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Governor Pence Appears on Indianapolis This Week
Start Date: 3/6/2016Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/6/2016
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Indianapolis — Today, Governor Mike Pence appeared on Indianapolis This Week. The interview was taped  in the Governor’s Office on Wednesday, March 2 following his meeting with Carrier and United Technologies executives.  Below is a transcription of his interview.

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Rafael Sanchez, RTV 6: Governor, thank you so much for your time. You met with Carrier’s top executive, Robert McDonough. He oversees the Carrier division for United Technologies. You met for over an hour. You called it frank and productive. What did you mean by that?

Governor Mike Pence: Well, I think we expressed our profound disappointment on behalf of all the families that will be impacted by Carrier and United Technologies’ decision to leave Indiana for Mexico. And frankly, we also expressed disappointment in the way it was handled. Our administration almost learned about this in the newspaper, and that’s just unacceptable given the longstanding relationship that the people of Indiana and the state of Indiana has had with this company. We were disappointed with the way it was handled. We communicated that. But we were very straightforward about our desire to do everything in our power to save these jobs and, at minimum, to make sure that the workers and their families are given the benefits that they have earned and the opportunities that they deserve.

Rafael Sanchez, RTV 6: What should have Carrier done, considering the fact that they had received, in the past, hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax credits, state grants. How would you have wanted this to have happened? Did you want a call? Did you want a letter or an email? What would have been the better protocol? And I ask that in the event that there’s another company out there that may be thinking of doing the same thing.

Governor Mike Pence: Well, look, the state of Indiana has had a strong working relationship with Carrier. This is a great company that’s been in Indiana for decades. It’s a tremendous workforce and enjoys a great reputation. And the state of Indiana has, in this administration and previous administrations, offered incentives, training dollars, and that’s been a great investment for Indiana. There’s been a partnership there and I would have hoped, in any case as we did in the recent DowDuPont merger, that when things are beginning to change that we would be given the opportunity, before decisions get very far down the road, to see how we might be able to work to have a positive outcome for the workers and for their families. We are still holding out hope. No final decisions have been made with regard to Indianapolis. Huntington is clearly closing down in the next three years and moving jobs to Mexico. But with regard to some 1,400 jobs here in Indianapolis, those negotiations are ongoing. I just communicated to them that if there’s a proper role for the state of Indiana to come alongside and help reach a solution that keeps those jobs here, we’re prepared to do that. I just would have liked the opportunity to be involved in that conversation sooner.

Rafael Sanchez, RTV 6: Governor, I traveled to Monterrey, Mexico on behalf of RTV 6 – did you see those stories by chance? And we talked to regular people there in Monterrey. And some of them said they could not afford this $3 an hour proposition being offered to the workers in Monterrey. When Mr. McDonough was walking into your office, I asked him, ‘would he take a job for $3 an hour?’ Can we compete against countries that are paying their employees $3 an hour – whether it’s Mexico or Thailand or Vietnam?

Governor Pence: Well one of the great things about Indiana’s economy today is that we do that every day. The workers in Indiana, I think, are the best in the country and the best in the world. Our productivity is second to none. In fact, at the Carrier facility here in Indianapolis they have a gold-star rating in productivity and even after the heartbreaking news a few weeks ago, productivity has still remained very high. Our workers in Indiana know how to make things, practice excellence, and that’s why you see our manufacturing economy growing. That’s what really makes this decision so incomprehensible to me and in our meeting I pressed Bob McDonough on that point. I said, we’ve got companies moving into Indiana from around the country and around the world. We’re the leading manufacturing state in the country. After he told me their decision had nothing to do with the business environment in the state of Indiana, he talked about federal regulations. He talked about the Department of Energy. He talked about the EPA and the fact that in their industry, seven of their competitors are already in Mexico today. Pointing to the excessive - not his words but mine - avalanche of red tape under this current administration that has been driving jobs out of this country. That’s got to change. At the end of the day, if you can lose jobs from the best manufacturing state in America with the best business environment in America and see those jobs go to Mexico, then something has got to change in this country.

Rafael Sanchez, RTV 6: I want to thank you, as always, for being accessible and your hospitality. I do appreciate that, Governor. Thank you so much.

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