Republican legislators split on prospects of Indiana tax cut

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Leader Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, right, speaks with reporters as House Speaker Todd Huston, R-Fishers, looks on following the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Legislative Preview Luncheon on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Indianapolis. Huston called approving state tax cuts a “huge priority goal” for the 2022 legislative session, while Messmer said Senate Republicans planned to “proceed with extreme caution” when it comes to tax cuts.(AP Photo/Tom Davies)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s fast-growing tax collections have some Republican lawmakers looking to push through tax cuts during the upcoming legislative session even as that move faces skepticism.

An economy spurred by federal COVID1-9 relief spending has the Republican leader of the Indiana House saying tax cuts are a “huge priority goal.”

Republican House Speaker Todd Huston said Monday he expects the GOP-controlled House would support cuts to the state’s 3.23% individual income tax rate or expanded credits to reduce what income taxes are owed.

Senate Majority Leader Mark Messmer of Jasper, however, said he believed the state should “proceed with extreme caution” when it comes to tax cuts.

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