Gov. Pence Unveils New Job Creation Numbers
Democrats Question "Grandiose" Figures
Gov. Mike Pence (at podium) (WIBC.com photo: Mike Corbin)
Governor Mike Pence says 2013 has been a record breaking economic development year for Indiana.
The Governor cited numerous figures he says attest to the state's improving economy. He says the state has helped create 21,420 private sector jobs, $2.63 billion in capital investment and job commitments from a record 261 companies. The Governor also announced that new commitments from companies will bring a combined 1013 new jobs over the next few years to Indiana.
Some of those companies are either opening up shop in Indiana or expanding. They include: Ascension Health, Bastian Automation Engineering, Bluebridge Digital, Classic Alumadeck, DuCharme, McMillen & Associates, Gruuv Technologies, Perceivant LLC. The Governor made the announcement while surrounded by representatives from the various firms. The Governor says tax incentives for the firms remain performance-based and those that don't meet their job creation goals won't receive tax breaks.
Meantime, in a written statement, Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath questions what he calls, "grandiose job creation numbers" recited by the Governor. Among other things, Pelath says, "Hoosiers have seen a lot of these slick jobs announcements in recent years. And once the press releases are deleted and the promised jobs never materialize, they notice that the politicians are long gone."