One of the most arduous jobs in America these days is being a governor of one of 50 states. The Trump administration has essentially kicked the response to the coronavirus pandemic to the states, and so Gov. Eric Holcomb and his 49 cohorts have had to make unprecedented decisions that have impacted millions of people.

Since that decision (to shut the state down), at this writing there have been 1,764 deaths, 29,936 total cases, and 202,995 tests. All of these health stats are significantly below what experts say the real numbers are. Nearly 650,000 Hoosiers have filed for unemployment compensation and many of the state’s 500,000 small businesses are vulnerable. These statistics form the basis for the policy tug-o-war Holcomb and other governors face.

Brian A. Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana at Find Howey on Facebook and Twitter @hwypol.

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