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“If New York is the city that never sleeps, then Indiana must be the state that never ceases its pursuit of job opportunities for Hoosiers.” -- Gov. Mike Pence

Pence travels in question

So where in the world is Gov. Mike Pence?

Last week a Washington Post article focusing on Pence’s possible presidential moves said he would be in New York on Monday to meet with Wall Street financiers and conservative columnists.

But nothing was on his public schedule.

Then after a Statehouse reporter inquired on Monday about his whereabouts his office released an odd two-sentence media statement saying he was in New York on an “economic development mission" and would return Tuesday night.

No other details were available.

Later that day, Indiana Democratic Chair John Zody criticized Pence's travels.

“It has become very clear over the last week that Governor Mike Pence continues his campaign for the 2016 Presidential Primary. What is less clear is who is paying for his out-of-state trips. Is it taxpayers like us?”

Zody went on to say that Hoosiers deserve more information about what the governor is doing.

“If he was actually conducting meetings on behalf of the state, the Governor’s Office would have let Hoosiers know the mission behind the trip and what it could mean for Indiana. Instead, Hoosiers get two lines with no public schedule.”

The next day suddenly there was A LOT of information.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation put out a release saying Pence was leading a delegation of 14 Hoosiers on a jobs mission to New York to promote Indiana’s strong private sector job growth and tax cuts.

The release said the delegation was conducting a series of business meetings with location advisers and company executives with site selection responsibilities to discuss the possibilities of relocating or growing operations in Indiana. The state also was hosting a special business recruitment event at Yankee Stadium.

“If New York is the city that never sleeps, then Indiana must be the state that never ceases its pursuit of job opportunities for Hoosiers,” said Pence. “While here, we are shouting Indiana’s story from the soaring rooftops — a story of a state that works for growing a business, finding a job or chasing your dreams.

"It is our mission to let Indiana shine brighter than the lights of Broadway, sharing with business executives and site selection consultants that Indiana is the affordable solution to high-tax, high-regulation states like New York.”

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