Gov. Holcomb didn’t pay enough attention to Hoosiers who are struggling, said Democratic leaders in the Indiana House and Senate, following Gov. Eric Holcomb’s State of the State speech Tuesday night. That includes Indiana’s teachers.
“This is the thirs State of the State in a row that I have heard the governor promise teachers that they deserve a raise,” said House Minority Caucus Leader Rep. Terri Austin.
The governor’s plan this year is similar to last year’s, providing a $377 million increase in K-12 public education money, and suggestions for districts to cut costs and use that money to raise teacher pay.
“I think that the governor is tone deaf,” said Austin. “The families that I talk to, not just in my own district but around the state, are struggling.”
Austin said that even though the state may not want to take over designating money especially for teacher pay, and may want to continue to leave that to the districts. But, she said she believes there could be some accountability for the districts on whether they actually use that money for teacher pay increases.
A large portion of the governor’s speech, as in previous State of the State speeches, focused on filling over 100,000 jobs, and getting people educated to be able to fit those jobs.