State of Indiana Archives: on Tax Reform


Eddie Melton: Authored property tax amnesty program

Melton authored an amendment to establish a property tax amnesty program that will give taxpayers the opportunity to pay back late taxes without the added burden of high interest rates and penalty fees. "This tax amnesty program will be life-changing to so many Hoosier taxpayers. It will provide a relief to individuals by forgiving property tax penalties and interest to help them get back on track and back in good standing on their taxes."
Source: IN Senate Dems press release for 2020 Indiana governor race Apr 10, 2019

Eric Holcomb: Exempt military pensions from state tax

To stay ahead of our competition and keep breaking those jobs records, we must keep sharpening our economic development tools to give us the flexibility to attract more capital investment and more people to locate here. I will once again pursue exempting military pensions from our state income taxes so we can attract and retain talented patriotic veterans--who we know are some of the most experienced, focused and loyal workers anywhere.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Indiana legislature Jan 15, 2019

Mike Braun: Pledged never to raise federal taxes, but infrastructure ok

[Senate opponent Rep. Todd] Rokita hammered away at Braun for his support of a plan that raised fuel taxes and fees to pay for road and infrastructure improvements. The irony was that Rokita, in 2015, spoke favorably of gas taxes to pay for improvements.

Braun defends the vote as necessary to fix crumbling roads and that Indiana has long lived within its means, maintaining a balanced budget. Braun has pledged never to raise federal taxes because overspending has become standard practice.

Source: Indianapolis Star on 2018 Indiana Senate race Apr 14, 2018

Andrew Straw: Tax cuts for rich don't help economy if tied up in stocks

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Higher taxes on the wealthy"?

A: I support higher taxes on˙certain activities˙and lower taxes on others. The goal is to increase employment by motivating the wealthy to use their money to create jobs This is a very old topic that goes back to the Great Depression. Hoarding money does not grow the economy or create jobs. If money gets wrapped up in the stock market, this does not necessarily create jobs. The economy should not be like a casino, with no values but chance, and the house always winning. I would like to see the US Treasury provide low or no-interest business loans to people with disabilities. Congress used to have such a program, but it expired.

Source: OnTheIssues follow-up with 2018 Indiana Senate candidate Mar 2, 2018

Todd Rokita: Cut taxes, balance budget

I support cutting taxes and reforming the tax code to make it simpler and fairer for lower and middle income Americans while making America more competitive. I support a Balanced Budget Amendment to put an end to the reckless spending and mountains of debt jeopardizing the American Dream for future generations. Limiting the size of the government will ultimately help control the size of the national debt.
Source: 2018 Indiana Senatorial website ToddRokita.com Oct 1, 2017

Luke Messer: Tax cuts should lead to growth

I believe the American people deserve a pay raise and one of the clearest ways to do that is major tax reform. The best way to make sure it doesn't (add to the deficit) is to pass a tax plan that leads to significant economic growth. I am leery of the sort of Washington talk about "paid for" tax cuts because in my experience, the only tax cuts that have been paid for are tax cuts that lead to dramatic economic growth.
Source: The Star Press on 2018 Indiana Senate race Sep 21, 2017

Jim Banks: Estate tax is an anti-growth policy

There are few ways you can throttle the economy and restrict growth faster than increasing taxes. Jim Banks has been fighting tax increases at every level of government from the time he was elected to his county council through his service in the state senate.

One of the most anti-growth tax policies is the estate tax. This tax punishes many small business owners and farmers who seek to pass on their investments of time and effort as a legacy to their children. Once he was elected to the State Senate, Jim was a leader in the fight to eliminate Indiana's Death Tax--one of only six states in the country that still assessed an inheritance tax at the time. Jim was recognized by many conservative groups and the Wall Street Journal for his work to repeal the state death tax and is the only candidate at the time of this writing who has signed a pledge to repeal the Federal estate tax as well.

Source: 2016 Indiana House campaign website JimBanks.us Nov 8, 2016

Todd Young: Simplify tax code to reward Americans for working hard

In a 21st century world, our tax policy needs to encourage job creation, make the American economy competitive globally, and increase personal incomes, especially for middle income Americans. If we don't overhaul the system as we know it, American businesses and workers won't be able to compete against many of our economic rivals around the world.

He is fighting to have the current tax system simplified in order to reward Americans for working hard, investing and saving the money they've earned. Most importantly, it allows you to keep more of your hard-earned money in your own pocket. We can accomplish this by reforming the current tax code with a simpler system.

Source: Vote-USA.org on 2016 Indiana Senate incumbents Aug 10, 2016

Eric Holcomb: Stop funneling Hoosier tax money through federal czars

[I recommend] policies that ignite private sector economic growth, not higher taxes and more borrowing. Government that serves best is the government that serves from the bottom up . Trickle down government from Washington DC continues to fail us. We must shift the power away from bureaucrats in Washington and return it back to the people, closest to home, where it rightly belongs. Taxing people in Indiana, sending our money to czars in Washington DC, then having them tell Hoosiers what we deserve to get back is both wasteful and wrong. The federal government should focus on renewing its commitment to its constitutional role, not on interfering with states that are addressing their challenges successfully on their own way!
Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, HolcombForIndiana.com Oct 1, 2015

Eric Holcomb: Simplifying the 75,000-page tax code would lead to growth

Likewise, to make America safer, stronger and freer we must become the pre-eminent global jobs magnet. When a start-up wants to join the ranks of the global economy or a manufacturer wants to expand, I want their product to be stamped "Made In America." We can do that around the country just as we have in Indiana by removing barriers that hinder job creation. My wife, Janet, sees it every day in the small family manufacturing business she helps to run in Summitville. Less Washington-driven regulation and a simplification of the nearly 75,000-page tax code would lead to much needed growth and innovation for those who create jobs for others.

Another important way to make America safer, stronger and freer is by acknowledging that a bloated federal government, trickle-down-approach is not solving problems, only delaying them. We need to return to the day when states closest to the people best handled their business and there was respect for the rule of law.

Source: Holcomb's Kokomo Tribune OpEd on 2016 Indiana Senate race Jul 9, 2015

Mike Pence: Simplify the tax code

Over the past two years we've made great progress cutting taxes. Now let's simplify the tax code and prevent the rapid increase of property taxes on family farms.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Indiana Legislature Jan 13, 2015

Richard Mourdock: Major tax reforms yes; national sales tax no

Mourdock predicted major tax reforms in Congress, but said he would not support a national sales tax to replace other taxes. He said he supports lower taxes and criticized Donnelly for opposing the elimination of the federal inheritance tax.

Donnelly said he wants to see corporate income tax rates lowered from 35 percent to 25 percent. He said he supports eliminating the inheritance tax, but only once the nation's fiscal picture is improved.

Source: Evansville Courier & Press on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Oct 15, 2012

John Gregg: Recommends slashing corporate taxes

Gregg unveiled his two-part tax plan. One part is to eliminate the corporate income tax for homegrown Hoosier businesses and for companies that relocate to Indiana. Two--reduce the tax burden for all companies that hire Hoosiers or make job-creating investments in factories, equipment, or research and development in Indiana. Gregg˙says more corporate tax rate cuts are needed.
Source: Eagle Country Online on 2016 Indiana gubernatorial race May 17, 2012

Brad Ellsworth: Take away some of the hundreds of tax breaks & exemptions

Viewers learned that Ellsworth and his wife do their own taxes, but that the Democrat believes the tax code needs to be simpler. He said after the debate that Congress needs to consider taking away some of the hundreds of tax breaks, exemptions and other provisions that force small business owners to hire accountants to determine what they owe the government.

Ellsworth said he'd met with advocates for the FairTax, a proposal to essentially wipe out all existing federal taxes and replace them with a 23% sales tax. Individuals and businesses need "to know what to expect for years" from their tax bills, Ellsworth said.

Coats said he's open to the FairTax--but as just one idea among many to explore for making the tax code easier to understand. The tax system needs to be "fairer, flatter, simpler, and there a number of proposals out there that are sensible to take a look at." But Coats said he could not support a value-added tax.

Source: Louisville Courier-Transcript on 2010 Indiana Senate debate Oct 22, 2010

Daniel Coats: Open to the FairTax, but no VAT

Ellsworth said after the debate that Congress needs to consider taking away some of the hundreds of tax breaks, exemptions and other provisions that force small business owners to hire accountants to determine what they owe the government.

Ellsworth said he'd met with advocates for the FairTax, a proposal to essentially wipe out all existing federal taxes and replace them with a 23% sales tax. Individuals and businesses need "to know what to expect for years" from their tax bills, Ellsworth said.

Coats said he's open to the FairTax--but as just one idea among many to explore for making the tax code easier to understand. The tax system needs to be "fairer, flatter, simpler, and there a number of proposals out there that are sensible to take a look at." But Coats said he could not support a value-added tax, a kind of tax common in Europe that taxes products and services at different stages of production.

Source: Louisville Courier-Transcript on 2010 Indiana Senate debate Oct 22, 2010

Mitch Daniels: Raising taxes is the worst thing possible in a recession

Around our nation, states have closed parks, thrown people off Medicaid, & stopped plowing snow. We have done none of those things and don't intend to. Saddest of all, our sister states, at least forty of them, are doing the worst thing possible in times like these. They are raising taxes, adding to the burden on families, and making their economic climates even less attractive to new jobs. We will do whatever is necessary but we will not make this recession worse by adding one cent to the tax burden.
Source: Indiana 2010 State of the State Address Jan 19, 2010

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