Friday, April 05, 2013

Senate Republicans Move A Little In Pence's Direction On Tax Cuts

The centerpiece of Gov. Mike Pence's first budget is a 10% tax cut. That contrasts with the first tax proposal former Gov. Mitch Daniels rolled out eight years ago, an income tax hike for those earning more than $100,000, which drew disapproval not only from Hoosier Republicans but conservative leaders across the country. Daniels' tax proposal was dead on arrival. House Republicans took a quick look at the Pence plan and declared it dead, but Senate Republicans are showing Pence a little more love.

Under a budget plan announced by Senate Republicans yesterday, they're willing to give Pence a little of what he wants. Their proposal would reduce the state income tax rate 3% from 3.4% to 3.3%. That's better than nothing, but it would only offset a third of the tax increase that Mayors Greg Ballard and James Brainard are trying to enact for those living in Central Indiana to create their multi-billion dollar mass transit boondoggle. The Senate's modest tax plan would save a family of four earning taxable income of $67,296 about $68 a year. Pence told reporters that he's encouraged by the Senate Republicans' budget plan, but he still wants his 10% tax cut, which would reduce that tax rate to 3.06% and save family about $228 a year.
“I continue to believe that in these tough economic times we ought to do all we can to provide permanent tax relief to working families, small businesses and family farms,” Pence said. “I hasten to remind people that lowering the personal income tax rate not only puts dollars in the pockets of every Hoosier...but secondly remember that more than 80 percent of small businesses file their taxes under the individual income tax rate.”
Pence's tax cut plan would reduce state income tax revenues about $521 million annually. The state is currently running a surplus of about $2 billion. The Senate plan reduces state income tax revenues about $150 million, but it also eliminates the state inheritance tax, which is currently being phased out over a 10-year period and cuts the financial institutions tax. Those two tax reductions reduce state tax revenues by about $150 million and $20 million, respectively. The Senate Republican plan would put $200 million more towards transportation funding. All competing plans provide more spending for education. The House plan provides $337 million more (plus a $300 million reserve fund) compared to $263 million under the Pence plan and $331 million under the Senate plan.


Pete Boggs said...

If any remember the proposed income tax increase, approximately 8 yrs ago; every dollar of income was subjected to the increase, if the income exceeded $100K.

That's an incredible, wonked-up policy error twist, when you consider that historically & hysterically, it's dollars over a threshold amount subject to an increase (only dollars above $100K), vs. the entire amount. It would be interesting to know, who (advisor) suggested that goofy idea, much less an increase.

It seems likely the policy insanity which generated that income tax increase is the same brand of statism that proposed a "progressive" tax on the sins of property ownership (aka 1/2/3).

There is no party of small government, only advertising.

Gary R. Welsh said...

It was a bizarre proposal for a conservative Republican looking back on it. I'm sure he wishes he had never proposed that Obama-like idea.

Marycatherine Barton said...

All Indiana's legislators need to read Michael Snyder, at Economic Collapse:

"21 Statistics About the Explosive Growth of Poverty in America that Everyone Should Know."