BROWNSBURG — If you see a red Chevy pickup truck rolling through town over the next three weeks, there’s a chance that the state’s future governor might be in it.
Mike Pence, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, kicked off his Red Truck Tour here to discuss his vision for Indiana, should he be elected.
He visited the Brownsburg Fire Territory and Pit Stop Barbecue where he talked at length about his Road Map for Indiana plan that focuses on educational advancements and lowering the income tax rate for Hoosiers by 10 percent. He praised town officials here who recently passed a proposed 2013 budget with a 12 percent tax decrease, noting that giving money back to the people is the best way to drive the economy forward and create jobs.
“The centerpiece for our Road Map for Indiana is to lower the personal income tax rate by 10 percent,” Pence said. “That does a couple of things that I get excited about. It puts several hundred dollars in the pockets of every working Hoosier, which as a family that’s lived on a budget most of our lives, a couple hundred in the billfold is always a good thing. Truth is, the most effective way to lower taxes on job creators in the city and on the farms is to lower the income tax rate.
“If you’re talking about really lifting the economy, what you want to do is create the conditions where for our business leaders, it makes sense to grow. According to our analysis, we were able to do a 10 percent across the board tax cut and still build our budget reserves. That’s how good of shape Indiana is in. I want to take the first dollar of our record budget surplus and put it in the bank and take the next two dollars and use it to grow the economy, not the government.”