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Gov. Eric Holcomb on Tuesday gave his State of the State address virtually and laid out his agenda for the year. Here is the full text of his prepared speech, along with annotations by IndyStar reporters Arika Herron and Kaitlin Lange. Click on the yellow highlighted text for their additional context and analysis. (Don’t see the highlights? Go here. ) My fellow Hoosiers. It’s an honor to once again discuss with you this evening the State of our State and the work before us to make life better for all Hoosiers. This annual update will be unlike any other. For tonight, I stand before you in a studio with nothing in between me and you. We’re not surrounded by all the grandeur inside the State House of Representatives chamber or before a packed house of legislative leaders and guests who have all contributed so much to the well-being of our great state. Rather, we are here, and not there, because we are living in a time when practicing safety first” has never been more important. So much of our daily lives this past year has been different: The way we interact with family and friends. The way, the when, the where, and the how we work. How we go to school. How we enjoy our leisure. How we deal with the grip and grief of loneliness and loss, including the 9,000 Hoosiers who have died of COVID-19 over just the last 10 months. And how we process our sense […]