Lehman: Biz tax elimination unlikely

    After deciding late last week that a decision on a controversial constitutional ban on same-sex marriage would not be put before state voters this year, the Indiana General Assembly reportedly is also ready to postpone action on its other hot-ticket item — a bill to eliminate the state’s business personal property tax.
    State Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, told some two dozen constituents at a town-hall meeting Saturday in Decatur that Gov. Mike Pence’s top priority during this current legislative session “is in jeopardy.”
    All money generated by the business personal property tax goes directly to units of local government throughout the state, and Lehman said opposition to the abolition of the tax is widespread.
    The “nail in the coffin” against the elimination of the tax came when a statewide coalition of economic development directors voiced unified opposition to the bill late last week, he said.
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