Indiana Governor and Donald Trump VP Candidate Mike Pence talks a big talk about his role in growing Indiana’s economy. The problem? The numbers don’t back up his claims at all.
Last week, Pence went on record as saying “In my home state of Indiana, we prove every day that you can build a growing economy on balanced budgets, low taxes, even while making record investments in education and roads and health care,” he said to the adoring audience. “Indiana is a state that works because conservative principles work every time you put them into practice.”
He went on to list tax cuts, a growing state labor force, and the creation of “nearly 150,000 new jobs” as evidence of this claim, closing with “That’s what you can do with common sense Republican leadership.”
But how common sense is his leadership?
The state’s population has increased by a whopping 9% during Pence’s time in office, skewing workforce numbers in his favor. It’s true the unemployment rate has decreased during his time in office, but it was already on a very steady downward trend long before he took office.
Read the numbers for yourself here.
Seems more like a person who was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time than common sense leadership to me.