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Connecticut's governor has taken a swipe at Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Pence’s plan to divert Syrian refugees away from Indiana.

Dan Malloy (D-CT) spoke about a family of three refugees from Syria who were sent to his state rather than their initial destination of the Indianapolis area. The diversion came on the heels of last Friday’s Paris attacks and just days before they were to arrive in Indiana.

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 At least two Syrian families are being redirected to other states after Governor Mike Pence’s decision to temporarily bar them from entering Indiana.

According to letters the director of Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration sent to Exodus Refugee Immigration and Catholic Charities Indianapolis, a Syrian couple and their 5-year-old was scheduled to arrive in Indiana on Thursday. That family’s now in Connecticut.

The other family was supposed to come to Indiana next month.

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Governor Mike Pence is suspending the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana, one of several governors to take this step in the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks in France.

 

Governor Mike Pence announced Monday the state will suspend its resettlement program for Syrian refugees until the federal government assures him proper security measures are in place.

 

Senate Pro Tem David Long says he supports the governor’s decision.

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Governor Mike Pence says he welcomes House Democrats to the road funding conversation but believes their $2 billion infrastructure proposal could bankrupt the state.  

Pence still doesn’t have an answer for how local communities fit into his own roads plan.

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Indiana House Democrats this week unveiled their proposal to solve some of the state’s road maintenance issues.  The Minority Leader says it goes further than the governor’s plan by providing help to local communities.

The House Democrats’ plan would divert sales tax revenues on gasoline and special fuels to road maintenance.  Minority Leader Scott Pelath says that would have generated $525 million this year and, under the Democrats’ proposal, would have been split between state and local roads, with 53 percent to the state and 47 percent to locals.

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Governor Pence plans to roll out a legislative agenda for the upcoming session sometime next month.

Pence has already announced plans to seek a billion-dollar commitment for road and bridge maintenance, and he says he'll have economic proposals beyond that.

Pence notes he’s also announced plans to ask for a safety net for teachers and schools as ISTEP transitions to new state standards.

“I’m having conversations already with members of the General Assembly about how we make sure that the new test results don’t impact teacher pay or bonuses,” Pence says.

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Indiana Republican leaders are mostly staying out of the free-for-all GOP primary for president -- at least for now.

Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann is Carly Fiorina's state co-chair, and Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4th) has endorsed Marco Rubio (R-FL). But the rest of Indiana's top Republicans are so far keeping a low profile.

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Governor Pence says he's not ruling out modifying Indiana's school accountability grades to adjust for the transition to new state standards, but says he won't support a complete pause in those grades.

The shift to a tougher exam is expected to reduce the number of passing scores on ISTEP by one-fourth. Pence announced Tuesday he's working with legislators to ensure the predicted drop doesn't jeopardize teachers' evaluations or performance bonuses.

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Gov. Mike Pence says he’s working with legislators to ensure Indiana’s transition to new academic standards and a new standardized test shouldn’t affect teacher evaluations or performance pay. 

In a letter sent Tuesday to state Superintendent Glenda Ritz and members of the State Board of Education, Pence points out that states tend to see a decrease in student test scores when they transition to new  standards. 

He says given that Indiana is in this situation, the state's response should “reflect fairness” to students and teachers. 

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A group of Indiana climate scientists say the Pence administration doesn’t understand the science of climate change and needs to take action to address the issue.

Gabriel Filippelli is an IUPUI earth sciences professor and led a group of scientists in penning a letter to Governor Mike Pence.  Filippelli says the reality of climate change – and that humans are largely responsible for it – is no longer debated by the scientific community. 

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