Gov. Mike Pence

Gov. Mike Pence

Zach Dobson

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence is dialing back the pay-for-performance raises annually awarded to most state employees.

The Republican announced Wednesday that top-rated executive branch workers will get a 4 percent pay bump next year, down from the 6 percent increases provided in 2016 and 2015.

Employees judged to be "exceeding expectations" will get a 3 percent raise instead of 4 percent, while those just "meeting expectations" will see a 2 percent increase instead of 3 percent.

Pence did not explain in his letter disclosing the raises to employees why they are smaller than prior years.

The governor's term ends Jan. 9. He'll be sworn-in as vice president of the United States on Jan. 20.

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Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.