Response from Indiana Competes to Governor Pence’s State of the State Address January 12, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 12, 2016) –  The statement below is to be attributed to Peter Hanscom, initiative manager for Indiana Competes.

“Despite months of conversations with business leaders, we are disappointed that Governor Pence has shown no leadership tonight toward ending legal discrimination in Indiana. He had an opportunity to lead our state and call for decisive action to show that Indiana is a welcoming state, but his rhetoric indicates he is willing to let Indiana be a state that welcomes most, not all.

“While Governor Pence emphasized tonight that Hoosiers should not be harassed or mistreated, he said nothing about condemning Hoosiers being fired, removed from their home or denied public service because of who they are.

“Hoosiers have seen how vulnerable our economy can be to negative public perception that we are not a welcoming state. A clear majority of Hoosiers support banning discrimination against gay and transgender Hoosiers, and it’s time for our elected officials to lead and find a solution that ensures equal rights for all. In order for Indiana to achieve long-term success in a global economy, we must continue to push forward working with Governor Pence and the General Assembly to find a common-sense solution that protects the reputation of our state’s economy.”