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Ind. governor talks teacher pay in State of the State Address

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INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA21) - Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb spoke to the general assembly and Hoosiers in his annual State of the State Address Tuesday evening.

The speech began with a roar of applause inside the statehouse.

One of the most anticipated talking points of the address was teacher pay.

Back in November, about 15,000 educators rallied at the statehouse for a number of issues.

One of the issues was a call for increasing teacher pay.

Gov. Holcomb introduced his proposal to spend $250 million from the state's surplus, generating $50 million a year for teacher pay in the next 15 years.

Holcomb also stated he wants to make the unpaid externship requirement for teachers optional, which was one of the rallying points for educators taking part in Red for Ed.

The governor also teased a $400 million investment from Fiat-Chrysler in Kokomo, Indiana.

Falling in line with new federal guidelines on raising the smoking and vaping age to 21 years old, Holcomb said he wants to increase the penalties to those who sell tobacco products to minors.

"If you sell to our kids, we're coming after you," Gov. Holcomb said.

Proposals like these would need to go through the general assembly for approval.

Indiana House Democrats responded to his speech on a Facebook live, including Indiana House Democratic Leader Phil GiaQuinta.

You can read a transcript of his speech below:

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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