Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Honest to Goodness Need More Work to Be Done to Make Indiana Better

Governor Mike Pence
While Mike Pence trumpeted the good news that Indiana's unemployment rate had fallen to 4.9 percent, another report was released that the Governor apparently doesn't want to talk about.

In Indiana, child poverty is getting worse according to a study by the Annie Casey Foundation and the Indiana Youth Institute.

Nationally, Indiana ranks 32nd of the 50 states in overall child well-being.  That's a drop of five slots from last year's report.  Other states are improving their situations for children, but Indiana is either pretty much treading water or getting worse.

Some areas are doing much better, for example, the number of students graduating not on time in Indiana fell 6 percent over a four-year period, but the number of children living in poverty grew from 18 percent in 2009 to 22 percent in 2013.  

When you couple these numbers with other economic (32nd in per capita income), crime (25th most dangerous state), health (41st), and environmental quality (47th), Indiana consistently comes out as one of the worst states to live in, statistically.  

To be fair, these problems extend back to previous administrations well before Governor Pence took office, but he's the guy who's in charge right now.  As Frank Anderson once said that once he took the oath of office that all the problems of the previous administrations became his problems.  We've seen President Barack Obama try to work his way out of the problems of the George W. Bush Administration with success.

Honest to goodness, it's my hope the Governor does a good job in the remainder of his term to get some better results for Hoosier children and those living in poverty across our state.  I still recommend turning the job over to someone else to set the agenda and make Indiana a better place not only for business but for habitation.

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