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2:18 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Indiana Gov. Pence Unveils 'HIP 2.0,' a Proposed Expansion of State Health Plan

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.    

Pence rolled out his "HIP 2.0" proposal Thursday morning during an event in Indianapolis. The plan would create two tiers of the Healthy Indiana Plan and expand the state's hospital assessment fee to cover the cost.

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2:14 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Indiana's Proposed New Education Standards Available for Review

The final draft of Indiana's proposed new education standards is now available online for public viewing.

The Indiana Department of Education has released the proposed guidelines for what students should learn in each grade.          

A panel including Gov. Mike Pence, education officials, business leaders and teachers is set to vote Monday on whether to endorse the new math and English benchmarks.

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12:42 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's Chief of Staff Stepping Down

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One of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's closest confidants is leaving the Statehouse to start a political consulting firm.    

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.

Pence called Smith's contributions to his administration "incalculable" and thanked him for his service. While Smith's formal work with the governor's office is ending, he is expected to continue as a political adviser.

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4:55 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Officials Responding to Propane Gas Shortages in Indiana, Kentucky

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says the state is working to help Hoosiers alleviate a shortage of propane gas.

Supplies of propane are running low throughout much of the country. 

In Indiana, use is high in the midst of one of the harshest winters in recent years.  That comes after a wet growing season that forced farmers to use more propane for drying grain.

"Today, I am declaring an energy emergency and suspending limitations on divisible loads for propane suppliers," Pence announced Wednesday. 

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3:42 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Preschool Voucher Plan Sails Through Indiana House

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The Indiana House of Representatives has approved a pilot program that would pay for low-income children to attend preschool.

The  House measure won bipartisan support today.

Under the program, families earning less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level would get state aid to send their children to preschool.

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.

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11:45 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Indiana Lawmaker Appointed to Auditor's Post

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has named state Rep. Suzanne Crouch as the new state auditor.

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.

Crouch will serve out the remainder of former Auditor Tim Berry's term.

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4:53 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Indiana Education Officials Meet With Mediator

Indiana Department of Education

A national mediator called into help with Indiana’s ongoing education battle says she sees progress between the two sides.

Kris Amundson guided the members of the State Board of Education through a three-hour discussion of their roles Wednesday.  

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.

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11:11 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Indiana State Auditor Dwayne Sawyer Resigning

Dwayne Sawyer, left, was introduced as Indiana's new auditor by Gov. Mike Pence in August
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Indiana's state auditor is resigning just a few months after taking office.

The governor's office says Republican Auditor Dwayne Sawyer has submitted his resignation from the statewide office effective Dec. 15.

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.

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4:36 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Board Meeting Walkout Deepens Rift Between Indiana Schools Chief, Governor

Indiana Department of Education

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.

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.

Ritz, a Democrat who is also the board’s chairwoman, said later at a press conference streamed by WRTV in Indianapolis that the proposal was improper.

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11:32 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Indiana Schools Chief Calls For Cooperation to 'Transform' Schools

Indiana School Superintendent Glenda Ritz says Indiana residents and political leaders need to work together to "transform" education for all students.  

The Democratic schools chief wrote in an open letter 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.

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