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January 16, 2013

Pence urges Cabinet to make Indiana 'great'

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence urged members of his Cabinet on Wednesday to take state government from "good to great," giving them copies of a management book by the same name during their first meeting.

The group met in the governor's Statehouse office, where each of his top aides received a copy of Jim Collins' 2001 book "Good to Great" and a printout of the governor's first proposed budget.

Pence said he's asking his deputies to look at improving their respective departments.

"I spoke to all of our agency heads today about taking the opportunity over the next 30 days to develop what we're calling 'good to great plans' in every agency of this administration," he said. "Our objective is that each agency would work with OMB and work with our senior team to either devise or draft a new strategic plan going forward."

Pence was sworn in as Indiana's 50th governor Monday and quickly got to work. He has hired heads for the majority of state agencies and departments but hasn't decided who will lead the Family and Social Services Administration and the Department of Child Services.

The new governor is rolling out his priorities gradually. His team introduced its first budget Tuesday, a step toward fulfilling campaign promises to cut the state income tax by 10 percent and send more state money to high-performing schools.

He's expected to lay out more of his agenda when he delivers his first State of the State address next week. Pence also is scheduled to announce additional appointments Thursday afternoon.

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