Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

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April 5, 2013

Legislator turned Governor focused on his tax cut

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"We've been very, very serious about this. I tell you, there is wisdom in the multitude. As I traveled around the state last year, one of the most responsive lines, in crowds large and small, in cities and small towns, was when I said to people that while this is Indiana's moment, this is the time to go from reform to results.'

"From reform to results. Almost every head in the room would be nodding. You got the sense that Hoosiers know we went through a season where there was a lot of course correction, a lot of hard choices made, whether in fiscal reform, economic reform, or education reform. But there's a real hunger now for seeing the outcomes and the natural consequences of those bold policies come into effect. That's where we've been, in the policies we've been advancing, all of it is in the outcomes."

And there will be metrics. Employment? It will be measured by the Indiana University Business Reseach. Improving math and reading skills? ISTEP and IREAD3.

"There will be third-party measurables," Pence promised.

For this new administration, the headline measurable may come down to Gov. Pence's 10 percent income tax cut.

"The late Russell Kirk used to say, 'Politics is the art of the possible,'" Pence responded after he was asked whether he'd accept a fraction of that 10 percent. "Look, I was a legislator for 12 years. As we move forward, we are going to continue to advocate strongly for what we think is going to get this economy moving again, get Hoosiers back to work.

"Let me say, I'm looking for opportunities to find common ground. As these negotiations move forward, I am confident we're going to have productive dialogue and I am confident in the end we're going to come together and produce the kind of budget that's fiscally responsible, funds our priorities, and gives Hoosiers the tax break they deserve."

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