As session winds down, local legislators share updates on several laws


Sen. Mike Crider (left) and Rep. Bob Cherry predicted that some form of cut in the business personal property tax would come up for a vote before the end of the session on March 14. (Maribeth Vaughn/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — From annexations to old barns and gay marriage to tax cuts, local lawmakers gave an update on their pet projects and statewide hot-button issues Tuesday as the legislative session comes to an end.

State Rep. Bob Cherry and state Sen. Mike Crider gave local elected officials and members of the Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce an update on the laws that will affect Hoosiers in the near future and the ones that fell flat.

Both said some kind of compromise will be reached on Gov. Mike Pence’s top goal, eliminating or reducing taxes on business property, before the session ends next week.

“It’s a race to stay on top, and we’ve got to keep working,” said Cherry. “We can’t stay status quo.”

Pence started the session seeking an elimination of the business equipment tax, but he later scaled back his request amid concern from local leaders who stood to lose $1 billion in revenue to run local government. Several town councils in Hancock County signed resolutions opposing the elimination of the tax, and while there has been talk about sending the issue to a summer study committee, Cherry and Crider said something is bound to be worked out before the session ends next week.

“We want to try to eliminate or cut personal property taxes, but this would mean an impact on local government, so we’re very cautious of that,” Cherry said.

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