January 17, 2020

Holcomb’s 2020 Agenda Addresses Education & Public Health

In preparation for the upcoming 2020 Indiana legislative session, Governor Holcomb has released his 2020 Next Level Agenda. This document typically guides the legislative priorities that will be directly supported by the Governor’s office in the coming year. Both education/workforce and public health were targeted as priority areas:

Education & Workforce Priorities:

  • Support Teacher Compensation Commission in making teacher pay competitive
  • Change career-related teacher professional growth points to optional
  • Redesign prison education credits to better prepare offenders for re-entry
  • Hold schools harmless for 2018-19 ILEARN scores
  • Eliminate unnecessary requirements in 2021

Public Health Priorities:

  • Raise smoking, vaping age to 21 & enhance enforcement
  • Make health care costs more transparent for consumers; no surprise billing
  • Add more recovery housing & expand pilot program for jail inmates
  • Require school relationship with a mental health provider
  • Increase mental health professionals & services
  • More community paramedicine programs
  • Provide more accommodations for pregnant workers

Other areas were also listed on the agenda including economy, infrastructure and good government. Education/workforce and public health, however, listed many more specific priorities than any other area of focus.

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