Courier Press: Pence asks groups to tone down rhetoric against opponents of tax cut
INDIANAPOLIS — At the same time he is pressing key legislative leaders to cut Indiana’s income tax rate, Gov. Mike Pence is also seeking to deflate a conservative group’s criticism of House Republicans who so far have not given the governor what he wants.
This week Pence told leaders of Americans for Prosperity, which is in the second week of an advertising campaign that blasts House Republicans and champions the governor’s effort to lower the state’s income tax from 3.4 percent to 3.06 percent, that those ads are too negative…
The Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity has offered a withering critique of House Republicans’ performance through the first half of Indiana’s four-month, budget-writing 2013 legislative session.
The organization graded House members’ votes on 12 bills and produced a scorecard that showed Republicans occupying 13 of its bottom 15 positions.
It launched a television ad in the Indianapolis market during the days lawmakers are in town that criticizes the House Republican budget and asks: “Will Indiana grow the economy or grow government spending?”
And in a new radio ad released this week, an actor says that “the House thought that money should go toward government spending instead of hardworking taxpayers.” The actor adds that there is “still time to make it right” and urges listeners to call their lawmakers.
“We wanted to show that there was frustration out there with the way the budget process has been going,” said Chase Downham, the Indiana state director for Americans for Prosperity.
“This is not a personal attack on them. It’s not an attack on the Republican Party. It’s not an attack on a particular caucus. We fight for taxpayers and for less government spending.”
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