- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Mike Pence says his administration’s request to spend nearly $875,000 upgrading the entrances at Indiana’s state government complex is about putting public safety first.

The State Budget Committee will consider the proposal during a hearing on Friday. Pence spokeswoman Kara Brooks says the Indiana Department of Administration wants the money because officials are worried about security issues regarding doors that let government employees enter and exit the Statehouse and two neighboring office buildings.

Pence said Wednesday the price tag also includes the cost of a new public announcement system in addition to new turnstile security doors. He says he’s asking budget officials to make improvements “in the most efficient way for taxpayers.”

Pence noted that 20,000 schoolchildren visited the Statehouse over the past six months.

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