The need to "work with local government rather than against it" is something Gregg believes is necessary to strengthen Indiana for the future. "We need to quit hamstringing local government and good things will fall into place," he suggested.
"Sadly, under Mike Pence, Indiana has been given a bad name. While working Hoosiers are falling further and further behind, he's been focused on social issues and telling people how they should live their lives. That's not the business of a governor or any government."
Lugar characterized himself as a loyal and knowledgeable public servant. Lugar revealed his vulnerability in an election season that hasn't been all that friendly to incumbents.
Analysts watching this race portray it as a referendum on the incumbent and a call for a fresh GOP face in the upper chamber.
The idea, that no worker should be forced to pay union dues as a condition of keeping a job, is simple, and just. But the benefits in new jobs would be large: a third or more of growing or relocating businesses will not consider a state that does not provide workers this protection. Almost half our fellow states have right to work laws. As a group, they are adding jobs faster, growing worker income faster, and enjoying lower unemployment rates than those of us without a law.
Among the minority favoring the status quo, passion on this issue is strong, and I respect that. I did not come lightly, or quickly, to the stance I take now. If this proposal limited in any way the right to organize, I would not support it. But we just cannot go on missing out on the middle class jobs our state needs, just because of this one issue.
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