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Indiana Democrats call GOP backed tax cut plan a sham

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The top Democrats in the Indiana Legislature say the Republican-backed state tax cut plan is a sham that won't help the middle class.

House Democratic leader Scott Pelath said Friday that the state's economy won't benefit much because the 5 percent income tax cut will give little extra money to most people and won't begin until 2015.

Pelath says the Republican budget plan also shortchanges public schools with only 2 percent and 1 percent increases over the next two years. He says that doesn't make up for funding cuts made by former Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Senate Democratic leader Tim Lanane says the Republican-controlled Legislature failed to take steps to address the state's 8 percent-plus unemployment rate and low wages for average workers.



Posted 4/26/2013