INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric Holcomb delivered his seventh State of the State address on Tuesday.

In his address, Holcomb spoke about his recently proposed $5.5 billion in new spending over the next two years across several areas, including public health, education and law enforcement.

“The state of our state is strong and about to get stronger,” Holcomb said.

Holcomb is calling for $347 million in state funding for public health over the next two years.

“Our life expectancy in Indiana has declined in recent years, specifically among those who are front and center to our future, working-age adults between 25 and 64 years old,” he said.

Highlights of Holcomb’s proposal also include nearly $1.2 billion in K-12 school tuition support and raising starting pay for state troopers to $70,000 a year.

Holcomb also wants to end textbook and curriculum fees for all public and charter school students. One of his special guests at the address, parent Mandy Allen, paid $630 this year for books for her four kids, he said.

“Let’s cover the full cost of curriculum fees paid for by parents so that folks like Mandy don’t have to pay this dreadful bill ever again,” Holcomb said.

Holcomb also announced a new 62.3-mile long trail that would stretch across southern Indiana and called for ending textbook and curriculum fees for all children in public and charter K-12 schools.

Watch Holcomb’s State of the State address: