Governor Mike Pence is still short on specifics as he outlines his legislative agenda for the upcoming session, but Pence says that’s not by accident.
The governor’s legislative agenda includes a preschool voucher program, a teacher innovation fund, increased tax relief and a phase-out of the business personal property tax – a levy that sends a billion dollars to local governments each year. Each of those items will have a significant fiscal impact and so far, Pence has been coy in talking about ways to pay for his plans. He says that’s for good reason.
“I want to give legislators the broadest possible range to develop how they think this might work best giving consideration to all of the interests involved,” Pence said.
Pence says he’s had good discussions with legislative leaders about options to enact parts of his agenda but doesn’t want to speculate publicly about those options. He says that will allow the broadest range of debate.
Pence says remaining mum on specifics heading into legislative debate goes to the style of leadership he’s utilizing.
“Articulate a vision that we think reflects the priorities of the people of Indiana,” Pence said. “Articulate policies that we believe will advance the priorities of the people of Indiana. And suggest ways those policies can be formulated but to work in a collaborative way with members of the General Assembly and the leadership of both chambers.”