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May 13, 2013

Tax cuts and an 8.7 percent jobless rate

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Pence reminded the press, “I said at the outset of the General Assembly I was going to make job creation job one. I believe that by passing an honestly balanced budget that includes the kind of tax relief and strategic investment that will promote job creation we’ve done just that.”

I asked the governor what his message is to Indiana employers, who will benefit far more — at least initially — from the tax cuts than the middle class. Pence said, “Look, we’ve got 8.7 percent unemployment in Indiana. A lot of Hoosiers are hurting.”

“My message to employers large and small is that it’s time to invest in Indiana,” Pence said. “And my message outside of the state is, ‘It’s time to come to Indiana.’ I have to tell you one of the most amusing things I saw in the aftermath of the news that we had reached an agreement on tax relief was posted on my Facebook page: ‘That’s it. That settles it. I’m moving to Indiana.’”

“My message to all our businesses is that we want to roll our sleeves up, we want the state of Indiana to continue to look for ways to be the best place in America to start a business, grow a business,” Pence added.

So we’ll see whether these cuts will result in jobs and what the political impact on the 2014 and ‘16 elections will be.

— Brian Howey publishes online at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Twitter @hwypol.

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