Pence, Ritz seek federal dollars without strings

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Last week, two diametrically opposed Indiana politicians found themselves doing the same dance with the federal government.

Democratic Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz filed a request Monday with the U.S. Department of Education to grant the state a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The next day, Republican Gov. Mike Pence filed a request with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to use a state-run alternative to traditional Medicaid to expand health care for the state's poor.

In both cases, a central question has been whether Indiana would receive federal money without the strings attached.

For Ritz, control over more than $200 million in federal "Title I" dollars is at stake. And for Pence, the $16.5 billion in federal Medicaid money is on the line.

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