Gregg, Pence meet with Institute team

June 25, 2012

For the major party candidates, this year the road to the Indiana governor’s office has passed through the IU Public Policy Institute. Democrat John Gregg and Republican Mike Pence, 2012 candidates for Indiana governor, each met separately for briefings with the IU Public Policy Institute staff and Policy Choices commissioners.

Gregg met at the Institute in March; Congressman Pence's meeting was in June. At each meeting the candidates and their policy advisors engaged in lively discussions about the recommendations and options included in the three Policy Choices for Indiana’s Future reports.
This isn’t the only time the reports generated interest on both sides of the aisle. In May, Indiana Senator Jim Arnold and Indiana Senator Brandt Hershman co-authored a bipartisan statement about the impact the recommendations could have on Indiana and the potential for bipartisanship that they offered. This piece, which originally ran in the Indianapolis Star (, has been complemented by other op-eds highlighting the Commissions’ work.
Policy Choices includes the work of three Commissions (Education and Workforce Development, Energy and the Environment, and State and Local Tax Policy). Since the release of the Commissions' reports in February, the project has generated more than 50 mentions in media outlets across the state.
To learn more about Policy Choices, including Commission reports, an overview of the results, and policy briefs in each area (An Educated Workforce, An Environmentally Sound Energy Policy, A Balanced Tax Policy) please visit the project website (
The IU Public Policy Institute is a collaborative, multidisciplinary research institute within the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The Institute serves as an umbrella organization for research centers affiliated with SPEA, including the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment and the Center for Criminal Justice Research. The Institute also supports the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.