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House Speaker: Ads For Governor-Supported Tax Cut Are Untrue

Brian Bosma says ads being run in support of the governor's 10-percent income tax cut wrongly claim the state budget proposal does not include a tax refund.

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House Speaker Brian Bosma supports allocating money to infrastructure, education and other state-funded programs instead of giving an income tax cut.

House Speaker Brian Bosma struck back Thursday against ads attacking the House Republican budget for failing to include Governor Mike Pence’s proposed income tax cut.

Radio ads from the Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity charge that the House budget chooses to prioritize government spending over Governor Mike Pence’s across-the-board, 10-percent income tax cut. The ads  say the budget does not contain a tax refund and spends $1 billion more than Pence’s proposed budget.

Speaker Brian Bosma calls the ads’ claims erroneous, saying the budget maintains the automatic taxpayer refund. He says House Republicans chose to prioritize spending differently, increasing  education and infrastructure dollars and paying for university capital projects.

“So the question really is, do we want to invest in education and roads or do we want to afford an overall income tax cut?” Bosma says.

Americans for Prosperity-Indiana president Chase Downham says the ad’s message is an undisputed fact that taxpayers know how to spend their money better than the government. Pence says he has asked the group to create a more positive tone for its ads.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith 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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