Howey poll finds lack of support for Pence income tax cut
Governor Mike Pence (R-IN)
House Speaker Brian Bosma
Indiana Governor Mike Pence has been pushing his ten-percent income tax cut with some reluctance from his own party, and now a new poll reveals a minority of Hoosiers on the governor's side.
A Howey poll released Tuesday found that only 39-percent of people in Indiana support the income tax cut. Thirty-three-percent say they support a Republican Senate version. and 17 percent say they don't support either.
Eyewitness News sat down with House Speaker Brian Bosma who says the governor's plan does not offer a significant payoff.
"Hal of the Hoosiers will get $90 or less. If you made $1 million a year, and that's a big-time entrpreneur, you ended up with several thousand dollars more in your pocket during the course of the year, so because of the impact of paying additional federal tax because you cannot deduct the income tax. That is the nuance that you have to be an accountant to understand," said Bosma.
The Howey poll also found that 50 percent of Hoosiers support a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage while 46 percent oppose a ban.
On abortion, the Howey poll found that 45 percent of the people in Indiana say it should be illegal, except in the case of rape. Twenty percent say it should always be legal and 19 percent say abortion should be legal most of the time.
Meantime, Indiana lawmakers are hoping to wrap up legislative work for the 2013 General Assembly Friday. But a series of key issues have yet to be worked out. They include the shape of the state's biennial budget.
Bosma said he expects lawmakers to pass measure directing Indiana utility regulators to again review the proposed Rockport coal-gasification plant in southern Indiana. An expansion of school vouchers and potential expansion of gambling also are being worked on.