In Case You Missed It: Pence's First Policy Proposal Falls Flat
INDIANAPOLIS- In case you missed it, Congressman Mike Pence's first policy proposal fell flat after he failed to say how much it would cost, how he would pay for it or how many jobs it would lead to.
"Unclear how many jobs are available"
It's unclear exactly how much the proposal would cost or how many jobs are available. (Associated Press)
"Pence was vague on where schools facing already tight budgets would get the money to pay for new vocational programs." (NWI Times)
"Couldn't give examples of jobs"
"But Pence could not give examples of jobs in those fields that a high-school graduate could obtain from certification that pay at the higher level." (Journal Gazette)
"Unclear how Pence would pay for it"
"It's unclear how much money the proposal would cost or how Pence would pay for it." (WNDU)
"Jeff Harris, a spokesman for the Indiana State AFL-CIO, called Pence’s proposal 'redundant.' He noted that the Indiana Department of Workforce Development already includes workforce investment boards for 12 regions, and said employers like Toyota in Princeton and Cummins in Columbus already work with area schools on technical education programs...'This is just a re-branding — an effort to have a talking point. It’s not adding anything to Indiana’s economic competitiveness,' Harris said. 'A lot of these programs are already in place.'" (Courier Press)
"Didn't offer specifics"
"At Central Nine Career Center, a joint vocational school in Johnson County, Pence didn't offer specifics on how to accomplish his goal on Tuesday, but said he wants to get ideas from Hoosiers first." (RTV-6)
"Didn't say how the state would pay for it"
"Republican Mike Pence said Tuesday that the first public policy initiative in his campaign for governor would be a push to improve technical and vocational education for Indiana high school students. He didn’t say, though, how the state would pay for the changes." (Statehouse File)
"Did not have an estimate of the cost"
"Pence did not have an estimate of the cost of changing curriculum geared towards Core40 with Technical Honors. He said the IWCs would have to make decisions on what programs needed to be changed before one could estimate the cost." (Statehouse File)