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Pence’s challenge: Paying for education proposals

Gov. Mike Pence knows that some of his 2014 education proposals for the Indiana legislature could be costly.

He’s hoping for some creative thinking from lawmakers to make them work, but it’s unclear how much cooperation he will get.

He’s also rooting for an improved economy, just one day after ordering the sale of the state plane and higher education cuts to counter a $141 million drop in tax collections.

“We are going to continue to see this economy grow,” he said Tuesday in an interview with reporters following an afternoon speech. “We’re going to have additional resources as a state to focus on our priorities.”

Speaking at the old statehouse in Corydon, the state’s first capital, Pence expanded on his education agenda, noting that Hoosier lawmakers made Indiana the first state to guarantee a free public education when its 1816 constitution was forged there.

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