Pence visits pricey for his hometown police

COLUMBUS, Ind. (The Republic) — Visits by Vice President Mike Pence to his hometown of Columbus have prompted the city to increase its overtime budgets for the police and fire departments by a combined $70,000.

The Columbus City Council gave initial approval Tuesday in a 6-0 vote, with Councilwoman Elaine Wagner absent, to hike the city’s overtime budgets by $70,000 from the $390,388 initially approved for 2017, an 18 percent increase.

About half of the $70,000 is tied directly to three...

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