Evansville Republican Suzanne Crouch says her new job as Indiana State Auditor is the “best of all worlds.” Governor Mike Pence Monday announced Crouch will replace Dwayne Sawyer, who abruptly resigned last month.
Crouch is an eight-year veteran of the Indiana House. When she officially takes office January 2nd she will become the third state auditor in five months. Her predecessor, Dwayne Sawyer, resigned after only four months in office, citing personal and family reasons.
Governor Mike Pence says Indiana is talking to Boeing about building its new 7-77-x airplane inthe Hoosier State. The move could create thousands of jobs.
Boeing is considering proposals from 22 states to locate facilities to build its new 777x aircraft after labor negotiations in the Seattle area fell through. Governor Mike Pence says Indiana has been in discussions with Boeing, though he wouldn’t comment further on how the discussions are progressing.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced his appointment Monday for the city’s new police chief. Garry Hamilton will be the first African-American to hold the position, replacing outgoing chief Rusty York, who was recently named the city’s new public safety director.
At a press conference, Mayor Henry said Hamilton’s priorities will be to improve communication with other law enforcement agencies and the community, and to instate a strategic plan to address homicides and violent crimes in the city.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence isn't giving many specifics on his 2014 legislative agenda, saying he wants "to give legislators the broadest possible range to develop how they think this might work best giving consideration to all of the interests involved."
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Governor Mike Pence is still short on specifics as he outlines his legislative agenda for the upcoming session. And he says that’s not an accident.
The governor’s legislative agenda includes a preschool voucher program, a teacher innovation fund, increased tax relief and a phase-out of the business personal property tax – a levy that sends a billion dollars to local governments each year.
Each of those items will have a significant fiscal impact and so far, Pence has been coy in talking about ways to pay for his plans. He says that’s for good reason.
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Independent analysts say the overhaul of Indiana’s criminal code will increase the prison population unless the law also pushes prosecutors and judges to direct more offenders into community corrections programs.
More than ten thousand Hoosiers set to lose health insurance coverage through the Healthy Indiana Plan will get to keep those plans for a few more months. The state is reacting to enrollment issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act.
Up to now, a family of four earning about $47,0000 per year – 200 percent of the federal poverty level – was eligible for the Healthy Indiana Plan, the state’s health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers. Beginning in January, that income threshold will be lowered to 100 percent, roughly $23,000 a year for that family of four.
Nearly a million Hoosiers on food stamps will receive phone calls in the next few days as the state gets the word out about a change in the timing of their benefits. The change is meant to ease the burden on grocery stores.
Listen to Brandon Smith's story about a gathering at Indiana Statehouse Sunday celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela.
Though many of the speakers at the service for the late South African leader expressed sorrow at his passing, the focus was on Nelson Mandela’s legacy and the example he set for people across the world.