Indiana Tax Policies May Need Reformed: Governor Candidate Pence

By Scott Sarvay
By Jeff Neumeyer

March 16, 2012 Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 11:02 PM EDT

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The top Republican in Indiana's 2012 governor's race ventured onto a Whitley County farm Friday, where he met with business leaders and weighed in on everything from tax policy and gas prices, to a new election challenge for one of his colleagues in Congress.

Jeff Neumeyer: " 6th District Congressman Mike Pence says job creation must be job one for the next governor. So Pence this day rubbed elbows with some Hoosiers in the job creation business.

He visited the Joseph Decuis farm in Whitley County, and then sat down with a group of business leaders who shared thoughts on how state government could be a better friend to business.

Howard Halderman told Pence we need a reduction in the state's real estate tax.

But he said tax relief shouldn't stop there.

Howard Halderman/Halderman Real Estate Service: " There are ways maybe on the corporate side that we can do some things to basically make Indiana more competitive and therefore more appealing when companies look at places to expand."

Pence favors income tax relief, but isn't ready to eliminate state income taxes altogether.

Pence re-iterated his criticism of President Obama's aversion to deep-water oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, saying the President's energy policies are unnecessarily driving up gas prices.

He was much more hesitant to talk about Thursday’s decision by Marion County elections officials, deeming Richard Lugar ineligible to vote in his Senate Primary battle with Richard Mourdock, because of Lugar’s long-time residency in Washington D.C.

U.S. Rep. Mike Pence/(R) Indiana 6th District: " I won't be endorsing in that primary, but I have great respect for both men and believe that that's a decision that ought to be best left to voters."

In the wake of that horrible shooting spree in Afghanistan, where a U.S. Army staff Sgt. is accused of killing 16 civilians, Pence said he supports more government assistance for veterans suffering from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but he says the blame for the shooting should be fixed squarely on the misguided individual who is responsible, and that the American military as a whole does not deserve a black eye over what happened.

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