On Thursday Governor-elect Mike Pence appointed former State Representative Jeff Espich as Senior Advisor for Legislative Affairs.
In a statement, Pence highlighted Espich’s experience with tax and finance legislation, saying it would make him “an invaluable addition to our legislative team.” Espich has served as Chairman of both the House Ways and Means Committee and the State Budget Committee among other leadership roles during his forty years in the state legislature.
With a month still to go this year, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation Wednesday announced 2012 will set a record for commitments from companies to locate or expand operations in the state. But IEDC CEO Dan Hasler says he’d still like to see more of the commitments turn into actual jobs.
In the wake of the Indiana State Police chief’s comments appearing to support marijuana legalization, a Hoosier political analyst says a shift in the state’s marijuana policy could be moving from theory to fact.
Asked during a state budget committee hearing his stance on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana possession, State Police Chief Paul Whitesell said he thought the drug should be legalized and taxed. Later, the State Police issued a statement distancing itself from Whitesell’s comments, saying the chief simply understands the theoretical arguments.
Since the mid-1990s, per capita income (as a percentage of national per capita income) has been steadily dropping for residents of Northeastern Indiana. But new data released this week shows the downward trend may have finally turned the corner.
A study committee examining the Department of Child Services wants the General Assembly to establish two, more permanent groups to oversee how the DCS and other agencies are handling child welfare issues in the state.
A report unanimously approved by the study committee Tuesday recommends the creation of a DCS Oversight Committee. Made up of legislators, judges, attorneys and DCS officials, Markle Republican Senator Travis Holdman said the committee would continue the work of the study committee.
The new Office of Management and Budget director under Governor-elect Mike Pence is a Daniels administration veteran.
Pence tabbed Chris Atkins Monday to head the Office of Management and Budget beginning in January. Atkins was policy director to Pence during the campaign and helped develop Pence’s Roadmap for Indiana.
Prior to joining the Pence campaign, Atkins served under Governor Mitch Daniels as general counsel and policy advisor in the OMB, helping Daniels create and implement property and corporate tax reform.