- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana lawmakers are set to consider a request from Gov. Mike Pence’s administration to spend $873,000 upgrading the entrances at Indiana’s state government complex.

The State Budget Committee meets Friday morning at Purdue University West Lafayette, and the expenditure is among the items on its agenda. The Indiana Department of Administration says it wants the money because officials are worried about security issues regarding six doors that let government employees enter and exit the Statehouse and two neighboring office buildings.

Pence said this week that the price tag includes the cost of a new public announcement system in addition to new turnstile security doors.

The governor says the request is “about putting public safety first” and he’s asking budget officials to make improvements “in the most efficient way for taxpayers.”

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