Special Session to Override Pence’s Tax Veto – Open Item
The General Assembly is going to be called into a Special Session for the purpose of overriding a Governor’s veto for the first time since the Speaker and President Pro Tempore have been given the power to do so.
The veto they are voting to override involves legislation that deals local tax issues in The Region. The issue that triggered Gov. Mike Pence’s veto was retroactively granting Jackson and Pulaski Counties cover for having imposed illegally high tax rates. The legislation had wide support in the General Assembly, with only State Senator Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) voting against the bill in either chamber.
Indiana’s News Center reports that House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the session is necessary to overcome the administrative burden that would be placed on the state to calculate years worth of refunds. The illegal rates have been in place for several years.
Do you agree with the governor’s veto? Do you agree with the legislative leadership that giving these counties legislative amnesty for making a mistake is the right way to go? Is it worth spending the money on a special session to override this veto?
Also, if you missed it, be sure to check out our own Robert Burgess’ exclusive interview with Gov. Pence from yesterday. Be on the lookout for our Tweet of the Week! Voting will be open through the holiday weekend.
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