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House Republican tax cut bill easily clears committee, heads to House floor

Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) is the author of the House Republican tax cut package.
Brandon Smith
IPB News
Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) is the author of the House Republican tax cut package.

A major tax cut package that will eventually cost the state $1 billion a year easily cleared a House committee Wednesday.

Republicans also rejected every proposed change to the bill from Democrats.

The measure, HB 1002, includes a mix of business tax cuts, eliminates certain taxes on utility ratepayers and lowers the state’s individual income tax over the next few years down to 3 percent.

Business groups lined up in support, including the Indiana Manufacturers Association.

“These multi-state companies – where are they going to spend their dollars, moving forward?" said Andrew Berger, IMA senior vice president. "If we can drive down the cost of that investment in Indiana, that’s what’s going to keep that investment, those jobs, here in Indiana and growing.”

Local government advocates worry about a loss of revenue in the future.

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Rep. Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis) said the bill hurts state government.

"Those tax cuts reduce my ability to invest. That's the choice we're making," DeLaney said. "This proposal moves the ability to invest away from the state."

Democrats’ rejected proposals for the bill included increasing the renter’s deduction and the earned income tax credit, a sales tax exemption for feminine hygiene products and diapers, and a child care tax credit.

Rep. Cherrish Pryor (D-Indianapolis) said Republicans are ignoring Hoosiers who need the most help.

“The more money that we’re putting in the pockets of people who are low income, that money immediately goes back into the economy,” Pryor said.

The bill now heads to the House floor.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. 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.