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Holcomb: 2018 Focus Will Be "People, People, People"

After legislative session focused on road funding, governor says he'll take aim at job training programs, renew opioid fight

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Governor Holcomb is making a low-key pitch for his 2018 agenda at an annual conference of attorneys, legislators and lobbyists.

Holcomb unveiled his agenda last month, and didn't break any new ground Wednesday in a speech to the Bingham Greenebaum Doll Legislative Conference. He's reaffirming his plans to fight the opioid epidemic, seek funding for a third port on the Ohio River, and reform Indiana's job training programs so the state can offer potential new businesses a more skilled workforce. Holcomb boasts Indiana is riding a boom he says has been driven by the state's commitment to fiscal discipline and a more business-friendly climate. He says the next step needs to be a focus on people, from a more locally-driven job training network to an effort to prevent addiction from crippling its victims' ability to contribute to the economy.

Holcomb says Indiana schools need to increase emphasis on math, science, and intellectual curiosity. And he says the state will be working on ways to expand broadband into rural areas. 

The 10-week legislative session begins January 3.

Gov. Eric Holcomb (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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