Indiana governor-elect Mike Pence plans to move forward with promised tax cuts, education reform

Pence wants to get moving on 10 percent tax cut

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's incoming governor said his campaign promises were just that, and he intends to move forward with them.

Republican Mike Pence said he wants to get going on his proposed 10 percent income tax cut to help spur the state's economy, and he said he would move forward on school reform despite opposition from newly elected state superintendent Glenda Ritz.

Gov. Mitch Daniels said he and Pence have had brief discussions during the past few months about how a transition would work. Daniels promised to do everything he can to make the change-over a success.

"(We'll do) absolutely anything and everything we can do to ensure that the hand-off is flawless and that high levels of service continue and that the new administration has every bit of information and cooperation it needs," said Daniels.

Pence promised to hit the ground running. The governor-elect said he will do just what he promised during the campaign.

"Our road map was really intended not just to be a campaign agenda but a governing agenda," Pence said. "And the short answer to the question of are we going to seek what we campaigned on is, yes. We want to sit down with leaders in both parties in the General Assembly, and we'll be working to develop legislation."

Although Ritz ousted the reform-minded Republican superintendent Tony Bennett and wants to roll back many of his changes, such as vouchers and merit pay for teachers, Pence said he looks forward to working with her.

"We are committed to keeping our kids first and promoting the kind of education reforms that have produced the results that Hoosiers long to see," Pence said. "We've made progress on educational outcomes in the last eight years."

Pence is counting on the Republican supermajorities in both houses of the state legislature to help pass his program, but one possible roadblock arose when House Speaker Brian Bosma said his members will have to determine if a 10 percent tax cut is sustainable when they've already committed themselves to eliminating the state inheritance tax.
 

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