Pence gets new workforce chief _ for $31,000 more


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The first-term state lawmaker picked by Gov. Mike Pence to lead Indiana's workforce development efforts will earn more than $31,000 more than his predecessor.

The Journal Gazette reports ( ) Republican state Rep. Steve Braun of Zionsville will earn $150,000 per year as commissioner for the Department of Workforce Development.

The current commissioner is taking a demotion but getting a pay raise. Scott Sanders will become the agency's senior deputy commissioner overseeing the unemployment insurance division at an annual salary of $120,000. He now earns $118,565 as commissioner.

Pence's office says Braun intends to resign his legislative seat after the November general election and begin his new position on Nov. 24.

Sanders has led Workforce Development since April 2012, when he was appointed by former Gov. Mitch Daniels.

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