Holcomb’s State of the State Address sparks positive reactions

By Bryan Wells and Dionte Coleman

Hoosiers who attended Gov. Eric Holcomb’s second State of the State address gave the speech positive reviews.

Eva Kor. Photo by Dionte Coleman, TheStatehouseFile.com

Eva Kor was one of Holcomb’s special guests. Kor is a Holocaust survivor and the 2017 recipient of the Sachem Award, one of Indiana’s highest honors. Most of her family died in Auschwitz during World War II.

Kor said she liked three things in Holcomb’s speech.

“He was talking a lot about three important things, education, jobs, and bringing businesses to Indiana. If he can do this very well, education, giving people jobs, and the infrastructure, which is very important in bringing new business, I think that Indiana will shine. We cannot lose,” said Kor.

Brian Tabor, president of the Indiana Hospital Association, said Holcomb’s section on the renewal plan for the Healthy Indiana Plan program was exciting.

Brian Tabor. Photo by Bryan Wells, TheStatehouseFile.com

“I think that from our perspective, from addressing the health of Hoosiers, I heard a lot tonight and a lot to be very excited about. I think that what we hope is very soon the renewal of the HIP program, which as the governor stated is a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers. So, I’m very excited to have that approved, so we can start working with the state to enroll more people in that program,” said Tabor.

Kevin Brinegar, president and chief executive officer for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, said Holcomb was on the money.

Kevin Brinegar. Photo by Dionte Coleman, TheStatehouseFile.com

“We think the governor’s speech was spot on,” Brinegar said. “He was focusing on people, focusing on lifting up skills, focusing on our vulnerable population like the children, and doing more there with the DCS agency, and then likewise focusing on lifting up skills of folks who either don’t have high school diplomas, some college, but never got a degree or credential to go with that, getting folks to go back because their workforce challenges are the biggest things facing our state and other states.”

Bryan Wells and Dionte Coleman are reporters for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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