Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Poll: Hoosiers Say Pump Surplus into Schools, Jobs; Iffy to Tax Cut

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Poll: Hoosiers Say Pump Surplus into Schools, Jobs; Iffy to Tax Cut

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INDIANAPOLIS - Hoosiers would like to see the state's surplus pumped into schools and job-creation initiatives, a new survey has found. The WISH-TV/Ball State University poll indicated low levels of support for Gov.-elect Mike Pence's call for a state income tax cut when it's stacked next to other options.

It showed that 31 percent of all Hoosiers support such a cut, while 64 percent would rather see it spent elsewhere.

The results were released Thursday at the annual Bingham Greenebaum Doll law firm's legislative conference. They came as House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, told the crowd that he is hesitant to commit to another tax cut.

He said the state is already phasing out its inheritance tax, and stepping its corporate income tax down from 8.5 percent to 6.5 percent. Meanwhile, new costs tied to the health care law could soon come online, and the federal government might tighten its aid to states.

"That doesn't mean we can't consider the income tax cut that the governor has proposed. …

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