Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Indiana House Treats Pence Differently Than Daniels

Mike Pence's first major proposal hit the Statehouse floor like a lead balloon on Monday when the House Ways and Means Committee failed to include Pence's 10 percent across the board tax cut in its official budget proposal.

This sets up a potential civil war between the House Republicans and Governor Pence and shows a clear difference in how the Indiana House sees the current occupant of the Governor's Office vs. the previous one.  The House hath spoken on its budget...by an 18-4 vote!  Pence can stammer all he wants about how disappointed he is, but I'd say the vote pretty much repudiates his tax cut.

Let's fast forward two years, can you imagine the Indiana House ever standing up to Mitch Daniels like this? Heck no.  For them, Pence is a bit of an unknown commodity.  It seems like perhaps they think of him as an outsider whereas Daniels wasn't.

Besides, Daniels was too smart to propose anything he knew wouldn't stand up.  The Indiana House has been telegraphing its moves here, and Pence was either too politically inept or too stubborn to change his tune.

This is one of the cornerstone of Pence's campaign for Governor.  If he can't get this through, then he will have already failed on one campaign promise.  Pretty silly for a guy with a legislative background not being able to negotiate with his own legislature.

I'm not sure to call this 10 percent proposal dead yet.  Certainly someone in the GOP will see how this makes their own governor look toothless and try to find a way to make him look better.

5 comments:

Paul K. Ogden said...

"Besides, Daniels was too smart to propose anything he knew wouldn't stand up."

You mean like the one year tax on wealthy people Daniels proposed his first year in office?

thomas said...

Actually, one of Daniels' first legislative initiatives was to push for an income tax INCREASE. And the Republican caucus told him to go to hell. So in a way -- a bizarre way -- all of this has happened before, all of this will happen again.

thomas said...

If I remember correctly, one of Daniels' first legislative initiatives was to propose an income tax INCREASE. It was summarily rejected by his own Republican caucus. All of this has happened before, all of this will happen again.

Abdul said...

Jon,

A quick history lesson. When Daniels first came into office he proposed a 1% income tax increase on those making more than $100,000 annually to help close the state budget shortfall.

Bosma and Garton shot that down immediately. The alternative was the subsequent free and spending cuts. So what is happening to Pence is not new, per se. And I am sure if you go back far enough, Frank O'Bannon and Evan Bayh had something similar happen.

Anonymous said...

Daniels did not campaign on a 10% tax increase for the wealthy. This 10% cut was about the only specific substance Pence offered during his campaign. Big difference.