Governor Eric Holcomb last night spelled out his goals for expanding Hoosiers’ job skills and turning back the opioid epidemic during his State of the State address.
Holcomb boasted that Indiana is “on a roll,” but says increasing the number of skilled workers will be “the defining issue of the decade. He’s setting goals to lower the number of college dropouts, high school dropouts, and prison inmates gaining skills, and says the state is shopping military bases to lure troops approaching discharge. Holcomb says more job skills will not only increase Hoosiers’ earning power, but fill a desperate need among employers. He says employers have 85-thousand jobs they can’t fill, and notes the wave of retiring baby boomers means the number of openings will continue to swell.
Holcomb’s address tracked closely with the priorities he laid out in November, with job training and the opioid epidemic at the top of the list