Democrats Vow Floor Vote On Pence Tax Cuts

The House Republicans' budget does not include the governor's desired tax cuts, but House Democrats want there to be a vote on the proposal.

House floor, Bosma

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Democrats say they want a floor vote on Governor Pence's tax cuts. The House Republican budget, released Friday, does not include those cuts, but does have a larger portion of the general fund set aside for K-12 education.

The House Republican budget does not include Governor Mike Pence’s proposed ten percent income tax cut. But the Minority Leader promises the cut will get an up or down vote on the House floor.

The House GOP budget, which will be publicly presented to the Ways and Means committee Monday, includes significant increases in education and roads funding. But it leaves out Governor Pence’s tax cut, and does not assume there will be any taxpayer refund at the end of the budget cycle.

Still, budget author Tim Brown, the Ways and Means chair, says he’s not ruling the tax cut out.

“I’m not saying there’s not enough money; I’m saying that we’ll have to have, again, discussion of priorities going forward and the debate of more information coming as the session goes through. We still have a long process toward the end,” he says.

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says House Democrats will call for a vote on the tax cut when the budget bill reaches the full House…and says there will be some Democratic support.

“We’re not the ones that have to tell Governor Pence, ‘No.’ But I’m going to give him credit for something, he has had an idea. He campaigned on it, he got elected on it, the people of Indiana have spoken and we need to give that consideration,” he says.

In a statement, Governor Pence said he’s very disappointed in the House Republican budget proposal and pledged to continue to fight for his tax cut.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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