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The budget plan unveiled by Indiana Senate Republicans creates a new Major Moves Trust Fund aimed at helping pay for significant transportation projects in the future. It contains more than $200 million in road funding to both state and local governments in each of the next two years.  It also puts away $400 million to begin saving for projects such as the completion of I-69 and making I-65 and I-70 six lanes wide across the entire state.

Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) says the trust fund is about getting the process started.

The Indiana Senate budget proposal unveiled Thursday does include an income tax cut, but not nearly as large as Governor Mike Pence proposed. 

Last year, then-congressman Mike Pence made a 10% income tax cut proposal the centerpiece of his campaign.  But when House Republicans presented their budget earlier this session, Governor Pence’s tax cut was nowhere to be found.  Senate Republicans have added a 3% cut to their budget.

Governor Mike Pence pitched his income tax cut proposal to mayors and local government leaders who visited the Statehouse Tuesday to promote their own priorities to the legislature. 

His proposed across-the-board 10% income tax cut hasn’t been backed by many in the General Assembly, even his fellow Republicans.  And its reception among the dozens of mayors and town leaders at the Statehouse might also be described as lukewarm.

However, Pence says his proposal will help more people than other tax cuts lawmakers are considering.

The House Minority Leader says Thursday’s decision by GOP leaders to block a vote on Governor Mike Pence’s proposed tax cut is a sign of trouble between the governor and his party. 

House Minority Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) says he doesn’t understand what message House Republicans are trying to send by failing to include Governor Mike Pence’s proposed 10% income tax cut in their budget, and then blocking a House floor vote on it. He calls the tax cut Pence’s marquee pledge to Hoosiers and says it’s unusual for Republicans to essentially dismiss it.

Indiana Senate to debate proposed income tax cut

Feb 19, 2013

A Senate committee is preparing to take up a tax cut authored by Kokomo Republican Jim Buck.

The proposal differs slightly from Governor Pence's call for a 10% cut over two-years.

Buck is recommending a nearly 12% reduction phased in over four years.

He says that would give legislators a chance to halt the tax cut if the economy sputters, or speed it up if Indiana takes in more money than expected.

Buck agrees with the governor that lawmakers should not put off debating the issue.

IN House budget proposal

Feb 15, 2013

The budget proposal from Indiana House Republicans increases K-12 public education. The two-year spending plan is adding $344-million or a little more than 3%. Higher education also would get about a 3.5% more.

The GOP proposal does not include a 10% income tax cut, which Governor Mike Pence has been pushing. It also does not assume there will be any taxpayer refund at the end of the budget cycle.

Still, budget author and Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) says he’s not ruling the tax cut out.

Gov. Pence meeting with higher ed administrators

Feb 11, 2013

Governor Mike Pence says he wants a conversation with the heads of the public colleges and universities to outline his goals. He says he wants to see innovation and affordability from higher education, and he wants those ideas brought forward.

“We’re going to be promoting legislation that encourages our publicly supported universities and colleges to do an even better job helping our young people achieve that objective of on-time completion and look for ways to make college more affordable.”

Gov. Pence holds jobs roundtable in Lafayette

Jan 25, 2013

Governor Mike Pence is getting input from business and civic leaders as he tours the state. He held a jobs roundtable at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Friday afternoon with about a dozen executives and the mayors of Lafayette and West Lafayette.

He presented his Road Map for Indiana plan and continued to push for a 10% income tax cut for all Hoosiers.

"That would also lower taxes on more than 90% of small business owners and farmers in this state."

Gov. Pence delivers State of the State address

Jan 23, 2013

Fiscal restraint was the theme of Governor Mike Pence’s first State of the State address to the Indiana General Assembly. The Republican took to the podium with the goal of convincing legislators and Hoosiers across the state, that a 10% income tax cut is a fiscally responsible move.

Pence says since the state is bringing in more than it spends; it leave some of that money in Hoosiers’ pockets.

Democratic state lawmakers are proposing legislation that would expand the state’s Medicaid program and establish a state-run healthcare exchange.  While Medicaid expansion remains somewhat of an open question, GOP lawmakers say a state exchange won’t happen, at least for now.

The federal Affordable Care Act mandates the creation of healthcare exchanges. Those would be a type of marketplace for insurance companies and consumers in each state.  The exchanges can either be run by the state, the federal government, or a collaboration between the two.