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LEADING QUESTIONS: Lead-foot Skillman takes tactful route

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Leading Questions

Welcome back to IBJ’s new video feature, “Leading Questions: Wisdom from the Corner Office.” Every week, we sit down with one of central Indiana’s most respected bosses and talk shop about the characteristics of an effective head honcho.

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman grew up near Bedford in Lawrence County and somehow managed in high school to inhabit the dual worlds of homecoming queen and late-night drag racer, competing with the local boys in her red Corvette on state highways. That flexibility and competitive streak came in handy as her interest in public service and politics led to the boys-club world of the Indiana Senate. In the video below, Skillman expands on her current role as the governor's chief consensus builder, and when strong-arm tactics should give way to gentle persuasion.


 

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  • Accountability
    The governor created a committee chaired by Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman and includes representation from the Governorâ??s Office, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to seek, prioritize and oversee the use of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for the state.

    She is the CHAIRPERSON. Guess she only wants to take credit for the good and point fingers on the bad. She must be a joy to work with.
  • Your facts are wrong
    Your facts are wrong. The Lt. Governor was put in charge of overseeing dollars that came into the state -- not pursuing competitive grants.
  • With so little formal education
    I wonder how Skillman has made it this far. Is she really good at what she does? It seems a college degree should be needed for what she does.
  • Results?
    Isn't she in charge of the states efforts in winning Billions in competitive federal grants from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act?

    Billions for High Speed Rail Plan - Rejected

    Half a Billion for Race to The Top Education Grants - Dropped Out

    Billions in High Speed Internet, Smart Grid,Telemedicine Grants - Won a million dollar grant to study the problem

    Not a record of results for someone who wants to be the next governor
    • Results?
      Isn't she in charge of the states efforts in winning Billions in competitive federal grants from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act?

      Billions for High Speed Rail Plan - Rejected

      Half a Billion for Race to The Top Education Grants - Dropped Out

      Billions in High Speed Internet, Smart Grid,Telemedicine Grants - Won a million dollar grant to study the problem

      Not a record of results for someone who wants to be the next governor
    • Always liked her
      I've always liked Becky. I don't necessarily agree with her politically but she's very respectable and personable.

      Since I grew up in Lawrence County, Becky signed my very first voter registration card when she was Recorder.

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