House Speaker Upset Over Tea Party Ad Campaign
House Speaker Brian Bosma struck back Thursday against ads attacking the House Republican budget for failing to include Governor Pence’s proposed income tax cut. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports:
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, ten percent income tax cut. The ads say the budget doesn’t contain a tax refund and spends one billion dollars more than Pence’s proposed budget. Speaker Brian Bosma calls the ads’ claims erroneous, saying the budget maintains the automatic taxpayer refund. And 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?”
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’s asked the group to create a more positive tone for its ads. For Indiana Public Broadcasting, I’m Brandon Smith.