Suzanne Crouch

Indiana’s Connie Lawson will lead the National Association of Secretaries of State for the next year.

The Hoosier Secretary of State was officially installed as president Monday as the group wrapped up its annual conference, held this weekend in Indianapolis.

Lawson says her new role in the organization is an extension of her commitment to Hoosiers.

“I mean, it’s important, obviously, for Indiana to have a seat at the table. If you don’t have a seat, you don’t have a voice, so it’s important for us to have that voice on the commission,” Lawson says.

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Two candidates for Indiana Lieutenant Governor met Tuesday in a debate that touched on topics ranging from rural and agricultural issues to infrastructure, government regulation, and annexation.

An oft-mentioned issue was the need for greater broadband accessibility in rural Indiana.

Republican Suzanne Crouch says more private grants are becoming available to address that issue.

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The Indiana Republican Party’s gubernatorial ticket is now set, with Eric Holcomb and Suzanne Crouch running for governor and lieutenant governor.

Crouch is looking to make another move up the political ladder. The current State Auditor has been a county auditor, county commissioner and state representative. And she says those experiences will help inform her run for lieutenant governor.

“I understand local government,” she said today. “I’ve walked in their shoes and I know how important sound fiscal management is to the success of all of us.”

Holcomb Chooses State Auditor Crouch As Running Mate

Jul 29, 2016
Courtesy Suzanne Crouch, State Auditor

Indiana Republican governor candidate Eric Holcomb says State Auditor Suzanne Crouch will be his running mate on the November ballot.

Holcomb, who in March was sworn in as lieutenant governor, was nominated this week by the Indiana Republican State Committee to run for governor after Pence accepted Donald Trump's invitation to run for U.S. Vice President.

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Governor Mike Pence Thursday proudly touted Indiana’s continued fiscal strength as he closed the books on the fiscal year.  But Democrats are wondering why Pence continues to order state agencies to cut their budgets.

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State Republican Party Chair Tim Berry called Tuesday’s election “Ladies Night” as all three female GOP statewide candidates earned emphatic victories. 

A little after nine P-M Tuesday, Governor Mike Pence took to the stage at state Republican Party headquarters in downtown Indianapolis.  Speaking to a crowd already buzzing with positivity on a night that was shaping up to be big for the GOP, Pence told them it was a historic night.

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After historically poor voter turnout in May’s primary election, the general election might not be much different for Indiana.  The state faces a November without a major race, such as governor or senator, at the top of the ballot. 

In fact, the title of State Auditor might be the greatest misnomer in Indiana.  The Auditor isn’t responsible for auditing state and local government; that’s the job of the State Board of Accounts and internal auditors at major state agencies such as the Family and Social Services Administration and the Department of Revenue. 

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Despite tax revenues that struggled for much of the fiscal year, Indiana closes its book with a surplus of more than $100 million and reserves topping $2 billion.  But Democrats say the state is hoarding money to make its bottom line look good.

Going into the final month of the fiscal year, Indiana was about $50 million short of expectations.  But a strong June helped the state end the year about $13 million above projected levels. 

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Indiana will close the books today on the fiscal year that ended June 30. State Auditor Suzanne Crouch updates Hoosiers on how the state’s revenues performed. 

But Crouch’s Democratic opponent in this fall’s election is accusing the Pence administration of “cooking the books.”

Indiana tax collections struggled for much of the fiscal year, prompting Pence to cut state agency and university budgets and even sell one of the state planes. 

Governor Pence names new state Auditor

Dec 17, 2013

Governor Mike Pence has named a new State Auditor.

State representative Suzanne Crouch takes over for Dwayne Sawyer, who left after only a few months on the job citing “personal reasons.”

Crouch has been State Representative for House District 78, which serves part of Vanderburgh, Warrick and Spencer Counties, since 2005. 

Before that, she served two terms as the Auditor of Vanderburgh County.

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