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Guest column: Pence says pre-K must come without ‘federal intrusion’

By Mike Pence Indiana governor Earlier this year our state made history by approving the first state-funded, pre-kindergarten grant program for low-income families in Indiana. The General Assembly enacted bipartisan legislation to launch a five-county pilot the Indiana way, with $10 million in state funds combined with matching funds from each county. Along with local […]

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Pence won’t seek federal dollars to expand pre-K

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has opted to end Indiana’s bid for up to $80 million in federal pre-kindergarten funding, a move that appeases some conservatives as he mulls a 2016 presidential run. Pence says he’s concerned about strings attached to the money. But Democrats complained Thursday that the Republican governor […]

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State distributes $1.2 million to domestic violence shelters

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state has approved the distribution of $1.2 million in additional funding for Indiana’s domestic violence shelters. The money had already been earmarked for the programs but the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute board had delayed its distribution to gather more information and confirm the money will be spent to […]

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Analysis: Pence relationships will be vital in decision about White House run

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As the speculation of possible 2016 presidential candidates continues, Gov. Mike Pence has done nothing to quell the rumors about his political aspirations. Although his recent activities seem to suggest he is considering setting his trajectory for the White House, Pence has yet to confirm – or deny – […]

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Pence says he’s confident Hoosier health workers can handle Ebola

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence appeared on a webcast with health care workers Thursday to talk about Ebola and the state’s preparations should the disease arrive in the state. “At this time, we have no reported cases of Ebola virus in Indiana,” Pence said. “However, there is no doubt that the […]

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Anesthesiologist will be state’s new health commissioner

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – There’s a new doc in charge at the Indiana State Department of Health. Gov. Mike Pence on Wednesday appointed Dr. Jerome Adams to serve as the agency’s commissioner. He replaces Dr. William VanNess, who announced his resignation in August. Pence said Adams’ “public service and academic achievements” make him an […]

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Land-based casinos, live dealers among changes study committee likely to recommend

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Live dealers in race-track casinos. Riverboat gambling operations rebuilt on land. And more assistance for a resort in French Lick. Those are among the ideas that a panel of lawmakers appears increasingly likely to recommend to try to prop up a gambling industry rocked by competition from Ohio and […]

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Pence, utility leaders plan 1-day mission trip to Toronto

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence and a delegation of business and utility leaders will leave Wednesday for a one-day jobs mission to Toronto, a trip aimed at strengthening the state’s economic ties to Canada. “Canada is already the destination for billions of dollars’ worth of Hoosier-built products,” Pence said in a statement. […]

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Business, philanthropic leaders urge expansion of preschool pilot program

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers should act quickly to expand a preschool pilot program – one that’s not even yet underway – when they meet for their budget-writing session next year, business and nonprofit leaders said Monday. “We simply can’t afford to let this session be one of inaction,” said Connie Bond Stuart, […]

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Pence meets with HHS secretary to talk health care

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence met Monday with a key federal official in his quest to win approval for an expansion of a health care plan for low-income Hoosiers. Pence  characterized his conversation with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell as “substantive” but he said differences remain between what […]

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