House GOP’s 2022 priorities include tax cuts, curbing COVID-19 vaccine mandates
Indiana House Republicans’ 2022 agenda is led by efforts to cut $1 billion in taxes and curb COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Those are also items that don’t have ringing endorsements from either Senate Republicans or the governor.
The House GOP’s tax reform package is a mix of business, utility and individual tax cuts, eventually costing the state more than $1 billion a year. Senate Republicans and the governor have balked at such a price tag this session, expressing concern for revenue stability and future spending needs.
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House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers) said the state’s revenues are strong enough, even with the proposed cuts contained in HB 1002.
“We’ll have the money to make the investments that need to be made … I am totally confident in that,” Huston said.
House Republicans are also prioritizing a bill, HB 1003, that aims to increase the number of health care workers in the state – something Huston said was a need even before the pandemic.
“It streamlines processes to get more people into that workforce faster,” Huston said.
The 2022 session is set to end in March.
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