By Erika Brock
INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence is scheduled to talk about property taxes and preschool when he give his second State of State address at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the House chambers during a joint session of the General Assembly.
Gov. Mike Pence told lawmakers in his first State of the State address in 2013 on Tuesday that an income tax cut would bolster the state’s economy. Lawmakers eventually agreed to give him half the cut he wanted. Photo by Lindsay Wenning, TheStatehouseFile.com
The address will be live-streamed at www.in.gov/gov/2014stateofstate.htm.
“My message is going to be that we need to build on momentum,” Pence said recently as he was working on the address. “Indiana is strong and growing stronger.”
The governor’s office is urging listeners to tweet about the speech using #INSOTS.
Pence has already announced the major pieces of his agenda. He plans to ask lawmakers to release $400 million in transportation funds that the General Assembly set aside last year for future road projects, create a voucher program to pay for preschool for low-income children, and phase out the property tax on business equipment.
The vouchers for preschools would be available to children of families whose household income is up to 185 percent of the federal poverty level, which is currently $43,567 for a family of four.
The business personal property tax provides $1 billion for local governments and schools. Pence has not released a plan to replace the revenue. He said it’s up to lawmakers to create a “tax reform” package that doesn’t unduly hurt local governments.
Erika Brock is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.