Winning public trust essential in tax effort

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Tax experts and conservative thought leaders who tangled with all manner of esoteric tax questions last week also debated a more philosophical question: How do you win the public's trust?

The question was floated last week at Gov. Mike Pence's tax summit by Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute President John Ketzenberger. Well-known tax opponent Grover Norquist said the public often is wary of a tax hike being slipped into any tax reform effort.

It's a pertinent question for Pence as he ponders a tax overhaul for 2015.

It's also more than a philosophical question. When Republican state officials discovered a $320 million tax error in late 2011, they resisted calls for an independent audit. When a second mistake was discovered a few months later, they approved the audit.

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