Political Notebook

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Bureaucracy abounds

Is there such a thing as a big-government conservative?

Gov. Mike Pence isn't afraid of adding layers to government, that's for sure.

Last week he created a new state agency – The Center for Education and Career Innovation – to coordinate education and workforce training efforts.

That is in addition to establishing the Office of State-Based Initiatives, the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Office of Energy Development – all created through executive orders during his first eight months in office.

On top of that he convinced lawmakers to launch Indiana Works Councils to focus on vocational education.

But he has nothing on Gov. Mitch Daniels, who created seven offices or agencies via executive order during his first few days in office.

They included the Secretary of Commerce position, the Indiana Office of Management and Budget, the Inspector General's office, the Office of Federal Grants and Procurement, splitting off the Department of Child Services from FSSA, creating the Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives and the Office of Technology.

To contact Niki Kelly email her at nkelly@jg.net or follow her on Twitter @nkellyatJG.

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