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House Dem leader: Pence squandering ‘honeymoon’

Updated: March 3, 2013 6:09AM



INDIANAPOLIS — The leader of Indiana’s House Democrats says Gov. Mike Pence is squandering a rare chance to get his priorities through the Legislature during the bipartisan “honeymoon” that typically exists for a new governor in their first days in office.

Democratic House Minority Leader Scott Pelath of Michigan City said Friday that Pence needs to deliver more details about how he will run the state and do more to support jobs measures being considered in the General Assembly.

“I think Governor Pence wants to do a good job,” Pelath said, “but his honeymoon period is slipping away from him. We need the governor to provide leadership in addressing this immediate jobs problem.”

He listed a number of bills filed in the Senate from both Republicans and Democrats, including a bill by State Rep. Karlee Macer, D-Indianapolis, that would create a work-share program to bring employers on part-time and legislation by Rep. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, that would offer tax breaks for investing in low-income community businesses.

A Pence spokeswoman declined to comment on Pelath’s critiques.

Pence has argued since taking office that cutting the personal income tax by 10 percent is the best jobs plan available to Indiana residents. He is also traveling the state pushing for improved vocational training in Indiana schools.

AP contributed to this story.



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