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Tea Party group supports Pence tax cut

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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.  The organization announced it will air TV ads in support of the tax cut.

The Indiana chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) 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 said its television ads will air in targeted markets around the state.  He wouldn’t say exactly how much the organization is spending, he only said the ad buy will be in the six-figure range.  Downham said 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 back into the pockets of Hoosier taxpayers and small businesses,” said Downham.

House Speaker Brian Bosma, who’s expressed reluctance with Pence’s tax cut, said he considers himself one of AFP’s biggest allies in the Statehouse and welcomes the group’s input.  He also said 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,” said Bosma.

Bosma said the April revenue forecast will play a large role in determining the viability of Pence’s tax cut.

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.