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Gov. Pence promotes budget and agenda ahead of 2015 session

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Gov. Mike Pence

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 6, 2015) – Ahead of the start of the 2015 General Assembly session, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence held a working budget session where he laid out the priorities of his agenda.

He told reporters in a press conference Tuesday morning that he was very encouraged with the direction of the state’s finances.

In a December conference Pence announced his priority in 2015 will be education reform, including additional funding for charter schools and lifting caps on the state’s voucher program, which is the largest in the country. Pence also wants lawmakers to allow the state board of education to elect its own chair, which is currently the state superintendent.

In separate legislation proposed, Indiana voters would no longer elect the state superintendent. The office would instead be appointed by the governor.

On Tuesday he affirmed those goals.

“This needs to be an education session,” Pence told reporters. 

Pence was also asked about a general assembly bill being proposed that would allow him to run for both governor and president in 2016. He responded by saying he did not know of the bill until he read about it in the newspaper. He described it as a “well-intentioned distraction.”

The 2015 legislative session begins Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. when the house and senate both convene.

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