Gov. Mike Pence boosts school safety spending after 2013 budget cuts

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is announcing a boost in school safety spending just months after signing a two-year budget that drastically cut funding for similar improvements.

The Republican governor said Friday that after the recent deadly shooting at a community college in Oregon he would make an additional $3.5 million in safety grants available.

The state budget that went into effect in July more than halved the program, which set aside $20 million in 2013 to help school districts hire police officers and buy safety equipment.

Pence’s administration said the additional money makes more than $9 million available to schools this year. The governor’s office has not said where the new money came from.

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