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May 1, 2013

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It’s a symbolic gesture, meant to show the governor and lawmakers are on Hoosiers’ side by throwing them a few bucks that could have totaled something of significance if channeled to programs designed to improve education, help senior citizens or shore up the safety net for people living in poverty.

“Today Hoosier taxpayers won a great victory. The agreement reached between our administration and legislative leaders will be the largest state tax cut in Indiana history,” Pence said after legislators agreed on this action.

It’s a political victory for Pence, one even the Republican-dominated Legislature found difficult to stomach. The governor wanted a 10 percent tax cut (twice as symbolic?) but legislative leaders from his own party thought for a long while it would be better to continue to capture the $520 million in tax money for the state budget. The agreement cut that amount in half.

The governor deserves an A for effort and persistence. He campaigned on cutting income taxes, and he kept his promise.

He’s maintained it can be done without harming any programs operated by state government.

Now we’ll find out, with the means to grab an extra coffee or soft drink a week.

— The Herald-Times, Bloomington

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