The state government maintains, with button-popping pride, a $2 billion surplus. Using a portion of those funds for educating 4-year-olds and kindergartners would be a wise investment.
Also, Pence aptly described the infant mortality rate as “deplorable,” and the response should be forceful. While neighboring states have expanded Medicare under the federal health care law, Indiana has not, and approximately 800,000 to 900,000 residents remain uninsured, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier. Pence should look at the approaches taken by Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and Michigan. Legislators should consider raising the tax on cigarettes as a way to reduce smoking by pregnant women, a habit that causes numerous health complications for their babies.
Healthier, better educated kids will become strong contributors to Hoosier society. Later on, that means more college grads staying in Indiana, better-paying jobs and a higher standard of living. Those dividends would improve lives, unlike tax cuts for corporations and divisive fights over social issues.
— Tribune-Star, Terre Haute