Governor Mike Pence signed legislation Thursday to create a preschool pilot program he says is the beginning of a new chapter of hope and opportunity for Indiana’s disadvantaged children.
The program will provide anywhere between two thousand and six thousand dollars per child so low-income Hoosier kids in five counties can attend a high quality preschool program. Governor Pence signed the bill at DayStar Childcare Ministries in Indianapolis.
It’s official — Indiana is out of the Common Core.
Governor Pence signed a bill Monday reversing an earlier decision to share academic standards with 44 other states and the District of Columbia. Still, the state’s next set of standards will likely have substantial overlap with the Common Core.
Pence has said repeatedly Indiana will have academic standards written ‘by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers.’
After signing the bill withdrawing Indiana from the Common Core, he praised state education officials’ efforts.
Legislation that made its way to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s desk would halt a state-run energy conservation plan. But a coalition opposing the bill is petitioning Pence for a veto.
Former Gov. Mitch Daniels created the Energizing Indiana plan in 2009 to increase the number of energy conservation programs available to rate payers throughout the state. The program also put in place mandatory energy savings benchmarks for private utility companies.
Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in five and a half years, now lower than the national rate, even as the state’s private sector lost jobs in January.
The Indiana unemployment rate fell nearly half a percent in January, its largest one-month drop in 20 years. Its rate of 6.4 percent is the lowest since September 2008 and the first time the state’s rate has been below the national average in nearly two years.
Surrounded by children at a pre-kindergarten program on the east side of Indianapolis Wednesday, Governor Pence emphasized the need for Indiana to begin providing preschool opportunities for low-income Hoosiers. He says “the time is now” for the legislature to reinstate a pre-k pilot program.
The Senate Education Committee gutted a bill last week that would have provided vouchers for one thousand low-income children in five counties to attend preschool. They replaced it with a study committee on the issue.
Governor Mike Pence says he wants HJR-3’s second sentence put back in the amendment after House lawmakers removed it this week. Pence’s comments could impact the future of the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.
In comments made to WISH-TV in Indianapolis this week, Governor Pence was clear. He wants lawmakers to end the marriage debate this year and reinsert HJR-3’s second sentence, which outlaws civil unions.
A Pence administration official says the governor supports a House Republican plan that would allow local governments to eliminate a tax on purchases of new business equipment.
Governor Mike Pence made elimination of the business personal property tax the centerpiece of his 2014 legislative agenda. The levy on business equipment generates about one billion dollars a year for local governments. House Republicans countered with legislation that would allow county boards to eliminate the tax only on new purchases.
Governor Mike Pence announced Wednesday the Indiana Economic Development Corporation has secured job commitments with a record 261 companies this year. But Pence says there’s still more work to be done.
The job commitments made in 2013, worth more than $2 billion to Indiana’s economy, are expected to create more than 21,000 jobs in the state over the next several years. The expected jobs will pay a higher wage, nearly 22 dollars an hour, than the state average, which is 20 dollars an hour.
Governor Mike Pence is starting to publicly suggest options for phasing out the state’s business personal property tax, the tent pole of his 2014 legislative agenda.
Pence has been vague on specifics up to now, saying he wants to allow the broadest range of debate in the legislature. But the governor Tuesday publicly discussed a few options for phasing out the personal property tax, a levy that generates one billion dollars a year for local governments.
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.