Pence Speaks on Changes to State if Elected Governor

By Rachel Martin

October 8, 2012 Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 6:56 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Republican Candidate for Governor Mike Pence held a rally in Fort Wayne and spoke about the changes he’s make to the Hoosier state if elected.

Monday marked the beginning of early voting in Indiana, and to kick off the election, Republican Candidate for Governor Mike Pence held a rally in Fort Wayne at Swiss Re to talk about some of the changes he’d make in Indiana if elected.

One of the biggest changes Pence says he'll make is to the state’s education system. Before the rally Monday night, Pence held a private meeting with 20 area school superintendents talking about his proposed ideas.

“We’ve seen graduation rates go up and we’ve seen test scores go up,” said Pence. “Our conversation today with education leaders here in Northeastern Indiana was all about how do we build on that progress and continue to fund excellence and fund the kind of outcome that parents long to see particularly in our most challenged schools.”

Pence says he wants to expand the voucher system. Currently 9,000 kids are enrolled, and he says by expanding, more parents and students could have better opportunities.

“We want to make sure that any families that are eligible to take advantage of those vouchers and that would like to choose a different school to attend, particularly a private school, have the ability to do that,” he said.

But when asked if expanding the voucher system would hinder funding for public schools, Pence deflected the question.

Pence says he also wants to create career-oriented curriculum by developing Indiana Works Councils. He says those councils would develop partnerships and collaborations between businesses, educators and institutions, like Ivy Tech, to develop the curriculum. Pence says not only will this benefit the local economy, but also those students who decide to got to work after high school instead of going to college.

“If you're not ready immediately to go to college, or to go onto school after high school, we want you to be able to get the kind of skills, training, and background to go right into the work place and take some of those good paying jobs that are available for high school grads that have the background and the skill training,” said Pence.

The other big issue Pence touched on—jobs. He says in order to bring jobs to Indiana, the state needs to attract more business. That’s why Pence says if elected, he will sign a moratorium, or a document that will postpone activity, on any new business regulations until the current regulations are reviewed for possible changes.

“By freezing regulation and doing a full-scale look-back on Indiana’s entire business regulation environment, we’re going to be able to identify where the redundancies are,” he said. “I do believe there’s a lot of red tape out there that stands in the way of jobs and we want to hit the pause button in order to make Indiana the most pro-business regulatory state in the Midwest.”

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