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Holcomb set to deliver sixth State of the State address


Gov. Eric Holcomb will deliver his sixth State of the State address tonight to a joint session of the Indiana General Assembly.

It’s a return to normal for the governor’s annual speech after a change in tradition last year.

COVID-19 and other disruptions last year meant Holcomb prerecorded his State of the State speech, off-site from the Statehouse. This year, as COVID-19 precautions have been abandoned at the legislature, the governor will deliver his address in the Indiana House chamber, in front of lawmakers, government officials, special guests and media.

He’s expected to discuss his 2022 agenda, which is headlined by a proposed business tax cut. There are those who will also be listening to discover whether Holcomb will address a key disagreement with Republican lawmakers – whether to curb private companies from imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The governor opposes restrictions on what those companies can do.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.