Pence Says Northeast Indiana Committed to Job Growth

By Stephanie Parkinson

January 24, 2013 Updated Jan 24, 2013 at 4:53 PM EDT

Columbia City, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Newly sworn in Governor Mike Pence is pushing for job growth in Indiana. As part of that mission he met with leaders of local businesses Wednesday in Columbia City.

"This part of the state you just feel the energy, the entrepreneurial energy and the commitment to growth,” said Mike Pence, R Indiana.

Pence promised Hoosiers on his campaign trail he would drop personal state income tax by 10 percent. He also says keeping the state budget in check is a priority.

"We can have a strong balance sheet and we can afford to give Hoosiers an across the board tax cut,” said Pence.

The Republican Party is holding strong in Indiana with a super majority in the State Capitol. So we asked Pence, how do you make sure the other party feels they are still part of the process?

"I’m absolutely committed to the idea that no one party has a corner on the market of all the good ideas,” said Pence.

The Democratic House Minority Leader nicknamed Pence's education plan a Wall Street-style system. But Pence insists competition will create a better overall system.

"We want to reward the schools and the specific teachers that are doing the best job for our kids believing that that's going to cause all of our schools to improve,” said Pence.

Governor Pence continues to say the state needs more jobs but also continues to emphasize the state is on good financial ground because of its previous leadership. Wednesday he used Columbia City and the entire Northeast Indiana region as a model for job creation in the state.

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