Senate approves pared-back Pence priorities

Gov. Mike Pence. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Senate is advancing a pair of measures sought by Gov. Mike Pence with little of what the governor originally asked for.

The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to approve a road-funding plan with half the $400 million the governor had originally sought. The Senate later voted overwhelmingly for a plan that would have lawmakers study preschool vouchers for one year before approving any new programs.

Thursday’s Senate votes are hardly the final ones of the session but are continuing signs of the struggles Pence has had inside the Statehouse.

Lawmakers plan to spend much of their time meeting in negotiations to hammer out compromises in the next two weeks. Pence has launched a last-minute lobbying plan outside the Statehouse to try to salvage his agenda. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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