Governor-Elect Pence Stops In Ft. Wayne: Makes Case For Tax Cut

By Jeff Neumeyer

December 6, 2012 Updated Dec 6, 2012 at 6:28 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Tax cuts are popular with the masses, but Indiana's governor-elect may have trouble delivering on a campaign pledge to cut personal income taxes for Hoosiers.

Republican Mike Pence was in Fort Wayne Thursday, where we talked to him about the tax cut issue.

State politicians from his party may offer the biggest hurdle to the plan.

Some GOP lawmakers are concerned that one more tax cut could be more than the state budget can handle.

Mike Pence stopped in at a Hall's Restaurant on Bluffton Road Thursday, part of a statewide tour to show appreciation to supporters who helped him get elected last month.

Pence campaigned on providing a ten percent personal income tax cut to Hoosiers.

The president pro tem of the state senate, David Long of Fort Wayne, says the problem is the state is in the process of eliminating an inheritance tax, and has lowered the state corporate income tax, cutting tax revenues already.

Long says a key revenue forecast due in mid-April may tell whether the state can afford Pence's tax cut.

The governor-elect seems to be counting on it.

" We have the largest surplus in our state's history and therefore we have choices to make, and I simply believe one of those choices should be tax relief for Hoosiers. It's the fastest way to cut taxes on small business owners and family farmers in ways that will create jobs," Pence said.

Another challenge facing Pence will be working with newly elected state school superintendent Glenda Ritz, who ran as an opponent of many Republican backed education reforms.

Pence says he has had a sit-down meeting with Ritz, and that he will work in good faith with Ritz to try and find common ground.

They agree, for instance, on expanding career and vocational education for high school students in the state.

But she campaigned hard on rolling back some of Dr. Tony Bennett’s big reforms, the man Ritz defeated and will be replacing come January 14th.

It’s unlikely she will find much common ground with Republican lawmakers on those issues, and they have the power to block many of the ideas she would like to implement.

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