"I know it's a challenge to put together a new administration. I know it's a challenge to come from Washington and work in the legislative branch and be pressed into an executive role," Pelath said, referring to the fact that Pence left Congress on Jan. 3. "He can still take advantage of this, he still has time, but we can't let time waste away."
A Pence spokeswoman declined to comment on Pelath's critiques.
Pence has argued since taking office that cutting the personal income tax by 10 percent is the best jobs plan available to Indiana residents. He is also traveling the state pushing for improved vocational training in Indiana schools.
The new governor has also introduced a two-year budget that includes many of his priorities but has yet to formally endorse the proposals that lawmakers say he has asked them shepherd for him. Lawmakers need to know more about exactly what Pence is seeking, Pelath said.
"When Gov. (Mitch) Daniels started, you knew which bills were his," Pelath said. "I didn't agree with a lot of those bills, but you knew which were his."