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.