to the table,” Long said. “The Senate continues to believe that workforce development is a critical issue for our state, and the governor’s agenda reflects that priority. Senate Republicans will be announcing our own agenda prior to session, and we look forward to working with the governor and our colleagues in the House of Representatives to continue to improve the lives of all Hoosiers.”

Holcomb will discuss his agenda during a tour this week that will visit Lafayette, Sellersburg, Jasper, Fort Wayne and Elkhart.

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