Pence hosts conservatives for Indiana tax summit

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Gov. Mike Pence is hosting a group of state and national tax experts to consider ways to overhaul the state's tax code.

Conservative thought leaders Grover Norquist and Arthur Laffer are headlining Pence's tax summit. The summit is set to run all day Tuesday.

Pence has made tax cuts centerpieces of both legislative agendas he has submitted since taking office nearly a year and half ago. However, despite the Republican Party's dominance of the General Assembly, Pence has struggled to get everything he has sought.

A proposed cut in the income tax was dialed back last year, as was a proposed elimination of the state's tax on business equipment. Lawmakers instead pushed their own proposed cuts, including the elimination of the state's inheritance tax.


  • Tax the poor
    The Dense "republican" montra is cut taxes for the rich and the poor will benefit (apparently the rich will hire servants). VOTE THE BUMS OUT
  • Pence hosts Conservatives
    Stop with the silly notion that "trickle down" doesn't occur!! you must have forgotten the "trickle down" argument Reid and Pelosi make every time they talk of the stimulative effect of welfare and food stamps. In fact,though modest, they are correct. Its just that real wealth creation as ocurred in the '80s and 90s really did "trickle down" into jobs for people!!
  • To be clear
    I'm not making this a class debate. And I don't mean that trickle down is a way for "money" to trickle down. But we've seen this where trickle down, or investment, just doesn't occur. We've had 4+ decades to test this theory, and it has failed. We've seen it through NAFTA, off shoring, through the economic crisis where corporations were bailed out and that investment was meant to spur the economy. THAT, as well know, did not happen. Money was horded. Which has a lot to do with the record number of people in poverty -- much of which started happening BEFORE Obama took office. The premise that you give me what I want and I promise to invest and create jobs in a nice concept, but time has proven it's not working as planned. I'm as liberal as they come but loathe welfare and the abuses, but this "summit" of Pence's is useless.
  • Not About Trickle Down
    Trickle Down is a horrible term. Its not about enriching the 1% in hopes that some money might find a way to lower classes. Its about improving our economy through fewer punitive regulations (notice i said fewer and not 'no')it about better jobs, higher paying jobs, jobs that productive. these jobs don't exist in public sector and need private sector growth. This is how you help middles class and the poor. Instead, libs want to increase taxes so they can give to poor. We're seeing results of Obama. higher number in poverty, double the food stamps. we'll never get people out of poverty (which should be the main goal) by simply providing increased welfare and hoping to blame the rich. Obama has created a syndrome where too many americans blame poverty on the rich, instead of looking up to those that have become successful. There will always be rich people, unless of course you deamonize them and take from them until there are not enough rich to support the dependent. Trickle Down is another Obama talking point avoiding the real problem and real solutions. take your focus off the rich. We can improve lives of the poor AND middle class while at the same time encouraging business and job growth instead of simply attacking the rich. All obama is doing as usual is making the rich out to be evil and playing the poor as victims. good luck with that....and this is coming from someone who is far from rich.
  • A Joke
    Supply side, trickle down...whatever you want to call it. When are these "experts" and the clowns that believe them going to get it that after 40 years or so of this nonsense, trickle-down is not working (unless you're the 1 percent)?
  • Radicals
    Seeing as how Norquist is just fine with shutting down public education, it's pretty clear that these are nothing but radicals.
  • Time for real Change
    YES! Eliminate the IRS and GOV ran departments that are nothing more than incompetent buffoons wasting our money. Flat Tax with vouchers for the truly poor. Way past time to eliminate IRS and our current income tax code that favors the rich. If liberals think every poor person is the result of the rich hoarding money, then they should support GOP who is the only party talking fixing the tax code. Instead, w/ current admin, all we get is cover ups, corruption, incompetence, and waste.
  • Legalize It... Revenues / Jobs / Less Gov't
    Looking for Additional Tax Revenue without "Raising Taxes", a few thousand Agriculture Jobs, more Freedom from Government Control, and a massive reduction in the State's Black Market??? Legalize and Regulate-For-Commerce Marijuana similar to Alcohol & Tobacco & Pharmaceuticals. Increase Revenues/Jobs while giving the people more freedom to make their own decisions (let's be honest, the government is restricting our ability to have a PLANT). Seems like a plan both sides should be considering for different policy reasons.
  • Real reform needed
    Maintaining the status quo is extreme. Eliminate the tax code and replace it with a flat tax, a simple and equitable solution. We need big ideas, but I won't hold my breath to hear of any from this summit.
  • In the Echo Chamber
    Holding a conference where everyone has the same extreme point of view doesn't accomplish anything worthwhile. Everyone has to carry their fair share of taxes in order to have a community with good schools, infrastructure, economic opportunity, public safety, clean air and water, and public amenities. Pence doesn't seem to understand the concept of critical thinking.

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