Governor Mike Pence

Before leaving office, former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence denied an emergency declaration request from the city of East Chicago, Indiana. But East Chicago State Rep. Earl Harris, Jr. is hopeful new Gov. Eric Holcomb will still consider one.

The Calumet neighborhood of East Chicago has lead and arsenic contamination in its soil at 200 times the legal limit.

Harris says the request isn’t something the city asked for lightly.

“I didn’t know if there was a lack of understanding or what the situation was but really we need, needed, and still need more help,” Harris says.

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The head of Exodus Refugee Immigration says Syrian refugees in Indiana are relieved and feeling positive after a federal court blocked Governor Mike Pence’s efforts to keep them out of the state.

Governor Pence, citing security concerns about Syrian refugees, sought to cut off federal funding to organizations like Exodus Refugee Immigration that resettle refugees in Indiana. A federal Appeals Court this week upheld a lower court ruling to block Pence from denying those funds.

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A panel of federal judges heard arguments Wednesday on a case challenging Governor Mike Pence’s attempt to withhold funds from programs helping Syrian refugees relocate to Indiana.

American Civil Liberties Union lawyers say they’re confident the law won’t stand up to scrutiny.

Last November Governor Pence suspended state funding to organizations such as Exodus Refugee Immigration, in a move he said was to protect Hoosiers from foreign-born terrorists.

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Indiana governor Mike Pence will be in the spotlight tonight as he delivers the keynote speech at the Republican National Convention.

In selecting Pence as his running mate, presidential candidate Donald Trump more than once has touted the corporate tax cuts implemented during Pence’s administration to attract new investment and create jobs.

Pence also has impacted health issues during his nearly four years as governor and 12 years in Congress. 

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Jake Harper looks at the governor’s record on health policy in Indiana.

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During this year’s legislative session, Indiana lawmakers voted to codify – or put into law - the state’s health insurance program for low income Hoosiers, also known as HIP 2.0.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Jill Sheridan reports the move helps solidify key parts of the program, but it may also pose restrictions. 

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Donald Trump has repeatedly said Hoosier native Judge Gonzalo Curiel wasn’t impartial when ruling on a case involving Trump because of Curiel’s Mexican heritage and Trump’s pledge to build a wall on America’s southern border. 

Governor Pence calls those comments “inappropriate” and says a judge’s partiality should never be questioned because of their ethnic background.

“But that being said, if I wanted to comment on everything that’s said in the presidential campaigns, I would have run for president," Pence says.  "I’m focused on the state of Indiana.”

Ritz: Indiana Has The Money For Universal Preschool

Jun 7, 2016
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State Superintendent Glenda Ritz wants to see preschool available to all Indiana kids — and says it should be at the front of lawmakers’ minds as they enter the 2017 legislative session.

The $150 million proposal to expand preschool in every district in the state would be less than one percent of the state’s annual budget, Ritz said. She says it’s among the Department of Education’s top policy priorities heading into the next legislative session.

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A federal judge has set a hearing next month to consider a bid to block Indiana’s new abortion law.

Known as House Enrolled Act 1337, the law bans abortions based on a fetus's gender, race or genetic disability, such as Down syndrome.    

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed suit on behalf of Planned Parenthood in an effort to prevent that law from taking effect in July.

Governor Mike Pence and anti-abortion advocates have said the law values the unborn and the disabled.

Meet The People Who Decide The Future Of School Testing

Apr 29, 2016

The panel that will decide the future of Indiana standardized testing is now complete, officials announced Friday.


Gov. Mike Pence and House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) separately announced appointments to the panel that will recommend a replacement for Indiana’s current standardized test, the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus or ISTEP+. 

The announcements follow appointments earlier this week from other state officials. 

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Gov. Mike Pence Friday announced his endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), just four days before Indiana’s primary.  Pence was quick to add the caveat that he’ll support whoever the Republican nominee is this fall.

Pence calls Cruz a “principled conservative” who is willing to stand up to party leadership to defend his convictions. 

The governor says he’s not worried his endorsement will alienate some Republican voters.

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Farmers may shake off a tax burden under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence – but the legislation may place another burden on local governments.

The bill changes the state’s property tax formula for farmland. Its author, Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek), says it’ll decrease farmers’ tax bills by almost $50 million in 2018.

Benton County Council president Alan Adwell – who’s also a farmer -- says that money has to be made up somewhere, as boards like his mind the property tax caps already in place.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana’s legal director says the state’s new anti-abortion law “grossly interferes” with a woman’s constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy.  The ACLU filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of Planned Parenthood seeking to strike down the controversial measure.

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The federal government will perform an emergency evaluation of the health care program for low-income Hoosiers. 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS will explore whether enrollees have difficulty accessing care because of one of the program’s features.

When Indiana and the Obama administration agreed on the terms of HIP 2.0 last year, the state was allowed to forego what’s called “non-emergency medical transportation,” meaning Indiana doesn’t have to cover transportation costs for services like chronic care visits and regular dialysis appointments. 

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A federal judge will not temporarily halt her ruling, and the state will have to provide funding to refugee resettlement organizations while the legal battle over money for resettlement continues.

Indiana’s refugee resettlement program funnels federal money to organizations that help resettle refugees in the state.  Gov. Mike Pence in December announced he was suspending that program for Syrian refugees, cutting off money from resettlement groups such as Exodus Immigration.  Pence says public safety concerns prompted that action. 

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Governor Mike Pence Thursday signed into law a bill banning abortions performed solely because of a fetus’ gender, race or potential disability. 

The measure also imposes new guidelines for handling aborted and miscarried fetal remains.

The bill drew criticism from doctors, and even some Republican lawmakers, including a few who’ve sponsored anti-abortion bills in the past.