Pence, Ritz seek federal dollars without strings
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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