INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Governor Mike Pence signed Senate Enrolled Act 621 on Saturday, for reforms to Marion County government.
Pence issued the following statement Saturday afternoon:
"Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 621 came to my desk in the midst of no small amount of controversy. Given the competing views of this legislation, I have made a point to meet with supporters and opponents and have given careful consideration to their viewpoints. Hoosiers with differing views on this legislation have made thoughtful arguments, and I respect the opinions expressed by both sides.
"Unfortunately, what began as a serious effort to strengthen Indianapolis' economic and fiscal condition got clouded by politics. In making my decision, I focused exclusively on the policy and what would be in the best interest of the people of Indiana.
"Despite my misgivings about certain aspects of SEA 621, I am signing this legislation because it serves the public interest by granting to the current Mayor of Indianapolis-and any future Mayor of either political party-the authority to manage the City's finances in a manner that protects taxpayers and encourages economic development and job creation."
You can view his entire statement by clicking here.
Mayor Greg Ballard also released a statement Saturday, saying he applauds Pence and the General Assembly on their "decision to protect Marion County taxpayers, promote economic development and strengthen the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department."
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