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House Minority Leader: Governor Needs Better Jobs Strategy

Scott Pelath says Mike Pence needs to provide a more detailed vision on job creation.

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House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says there are several bills promoting job creation that need to move forward in the legislature.

The House Minority Leader says Mike Pence’s honeymoon period is almost over and is calling for more big ideas from the new governor.

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says, with about a quarter of the session complete, he is unhappy with the lack of action by the Indiana House when it comes to job creation. He notes that, at the start of session, he called on House and Senate Republicans to govern from the center.

“And I called on them to use restraint, that they work on the things that need to be done and not the things they dream of,” he says. “They didn’t mean, don’t do anything.”

Pelath says several bills that would help create jobs and were authored by both Democrats and Republicans are sitting in House committees. And Pelath says, though he has been pleased with much of the governor’s vision, the legislature needs more leadership from Pence.

“I think the governor needs to start embracing some specific bills,” he says. “We need that help from him. And by the way, I may think some of them are terrible ideas, and my caucus might, but we need to know which ones they are.”

The governor’s office did not respond to requests for comment.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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