January is the month for the State of the Entity speech by chief executives. We have the state of the union, the state, the city and, some places, the county. Most such speeches are recitations of “successes” and outlines of ideas for the future.
It is a fine tradition that is sometimes inspirational, sometimes informative, and too often meaningless.
Gov. Mike Pence maintained the tradition. The intent of each specific proposal was to further the state according to the governor’s general philosophy. Hence, pre-kindergarten was endorsed with no assurances that the health and safety of children would be safeguarded better than they are currently in many religious-affiliated day care centers.