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General News
2:05 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Governor praises response to the winter storm

State officials say they’re meeting the challenges presented by the winter storm, but admit the work is not done yet.

Governor Mike Pence says the frigid cold is still dangerous and Hoosiers should stay home if they don’t need to go out.

He’s declaring a state of emergency for 27 counties, and says more could be added to the list.

Indiana State Police superintendent Doug Carter says the crisis center will continue operating until late Tuesday. More than 300 troopers are on patrol or helping coordinate activities Monday.

General News
10:32 am
Sat January 4, 2014

Pence urges Hoosiers to prepare for winter storm

Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement Saturday in advance of the winter weather heading to Indiana:

“In preparation for the inclement weather, I encourage Hoosiers to assemble an emergency preparedness kit with plenty of non-perishable food and water, fill any necessary prescriptions, ensure they have a safe heating source, avoid unnecessary travel, and be careful if they must be outside.

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Education
9:38 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Pre-K voucher program could cost IN $60M

One of Governor Mike Pence’s legislative priorities is passing a voucher-style pre-K program for four year olds. While there’s popular support for early learning among Hoosier lawmakers, it would not be cheap.

About 10,000 of the roughly 40,000 low-income kids who would qualify for state-funded preschool each year under Pence’s proposal are already enrolled in Head Start. And it’s unlikely that every one of the remaining 30,000 four year olds would participate, says Brookings Institute fellow Russ Whitehurst.

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Government
12:59 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Pence proposes billion dollar cities initiative

Governor Mike Pence says Indiana needs to help its cities invest a billion dollars over the next decade to make themselves more attractive to businesses and talent.  He is calling it his “billion dollar cities” plan.

Pence says young professionals are increasingly deciding where they want to live before looking for a job, meaning it’s become more important for Indiana’s mid-size cities to improve what he calls “quality of place.”  And Pence says that covers a wide range of issues.

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Government
4:46 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Sawyer resigns as state auditor

Gov. Mike Pence listens to Dwayne Sawyer after he is sworn in as the new State Auditor. (Aug, 2013)
Credit State of Indiana

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.

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General News
9:07 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Governor Pence to tour storm ravaged communities, including Lafayette

Governor Mike Pence will tour Indiana communities hit by yesterday's storms.

That includes Lafayette, where the governor will join Mayor Tony Roswarski to see the damage in and around the city.

Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita (roh KEE tuh) is expected to join Pence on the tour.

Education
4:46 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Pence suggests national organization should help SBOE

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.

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Education
8:23 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Rift between Ritz, SBOE widens

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. 

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Election & Politics
11:51 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Gregg decides against another campaign

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.

Government
3:49 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

INDOT, Amtrak reach 1 yr agreement on Hoosier State line

The Hoosier State passenger rail line will keep running for another year after the state reached an agreement Tuesday with Amtrak just hours before funding was scheduled to run out. 

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