Indiana Gov. Mike Pence http://wfpl.org en Indiana Gov. Pence Unveils 'HIP 2.0,' a Proposed Expansion of State Health Plan http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-gov-pence-unveils-hip-20-proposed-expansion-state-health-plan <div>Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says Medicaid is a "fiscal monstrosity" and hopes a proposed an expansion of the state-run Healthy Indiana Plan will pass muster with federal officials as an alternative way to insure low-income residents. &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pence rolled out his </span><a href="http://www.in.gov/fssa/hip/index.htm" style="line-height: 1.5;">"HIP 2.0"</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> proposal Thursday morning during an event in Indianapolis. Thu, 15 May 2014 18:18:18 +0000 Tom LoBianco |Associated Press & Rick Howlett 9351 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Gov. Pence Unveils 'HIP 2.0,' a Proposed Expansion of State Health Plan Indiana's Proposed New Education Standards Available for Review http://wfpl.org/post/indianas-proposed-new-education-standards-available-review <p>The final draft of Indiana's proposed new education standards is now <a href="http://www.doe.in.gov/achievement/standards/indiana-academic-standards-review-2014-evaluation-process">available online for public viewing</a>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Indiana Department of Education has released the proposed guidelines for what students should learn in each grade. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:14:33 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 9144 at http://wfpl.org Indiana's Proposed New Education Standards Available for Review Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's Chief of Staff Stepping Down http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-gov-mike-pences-chief-staff-stepping-down <p>One of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's closest confidants is leaving the Statehouse to start a political consulting firm. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bill Smith announced Wednesday he will leave his job as Pence's chief of staff after 16 months effective May 9. Smith has been a top aide to Pence since the Republican was first elected to Congress in 2000.</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:42:00 +0000 Associated Press 9099 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's Chief of Staff Stepping Down Officials Responding to Propane Gas Shortages in Indiana, Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/officials-responding-propane-gas-shortages-indiana-kentucky <p>Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says the state is working to help Hoosiers alleviate a shortage of propane gas.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supplies of propane are running low throughout much of the country.&nbsp;</span></p><p>In Indiana, use is high in the midst of one of the harshest winters in recent years.&nbsp; That comes after a wet growing season that forced farmers to use more propane for drying grain.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:55:34 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 8409 at http://wfpl.org Officials Responding to Propane Gas Shortages in Indiana, Kentucky Preschool Voucher Plan Sails Through Indiana House http://wfpl.org/post/preschool-voucher-plan-sails-through-indiana-house <p>The Indiana House of Representatives has approved a pilot program that would pay for low-income children to attend preschool.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The &nbsp;House measure won bipartisan support today.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under the program, families earning less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level would get state aid to send their children to preschool.</span></p><p>It was first proposed by House Republicans last year and is loosely connected to Gov. Mike Pence's call for an early childhood education plan.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:42:14 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 8266 at http://wfpl.org Preschool Voucher Plan Sails Through Indiana House Indiana Lawmaker Appointed to Auditor's Post http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-lawmaker-appointed-auditors-post <p>Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has named state Rep. Suzanne Crouch as the new state auditor.</p><p>Pence named the Evansville Republican to the statewide post Monday, weeks after his previous pick, Dwayne Sawyer, announced he was stepping down after just four months on the job.</p><p>Crouch will serve out the remainder of former Auditor Tim Berry's term.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:45:03 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 7913 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Lawmaker Appointed to Auditor's Post Indiana Education Officials Meet With Mediator http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-education-officials-meet-mediator <p>A national mediator called into help with Indiana’s ongoing education battle says she sees progress between the two sides.</p><p>Kris Amundson&nbsp;guided the members of the State Board of Education through a three-hour discussion of their roles Wednesday.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>She was called in to help with an ongoing fight between Democratic schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz and board members who've been appointed by Republican governors.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:53:51 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 7780 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Education Officials Meet With Mediator Indiana State Auditor Dwayne Sawyer Resigning http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-state-auditor-dwayne-sawyer-resigning <p>Indiana's state auditor is resigning just a few months after taking office.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The governor's office says Republican Auditor Dwayne Sawyer has submitted his resignation from the statewide office effective Dec. 15.</span></p><p>Gov. Mike Pence had appointed the former Brownsburg Town Council president to the office in August to replace Tim Berry, who became the new Indiana Republican Party chairman.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:11:02 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 7693 at http://wfpl.org Indiana State Auditor Dwayne Sawyer Resigning Board Meeting Walkout Deepens Rift Between Indiana Schools Chief, Governor http://wfpl.org/post/board-meeting-walkout-deepens-rift-between-indiana-schools-chief-governor <p>A meeting of Indiana's State Board of Education turned chaotic today, with state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz abruptly announcing an adjournment and walking out.</p><p>It happened during discussion of a proposal to allow a new agency controlled by Republican Gov. Mike Pence to be involved in evaluating certain academic standards.</p><p>Ritz, a Democrat who is also the board’s chairwoman, said later at a press conference <a href="http://www.theindychannel.com/">streamed by WRTV in Indianapolis</a> that the proposal was improper.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:36:54 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 7545 at http://wfpl.org Board Meeting Walkout Deepens Rift Between Indiana Schools Chief, Governor Indiana Schools Chief Calls For Cooperation to 'Transform' Schools http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-schools-chief-calls-cooperation-transform-schools <p>Indiana School Superintendent Glenda Ritz says Indiana residents and political leaders need to work together to "transform" education for all students.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Democratic schools chief wrote in an <a href="http://www.doe.in.gov/news/ritz-shares-her-vision-indianas-educational-system">open letter</a> this week that children across the state should expect an equal chance at a good education. She writes the Department of Education of has created a division of outreach to help schools get needed resources.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:32:43 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 6632 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Schools Chief Calls For Cooperation to 'Transform' Schools