Republican legislative leaders who support repealing the business personal property tax point to surrounding states that have already eliminated it, and argue that Indiana needs to do the same to stay competitive. But at the mayors’ meeting, Greller pointed out that those states replaced the lost revenues to local communities.
Senate President David Long, a Fort Wayne Republican whose city would lose $9 million a year if the tax is repealed, said the state can’t afford to replace the lost revenues.
State Sen. Luke Kenley, the powerful chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, told mayors the same thing. “Oh no, the state can’t do it,” he said.
Kenley voiced skepticism about the proposed tax repeal at Wednesday’s meeting of mayors, after someone mentioned the proposal to him. “I’m with you guys on that,” he said.
Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at email@example.com, or follow her on Twitter, @MaureenHayden
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RMH holiday extravaganza
Rush Memorial Hospital is sponsoring their annual Holiday Extravaganza One Stop Shop and Bake Sale today.
The event is held in the Kenneth Earnest Conference Center on the ground floor of the Medical Office Building at Rush Memorial.
The public is invited to come and browse many vendors and a spectacular silent auction. Doors open at 10 a.m. with final bidding for the silent auction ending at 2 p.m. At 7 p.m., the hospital will host the second annual Lights of Love Community Christmas Tree Lighting.
Meet at the13th Street entrance of the hospital for caroling, refreshments, and lighting the tree. Bring the entire family. Every child in will receive a new book to take home with them.