Tristate Homepage: Greater Evansville Area awarded $50M in READI grants
Don’t Forget: The American Rescue Plan provides historic investments in the state’s READI program
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today asked Governor Eric Holcomb to be honest about the real reason behind Evansville and Vanderburgh County’s bright economic future: the American Rescue Plan. Holcomb is expected to join the Evansville Regional Economic Partnership for a Q&A this morning, and there’s no doubt he’ll tout the state’s READI program as the reason why the community has better days ahead.
But here’s the kicker: President Joe Biden’s Rescue Plan is paying for the programs Holcomb will celebrate during today’s luncheon.
“Governor Eric Holcomb owes President Joe Biden a big ‘thank you’ for fully-funding the state’s READI program. Thanks to Indiana Democrats, new workforce and economic opportunities will help communities like Vanderburgh County thrive,” said Lauren Ganapini, executive director of the Indiana Democratic Party. “Unfortunately, Holcomb’s Indiana Republican Party said ‘NO’ to the projects the governor celebrates because they put their extremist views ahead of the kitchen-table issues that matter most to Hoosiers. The Indiana GOP: no plans, just extreme partisanship.”
Vanderburgh County and the City of Evansville have a brighter future ahead because of the American Rescue Plan. Thanks to Indiana Democrats, about $102.5 million was provided to the community to help recover from lost revenues caused by the pandemic. The state’s READI program also announced about a $50 million investment for regional economic development projects in the community. Finally, about $24 million was sent to area schools to keep our children safe during COVID-19. Simply put: Democrats delivered for Hoosiers when it mattered most.
In contrast, the Indiana Republican Party – including Governor Holcomb – said “NO” to this brighter future. Politicians like Todd Young and Larry Bucshon voted “NO” on these investments, and Indiana GOP Chairman Kyle Hupfer even claimed this opposition was a “great campaign to run on”. It’s become quite clear that while Democrats are creating a better future for Hoosiers, the Indiana GOP has no plan for the state – just an extremist agenda.