lt. governor speaks in laporte

Friday, February 02, 2018 17:46 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

– It's Hoosiers rolling up their sleeves, not so much government, for Indiana ranking first in advanced manufacturing and toward the top in other economic indicators.

That's what Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch told about 150 people Friday as keynote speaker for the Greater LaPorte Chamber of Commerce annual luncheon at Best Western Plus Hotel and Conference Center at 444 Pine Lake Ave.

''You are the risk takers blazing a trail for others. Government is hopefully being a partner and staying out of your way,'' said Crouch.

Crouch said Indiana is first in the midwest and 5th nationwide for business environment and second among the 50 states for the cost of doing business.

Indiana and its republican fiscal leadership the past 12-years is also just one of 12 states with a AAA bond rating, she said.

''We are in a great spot,'' Crouch said.

Crouch said the plan now is taking Indiana to the next level by following five pillars outlined by Gov. Eric Holcomb that focus on people and improving their lives.

They are strengthening the economy, investing in infrastructure, creating a 21st century workforce, fighting the drug epidemic and continuing to deliver great government service at a great taxpayer value.

Crouch said 30,000 jobs were created in Indiana last year and the goal for 2018 is 35,000 new jobs.

She also said $116 million will be spent in LaPorte County over the next five-years on paving 351 new lane miles and rehabilitate or rebuild 28 bridges.

Crouch said the new framework for improving quality of workforce will include local communities deciding the training and skills to offer based on their employment needs with financial help from the state.

''Instead of a top down model, we're going to have a bottom up model,'' Crouch said.

She said one out of every five Hoosiers has a mental health or drug and alcohol abuse issue.

To solve the problem, the strategy includes getting tougher on drug dealers, increased enforcement, treatment and prevention.

''We're well underway to taking Indiana to the next level but if we're truly going to have a legacy of excellence in this state we must lift up all Hoosiers to the next level. That, my friends, will determine our success as a state,'' Crouch said.