Tonight will be Governor Mike Pence’s second State of the State address delivered to the General Assembly.
He’s expected to focus on his legislative agenda, most notably his push to eliminate the state’s business personal property tax.
Pence is also backing greater investment in providing preschool opportunities to low-income Hoosier families, and the governor wants to free up state money for improvements and upgrades to the state’s infrastructure.
House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, says House Republicans are in sync with Pence’s agenda.
“The details may differ here and there, how we get there may differ, but we have the same common goals to make Indiana a great place to work, live and raise a family,” Bosma said.
Senate Minority leader Tim Lanane, D-Muncie, says governors traditionally paint a rosy picture during the state of the state and hopes Pence shies away from this tactic.
“I hope the governor doesn’t go into a state of denial because we’ve got serious issues to deal with,” Lanane said. “We do suffer from one of the lowest per capita incomes and it’s been that way for a long time now and we’re going in the wrong direction.”
Last year’s address was largely free of any mention of social issues which surprised some, as Pence is considered by many a notable social conservative leader.
What’s unknown leading into tonight’s speech is whether Pence will address the state’s proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. Though he’s said he supports traditional marriage, the governor does not have to sign the measure if it passes the House and Senate.
Network Indiana contributed to this report.