With Veto, Eric Holcomb Defends American Rescue Plan’s Investments in Broadband and Economic Development


NWI Times: Governor rejects legislation limiting broadband expansion, emergency state rules

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today thanked Governor Eric Holcomb for defending the investments and brighter future President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan is creating for Hoosiers. Yesterday, the Governor vetoed House Enrolled Act 1211, which would have delayed if not halted current broadband and economic development projects. These programs – broadband expansion and the state’s economic development program (READI) – are all paid for by the Rescue Plan. 

This is another moment when Governor Holcomb supported President Biden’s economic agenda. The Governor celebrated the success of the American Rescue Plan during his State of the State Address. And, Holcomb often touts Indiana Democrats’ work on social media. He may not have originally supported it, but it’s encouraging to see Eric Holcomb support the American Rescue Plan. 

Unfortunately, Governor Holcomb is one of the few. Politicians like U.S. Senator Todd Young voted “NO” on the Rescue Plan, and in fact, the Indiana GOP’s own Chairman Kyle Hupfer called projects like broadband and the state’s READI program  “socialism” – claiming it was a “great campaign to run on”. 

Democrats will highlight the Indiana GOP’s “NO” record throughout the 2022 elections. Voters will learn that while Democrats delivered a brighter future for Hoosier families, the Indiana GOP divided communities with senseless and divisive culture wars. Here’s a look at how Governor Holcomb stood up for the American Rescue Plan:

Indianapolis Business Journal: New sites for deaf school, state archives building announced by governor

“Gov. Eric Holcomb on Tuesday announced long-awaited site plans involving the Indiana School for the Deaf, the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and a new state archives building.

The Indiana School for the Deaf, which has been located at 1200 E. 42nd St., near the Indiana State Fairgrounds, since 1911, will move to the campus for the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired on North College Avenue at East 75th Street, according to the announcement.” […]

“The existing buildings on the campus will undergo renovation and new buildings will be constructed. The budget for the campus consolidation is $225 million, allocated from a $550 million capital projects fund the Indiana General Assembly created with federal pandemic dollars as part of the 2021 budget.” […]

“The state-owned schools serve a total of about 500 students from preschool to high school annually, providing deaf and blind students with an education advocates say they can’t get in traditional public schools. The two schools serve even more students through outreach programs.” […]


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