Tea Party Group Enters Pence Tax Cut Debate

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Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity is entering the debate in Indiana over Governor Mike Pence’s proposed ten percent income tax cut.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, the organization announced it will air TV ads in support of the tax cut.


The Indiana chapter of Americans for Prosperity will push for Governor Pence’s tax cut in a grassroots effort that includes directing calls to lawmakers and door-to-door campaigning in parts of the state.  AFP-Indiana state director Chase Downham says its television ads will air in targeted markets around the state.  He wouldn’t say exactly how much the organization is spending, only saying the ad buy will be in the six-figure range.  And Downham says his group will push for the ten percent cut…and nothing less:

 “Now’s not the time to talk about compromise when we’re talking about growing our economy and putting nearly 500 million dollars back into the pockets of Hoosier taxpayers and small businesses.”

House Speaker Brian Bosma – who’s expressed reluctance with Pence’s tax cut – says he considers himself one of AFP’s biggest allies in the Statehouse and welcomes the group’s input.  But he also says he won’t be pressured by their campaign:

 “My perspective is sustainability for the future, funding some of our key priorities like roads and public education and certainly keeping our budget as lean as humanly possible while meeting those goals.”

Bosma says the April revenue forecast will play a large role in determining the viability of Pence’s tax cut.  For Indiana Public Broadcasting, I’m Brandon Smith.


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