State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) made the following statement today in response to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s 2020 State of the State address:
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 14, 2020) – “This evening, I was pleased to hear Gov. Holcomb address a variety of issues important to our community and state.
“Under fiscally responsible republican leadership, Indiana enjoys an unemployment rate lower than that of any of our surrounding states, as well as record-breaking jobs commitments. My colleagues and I in the Senate majority, as well as Gov. Holcomb, are committed to being good stewards of tax dollars, and I’m pleased to see this pay off in our recent ranking as top two in the nation for long-term fiscal stability.
“I also strongly agree that we must address the high health care costs many Hoosiers face. Price transparency is a critical first step in providing consumers with the information needed to make informed decisions regarding their health care. This session, my colleagues and I will discuss efforts to provide this transparency by creating an All-Payer Claims Database and eliminating surprise billing.
“Since my election to the Senate, I have been using my background as a former Department of Child Services caseworker to improve the DCS. Foster children are among the most vulnerable populations in our state, and it’s important we support them. I am thrilled to see Gov. Holcomb is creating the first adoption unit within the DCS – dedicating staff members for the specific purpose of helping find permanent homes for foster children will allow caseworkers to focus on protecting children and, at the same time, help make the adoption process more efficient so children can be united with their forever families.
“This session, I will work alongside the governor and my colleagues in the General Assembly to help accomplish these goals.”
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