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
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
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.