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10:46 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Gov. Mike Pence Pitches Agenda to Indiana Lawmakers

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence hopes a broad agenda tackling issues from taxes and education to adoption and road construction strikes a chord with Republicans who lead the Statehouse.

The governor pitched his second-year agenda to a joint session of the House and Senate during his annual State of the State address Tuesday night.

Pence's address largely recapped items he's rolled out in recent weeks, including cuts to taxes on business property and money for low-income children to attend the preschool of their choice. But he still has work ahead to sell his ideas to lawmakers.

House and Senate lawmakers have crafted their own plans for dealing with business taxes. And the governor's call for the preschool voucher program has run into fiscal concerns in the Senate.

Pence also said the debate over whether to amend Indiana's constitution to ban gay marriage should be decided "once and for all" this year.

Pence reiterated his support for traditional marriage during his address and said voters should decidethe matter in November. He urged "civility and respect" during the debate that already has brought hundreds of activists to the Statehouse.