Indianapolis This Week: Guests discuss Carrier, Donald Trump
7:09 PM, Mar 5, 2016
6:45 PM, Mar 6, 2016
On Indianapolis This Week, guests discussed Carrier's plan to relocate 1,400 jobs to Monterrey, Mexico, Donald Trump, and what lawmakers have accomplished at the Statehouse this session.
On Wednesday, Gov. Mike Pence met with Robert McDonough, President of United Technologies Climate, Controls and Security, at the Statehouse. Carrier is a unit of United Technologies.
Pence called the meeting "frank and productive" and said company executives told him the decision had nothing to do with the business environment in Indiana, but that they were frustrated with a "rising tide of red tape" in Washington, D.C.
On Indianapolis This Week, Call 6 Investigates Rafael Sanchez sat down with Governor Pence for an exclusive interview to discuss the meeting.
"We're 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 and I just communicated to them that if there is 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," he said.
Sen. Joe Donnelly also weighs in on the company's plan to relocate jobs to Mexico. Earlier this week he said he did not buy the company's claims that federal regulations were behind the decision to move jobs to Mexico.
“They’ve never cited a single regulation in regards to this and said that the regulations in Mexico are exactly the same as in the United States. It’s real clear what this is about. This is about Carrier chasing Mexican wages at $3 an hour, that’s what this is about," he said Thursday.
Plus, Statehouse Reporter Katie Heinz sits down with House Speaker Brian Bosma to get his perspective on Carrier.
"It's very clear that we have to turn federal regulation back. We've done a great job of that here in Indiana," he said.
He also addressed how he feels about the session heading into the final week.
"Much has been accomplished on the big issues that we had declared at the start of the session, a lot of positive education issues, supportive of teachers and schools, testing, test reformation is in the works and we'll come to a conclusion on all of those," he said.
Plus, meet the Indiana Republican leader who does not want Trump to get the Republican nomination.
"I've given a lot of thought. There is an anger, an anxiety, a huge worry within the American populous about the future of the country to the point where I think people are looking for a strong voice, but they've found the wrong strong voice," he said.