Pence travels bumpy road to income tax cut

INDIANAPOLIS - Gov. Mike Pence's road to passage of a signature item of his campaign has been a bumpy one as he learns how to work with the Legislature and works to overcome worries that road funding should be a higher priority.

Pence wants a $500 million cut in the personal income tax. Lawmakers say the economy is still fragile and that the state needs to restore money cut from roads and education under former Gov. Mitch Daniels.

The cut would put about $156 in the average taxpayer's pocket, but its political ramifications could be much greater.

Pence needs to establish himself as a strong executive to build his resume for a potential 2016 White House run. Local highway officials say they need more money to fix crumbling roads that anger constituents.

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