State goes another round with feds

The Associated Press and Tribune staff reports


By turns, Indiana leaders have either chosen, begrudgingly, to work with Washington or fight it outright, and this year is no exception.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s fiery letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week is the latest salvo from a state that has spent recent years trying to block federal funding for Planned Parenthood, cracking down on illegal

immigration and opposing President Barack Obama’s federal health care law.

The challenges have landed the state in court on more than one occasion and pose a dilemma for Republican leaders as they determine when to fight and when to play along.

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, said the issue isn’t simply about Republican vs. Democrat.


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