Governor Mike Pence ceremonially signed two bills into law today that will expand broadband Internet access across the state. Pence says it’s legislation like this that’s driving down the state’s unemployment rate.
The new Broadband Ready Communities Development Center will team with local governments to encourage and approve communications projects that expand Internet access. Pence says last week, Nashville, Ind., became the first area in the state to be approved as broadband ready.
Governor Mike Pence has made his pick to fill a vacancy on the Indiana Court of Appeals – the first such appointment Pence has made in his two and a half years in office. His selection, announced Friday, is Marion County Judge Robert Altice.
Altice has been through this process before – three times he’s been nominated to fill an Appeals Court vacancy. And as Altice put it, the third time was the charm.
Governor Mike Pence Thursday proudly touted Indiana’s continued fiscal strength as he closed the books on the fiscal year. But that strength has Democrats wondering why Pence continues to order state agencies to cut their budgets.
Indiana finished its 2015 fiscal year with a $210 million surplus, helping increase budget reserves to more than $2.1 billion. But state agencies reverted $133 million, meaning if the governor hadn’t required agencies to send any money back, the state still would’ve had a surplus.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg raised more money in the first half of 2015 than Governor Mike Pence. And at least one political scientist says, even with the election more than a year away, that could have an impact on how the race shapes up.
Former House Speaker John Gregg managed to out-fundraise the incumbent through June by a little more than $100,000.
In June, Bellwether Research and Consulting released a poll examining Hoosiers' views of Gov. Mike Pence and some of his possible opponents in 2016. The immediate reaction was that the reelection bid by Indiana Governor Mike Pence was in trouble.
“Worse than doing nothing” – that’s how critics describe Indiana’s new energy efficiency effort crafted by Governor Mike Pence and the General Assembly. But the governor insists the program will keep more money in Hoosiers’ pockets.
Environmental and consumer advocacy groups say the new energy efficiency program is going to drive up costs for residential consumers. Under the approved legislation, each utility company must develop its own energy efficiency program, and they can raise rates to cover any revenue they lose because of decreased energy usage.
Governor Mike Pence was able to declare almost total victory Thursday in the wake of the 2015 session despite early skepticism from the General Assembly for much of his agenda.
There were several items on the governor’s agenda that lawmakers were at least hesitant to fully support. That includes a significant boost to charter school funding, dollars for next year’s state Bicentennial celebration, a major investment in Pence’s Regional Cities Initiative, along with the proposed balanced budget amendment to the state constitution.
The Indiana Department of Transportation has new leadership after Commissioner Karl Browning abruptly resigned Wednesday. Gov. Mike Pence won’t say why the longtime official is leaving.
Karl Browning has led INDOT since 2013, and previously served as Commissioner from 2006 to 2009. He submitted his resignation via email to the governor Wednesday morning, saying he was proud of his accomplishments but that it was “time to move on.”
Exactly one week after signing Indiana’s religious freedom bill into law, Governor Mike Pence Thursday signed a follow up bill meant to quell the firestorm of controversy that erupted over the measure.
The follow up bill explicitly states that the recently-passed law known as RFRA can’t be used to deny service to anyone on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.