Indiana State Auditor Dwayne Sawyer will step down just four months after taking the job.
Governor Mike Pence appointed Sawyer in August, replacing now-State Republican Party Chair Tim Berry.
Sawyer was the first African-American Republican to hold statewide office. The Brownsburg native submitted his letter of resignation to Pence Monday. In it, Sawyer cites personal and family concerns as the reason for his departure.
Pence says he wants to assure Hoosiers that Sawyer’s job performance had nothing to do with his resignation.
Governor Mike Pence announced Friday that he’s asked a national group to facilitate a discussion “within the State Board of Education,” hoping to de-escalate the tensions among Indiana’s top education policymakers. Pence’s announcement comes two days after State Superintendent Glenda Ritz abruptly adjourned a meeting of the State Board without a vote.
State superintendent Glenda Ritz abruptly ended a meeting of the State Board of Education without a vote Wednesday, but board members refused to leave. The tense situation is part of a power struggle between Ritz and the State Board for control of the state’s education agenda.
Directly at issue was a motion State Board member Brad Oliver offered during Wednesday’s meeting. He wanted to authorize staff for Governor Mike Pence’s newly-created education agency, which oversees the State Board, to take a formal role in reviewing the state’s academic standards.
Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg says he won’t run for governor of Indiana again.
In a statement, the former Indiana House Speaker says he has not stopped working since his electoral loss to Mike Pence last November. The Sandborn Democrat says he’s met with party leaders and elected officials and planned on being the Democratic nominee for governor in 2016.
However, now despite what he calls “overwhelming support and encouragement to make another run,” he says he will not seek the nomination, opting instead to focus on his family.
Indiana House Minority Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) says the state Inspector General’s investigation into the school grade changing scandal involving former State Superintendent Tony Bennett is taking too long.
Indiana’s new Regional Works Councils have a deadline fast approaching – and only one of the 11 councils has met.
The Works Councils – an initiative of Governor Mike Pence that was made a reality by legislation passed this year – are meant to boost career and technical education on a regional basis, connecting local business needs with education efforts. The members of each board were named only last month and their first reports to the state’s Education Roundtable are due November 1.
Still, Pence says he’s confident the work will be done on time.
Governor Mike Pence expressed frustration with the federal government shutdown Friday, calling on the president and congressional leaders to find common ground.
Earlier this week, Pence made remarks that seemingly indicated he thought the government shutdown was worthwhile. On Friday, the governor said he was speaking broadly about efforts to repeal or delay the Affordable Care Act and that he’s disappointed in the shutdown. He also called out the Obama administration, saying the president needs to take the lead in working out a deal in Congress.
More than 36,000 low-income Hoosiers with health insurance through the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) will get to keep their coverage for another year. Indiana reached an agreement with the federal government for an extension of the state’s health insurance program through 2014.
Under HIP’s one year extension, the program will undergo some changes. Currently, a family of four earning about $47,000 annually, which is 200% of the federal poverty level, is eligible for the program; that income threshold will be lowered to 100%, roughly $23,000 a year for that family of four.