INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WEHT) — Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb says the State of Indiana has never been stronger.
He delivered his State of the State Address on Tuesday to the General Assembly.
Holcomb says the unemployment rate in Indiana has dropped to a 19-year low, and the state has set all-time records in job commitments.
But, low teacher pay remains a big issue.
Holcomb’s plan to address teacher pay is for 2021.
He recommends lawmakers use $250 million from the state’s surplus, and put it toward teacher retirement funds.
This would generate $50 million annually for teacher pay.
He says that is in addition to the $150 million they gave to the Teacher Retirement Fund in 2019, that freed up $65 million more for teachers.
Democratic leaders say they are not against Holcomb’s idea, but they don’t think the issue should wait until next year.
(This story was originally published on January 15, 2020)