Column: Governor slowly dropping classic Washingtonian defenses

Gov. Mike Pence appears to be slowly dropping some of the guard he developed after more than a dozen years working in Washington.

A gentler, more easygoing Pence was on display recently with the unveiling of the Senate Republican budget proposal, which includes a slice of the tax cut the governor had long sought. Without acquiescing on his central agenda item, Pence acknowledged some relief that lawmakers had moved closer to his goal.

“I am pleased with the latest version of the budget,” he said. “I think we are getting on the same page but there are still details and differences in levels and priorities, and I believe those will be the subject of vigorous and respectful negotiations in the days to come.”


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