Mike Pence http://nipr.fm en Committee Eyes Streamlined Adoption Process http://nipr.fm/post/committee-eyes-streamlined-adoption-process <p>A study committee this summer will look at streamlining Indiana’s adoption process to further Governor Mike Pence’s goal of promoting adoption in the state.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislation passed this year funds a new adoption tax credit, about one thousand dollars per adopted child.&nbsp; It also creates an adoption study committee made up of people with experience in the field, including representatives from the Department of Child Services and adoption agencies, adoptive parents, and judges with adoption case experience.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:16:10 +0000 Brandon Smith 29070 at http://nipr.fm Committee Eyes Streamlined Adoption Process Economic Shift Points Pence's Focus to Energy http://nipr.fm/post/economic-shift-points-pences-focus-energy <p>The Pence administration is developing a comprehensive energy plan that the governor says will take a balanced look at Indiana’s energy environment.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Pence’s predecessor, Mitch Daniels, unveiled a strategic energy plan just eight years ago.&nbsp; The goal was to meet the state’s energy needs by involving clean coal technologies, renewable energy sources and greater energy efficiency.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Pence says the need for a new state energy plan arises from concerns about an economic shift.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:09:00 +0000 Brandon Smith 28666 at http://nipr.fm Economic Shift Points Pence's Focus to Energy Pence Signs Pre-K Pilot Bill http://nipr.fm/post/pence-signs-pre-k-pilot-bill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.&nbsp; Governor Pence signed the bill at </span>DayStar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Childcare Ministries in Indianapolis.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:05:37 +0000 Brandon Smith 28307 at http://nipr.fm Pence Signs Pre-K Pilot Bill Pence Signs Bill Pulling Indiana Out of Common Core http://nipr.fm/post/pence-signs-bill-pulling-indiana-out-common-core <p></p><p>It’s official —&nbsp;Indiana is out of the Common Core.</p><p></p><p>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.</p><p></p><p>Pence has said repeatedly Indiana will have academic standards written ‘by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers.’</p><p></p><p>After signing the bill withdrawing Indiana from the Common Core, he praised state education officials’ efforts.</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:16:52 +0000 Elle Moxley 28152 at http://nipr.fm Pence Signs Bill Pulling Indiana Out of Common Core Group Wants Pence to Veto Bill That Ends Energy Conservation Plan http://nipr.fm/post/group-wants-pence-veto-bill-ends-energy-conservation-plan <p></p><p>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.</p><p></p><p>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.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:08:32 +0000 Jimmy Jenkins 27971 at http://nipr.fm Group Wants Pence to Veto Bill That Ends Energy Conservation Plan Mixed News As Indiana Unemployment Rate Drops http://nipr.fm/post/mixed-news-indiana-unemployment-rate-drops <p>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.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Indiana unemployment rate fell nearly half a percent in January, its largest one-month drop in 20 years.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:15:33 +0000 Brandon Smith 27837 at http://nipr.fm Pence Renews Call for Pre-K Pilot http://nipr.fm/post/pence-renews-call-pre-k-pilot <p></p><p>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.&nbsp; He says “the time is now” for the legislature to reinstate a pre-k pilot program.</p><p>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.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:17:46 +0000 Brandon Smith 27079 at http://nipr.fm Pence Renews Call for Pre-K Pilot Pence Wants to Change Same Sex Marriage Proposal http://nipr.fm/post/pence-wants-change-same-sex-marriage-proposal <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Governor Mike Pence says he wants HJR-3’s second sentence put back in the amendment after House&nbsp;&nbsp;lawmakers removed it this week. Pence’s&nbsp;&nbsp;comments could impact the future of the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex&nbsp;&nbsp;marriage.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:24:56 +0000 Brandon Smith 26022 at http://nipr.fm Pence Supports House Tax Plan http://nipr.fm/post/pence-supports-house-tax-plan <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">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. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:13:12 +0000 Brandon Smith 25362 at http://nipr.fm The Indiana Economic Development Corporation Secures Record Number Of Job Commitments http://nipr.fm/post/indiana-economic-development-corporation-secures-record-number-job-commitments <p>Governor Mike Pence announced Wednesday the Indiana Economic Development Corporation has&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">secured job commitments with a record 261 companies this year. But Pence says there’s still more work to be done.</span></p><p></p><p>The job commitments made in 2013, worth more than $2 billion to Indiana’s economy, are&nbsp; 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.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:47:25 +0000 Brandon Smith 24373 at http://nipr.fm The Indiana Economic Development Corporation Secures Record Number Of Job Commitments