Gubernatorial Candidates Discuss Public Policy at IU Forum
Mike Pence, Rupert Boneham, John Gregg (photos courtesy of IUPUI)
Indiana's candidates for governor gathered at IUPUI Tuesday night for a public policy forum moderated by retired Chief Justice Randall Shepard.
One of the main topics discussed was tax policy. All three candidates were asked about Indiana's two-billion dollar surplus. Republican candidate Mike Pence says Indiana has to be careful with the surplus and must show great restraint when it comes to spending it. Libertarian candidate Rupert Boneham says the state needs to continue to attract businesses into the state without placing an extra burden on the businesses that have been in Indiana for many years.
All three, including Democrat John Gregg agreed that more discussions need to be held to decide where the surplus money should go.
Education and workforce development was another big topic at the forum. The candidates agreed that the accessibility of college for students is important. Pence says work needs to be done to make a four-year degree mean four years or maybe even less. He says providing both public universities and students incentives would do just that and he plans to unveil proposals soon on how to do that.
Gregg says he's not opposed to education reform but he thinks everyone should be involved in the discussions including teachers, principals, superintendents and even parents. The candidates all agreed that more work needs to be done to prepare students for life after graduation, whether that's college or joining the workforce.