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.
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.
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.
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.