State of the State: Holcomb celebrates Indiana’s growth, says COVID-19 remains top challenge

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb extolled the state’s economic expansion amid the COVID-19 pandemic during the annual State of the State speech while saying many challenges remain from the ongoing health crisis.

Holcomb’s speech Tuesday night before lawmakers avoided topics where he’s facing disagreements with fellow Republicans who are pushing one proposal that would force businesses to allow exemptions from any workplace COVID-19 vaccination requirements and another bill seeking broad business and individual tax cuts.

Much of the governor’s address focused on touting the state’s economy.

“It’s a time of unprecedented growth,” Gov. Holcomb said. “We’re revitalizing and connecting our communities across the state like never before to enhance and elevate the quality of life for all Hoosiers.”

But he was most personal when discussing the pandemic, describing Indiana’s hospitals as “under siege” and urging more people to get vaccinated.

The state is rising to meet the challenges, though, the governor said.

“History has shown again and again that it’s when we’re facing the toughest challenges that we can be at our best,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Despite our challenges, this is a time of unprecedented Indiana growth, connections, momentum, and opportunity for all Hoosiers. This is our time to build an even stronger Indiana, not just for today, but for decades to come. And that my friends is what we’re doing.”

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