Pence putting stamp on state with new goals

Gov. Mike Pence wants state agencies to focus their efforts on new sets of priorities.

State agencies and departments will spend more time focusing on job creation, lowering infant mortality rates and a range of other goals in Pence's new administration.

State Budget Director Chris Atkins said Monday that the new priorities reflect the goals that Pence laid out in his campaign "roadmap." He also says they resulted from six months of meetings with agency and department heads since Pence took office.

Agencies will be judged on "key performance indicators" and possibly receive additional funding based on performance.

The new priorities come on the heels of a legislative session with mixed results for the new governor and the first veto override by state lawmakers.

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