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Business was front and center during Gov. Mike Pence’s State of the State address earlier this month. Whether it was calling for eliminating Indiana’s business personal property tax, building roads and putting more Hoosiers to work, or more closely aligning education with the needs of employers, making Indiana competitive and prosperous was the underlying theme for the governor’s remarks.

Pence was proud of the fact — and rightfully so — that Indiana added more than 47,000 private-sector jobs last year, that since 2009 the state has had the fifth-fastest private-sector job growth rate in the country and that the state’s unemployment rate had dropped by 1.3 percent during the past 12 months.

“In November, one out of every eight jobs created in this country was created right here in Indiana,” Pence said.

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