Mike Pence

Pence names ISDA and FSSA directors

Jan 17, 2013
Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

A Clinton County resident is the new director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Gina Sheets takes over the position in the new Pence administration.

She has worked in the department since 2009, serving as its director of economic development and international trade. Prior to that, Sheets was the C.E.O. of the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce.

She and her husband own a farm outside of Frankfort where they raise livestock, rainbow trout, and produce.

Democratic lawmakers say it’s time for Indiana to begin a serious discussion about healthcare, including potential expansion of Medicaid.  They have proposed legislation dealing with implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The proposed bill authored by Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) would create a state-run healthcare exchange – a kind of marketplace for insurance companies and customers. It also would expand the state’s Medicaid program to add as many as 400,000 Hoosiers.

Governor Mike Pence wants a one percent increase for K through 12 school funding in each of the next two years, but schools would have to earn the extra money in the second year. 

The governor’s budget includes around $190 million in additional funding for K-12 schools.  Some, like Representative Terry Goodin (D-Crothersville) says that’s not enough.

“Our public schools are the number one economic development tool in our state.  So if that’s the case, we need to fund those economic development tools properly.  One percent’s probably not going to do that.”

Governor Mike Pence went straight to work after being sworn in Monday, signing 15 executive orders. That includes a measure stripping some authority away from the incoming state superintendent of public instruction.

One of Pence’s first acts in office was to rescind an executive order signed by former Governor Mitch Daniels.  The new order shifts oversight of the Education Employment Relations Board from the state superintendent to the governor, where it had historically been before Daniels changed it.  The board settles teacher contract disputes.

Pence takes oath of office as governor

Jan 14, 2013

Indiana is poised for greatness – that’s the assessment of Governor Mike Pence. The Republican took the oath of office and addressed a crowd outside the Statehouse during his inauguration Monday morning.

Pence says there is much work to be done. He says state government and all Hoosiers must be bold, optimistic and relentless in improving the state and the lives of its citizens.

Along with Pence, Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann and Attorney General Greg Zoeller took the oath of office.

Below is Governor Mike Pence's inauguraton address:

In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, gun control advocates across the country – including Indiana – are making a renewed push to tighten restrictions on gun sales. However, they’re getting mixed messages from the incoming Pence administration.

Indiana faith leaders and anti-gun violence advocates are calling for action in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.  They want Hoosiers to demand reform of the state’s gun laws.

Christ Church Dean Stephen Carlsen, who hosted a Thursday prayer service at the downtown Indianapolis cathedral, said he wanted people to leave there comforted, but not comfortable.

All of the speakers, including Sikh interfaith leader K.P. Singh say the country can no longer afford to wait for action in helping curb gun violence.

The Indiana State Police will have a new superintendent when Governor-elect Mike Pence takes office. ISP veteran Doug Carter will replace Superintendent Paul Whitesell in January.

Carter spent 18 years as a state police trooper before serving two terms as Hamilton County Sheriff.  Pence notes that during Carter’s tenure, Hamilton County became only the second county in the state to earn national accreditation.

Governor-elect Mike Pence says his response to the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting will include a review of Indiana school safety.

Pence says his budget proposal to the General Assembly will include an appropriation for a comprehensive evaluation of school security measures.  He says Indiana is already the only state in the nation that requires each school to have a trained and certified school safety specialist on-site.

State revenues in November continued to surge above the most recent forecasts, putting the state on the road to another yearly surplus.  However, as lawmakers and the newly-elected governor prepare their budget proposals, this month’s upcoming revenue forecast is key.