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Business Continues at State Capitol, Pence or No Pence

Indiana's governor will have his eye on the nation's capital, but work is expected to continue at the Statehouse. (Veronica Carter)
Indiana's governor will have his eye on the nation's capital, but work is expected to continue at the Statehouse. (Veronica Carter)
July 19, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - As the Republican National Convention is being held in Cleveland this week, the talk in Indiana is focused on Governor Mike Pence being selected as Donald Trump's running mate. Now that the national spotlight is on Pence, does that mean fewer things get done at Indiana's statehouse? Not necessarily according to state Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage). Tallian said during the next few months Pence will be paying attention to the race for the White House, but she said business will continue in Indianapolis.

"The agencies will continue to do what they're doing," she said. "There won't be much leadership, I think, out of the governor's office, in terms of directing what they're doing. So it's not like government is going to shut down but I don't think we'll see any big policy changes."

In announcing the selection of his running mate, Trump said Pence will stand up to America's enemies and that the two of them represent the "law-and-order candidates."

Tallian doesn't believe Pence will help Trump win the White House, but she said if Democrat John Gregg is elected to replace Pence, it might advance legislation that she said is vital for Indiana.

"The Democrats have a lot of bills that we have pushed over the years that don't get hearings because they're not on the Republican agenda, but nonetheless if John Gregg gets in, maybe someone will give us a hearing on the minimum-wage bill," she added.

Tallian feels Gregg, who narrowly lost to Pence in 2012, has a very good chance of becoming governor. The state Republican committee is meeting July 26th to make its selection as to who will run against Gregg.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - IN